September 15th, 2010
01:17 PM ET
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Borger: GOP created its own monster in Tea Party

CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger says the GOP created its own monster in the Tea Party.
CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger says the GOP created its own monster in the Tea Party.

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union" as well as participating in special events coverage.

(CNN) - Once upon a time, back after Barack Obama's impressive 2008 presidential win, defeated and depressed Republicans had to do something to prove they still had a pulse. So leaders went out of their way - and it wasn't easy - to recruit stellar, well-known, GOP candidates for Senate: a governor in Charlie Crist of Florida, a secretary of state in Trey Grayson of Kentucky, a seasoned and popular congressman in Mike Castle of Delaware.

At the time, it seemed like a really good plan. And it got even better when President Obama and his jolly band of congressional Democrats shepherded through some controversial, and unpopular, legislation. Huge bills to reform health care and stimulate the economy played right into the GOP wheelhouse: too much government, too much spending.

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  1. Snow

    Yes they did but the we Conservatives(Tea Party)reject the RINO'S crist,grayson,castle and others. They were liberals with an R next to their name and that was totally unacceptable. The intent of the Tea Party is for power to be returned to the people and reduce the size and cost of government.

    September 15, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Gloria, seriously? Too much government, too much spending? Who do you propose should spend during a recession/depression to get the economy stimulated? The corporations sure arent. The banks won't lend to small businesses.

    And while you're bashing health care reform, maybe you could clue us in on where you're coming from. Do you have coverage? Do you pay for it yourself? Do you have to go without food on the table in order to afford it, or the other costs associated wth it like prescription drugs and having to cough up what the crappy policies don't cover?

    I just love this cavalier attitude by the media "elites" who have no clue what the average person is putting up with out here on Main Street.

    September 15, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Peter E

    Why is CNN trying to sensationalize what are otherwise not all that impressive victories? People think the Tea Party is some huge contender that's overturning government as we know it. This ignores the fact that over 90% of incumbents who ran for re-election won their primaries so far. (guess what's going to happen in November also) The Tea Party didn't even run/back any candidate in most elections. Also, while there were a couple of highly publicized upsets, most of the Tea Party backed candidates were actually also the republican establishment backed candidates. Overall the Tea Party's victories are but a few percentage of the whole, and many of those victories themselves are victories for the establishment too.

    September 15, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Paul Ernest Show

    The GOP is being taken over by the Tea party. Soon the party will have no choice but to change its name, but that is not in the best interest of the nation. First, we have a Tea party Sarah Palin, who is a mediocre. Second, she is helping and inspiring other band of Tea party politicians, who are equally mediocre. Angry or protest votes works against the idea of choosing the best or near best candidates. The consequence is that we will soon have mediocre, extremists, nonentities running government.
    Americans ought to take a breather and consider what's best for America. The Tea party is not the answer to America's present problems.
    It is ominous, to say the least.

    September 15, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. terry

    Fiscally conservative americans are now a "monster"? I hate to be so rude but Gloria your face looks like a monster.

    September 15, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. RufusVonDufus

    As an indy voter who has absolutely nothing in common with what the Dem's have been doing I must agree that the do-nothing Repub's have created the Tea Party. Had the Repub's done anything at all except fight to keep the wealthy rolling in the green maybe they would still be in power in one of the houses. I see no hope for them in the November elections because of their uncontrolled greed. I have had it with both of our stinking political parties and will vote for and then against anyone new if that person does little or nothing. Kill all of your butts goodbye, I hope!

    September 15, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Hammerer

    The American people have become angry and to some that means a monster. The talking heads will realize that all of the spin they spew about the angry AMERICANS will not stop the move to oust the elitist in Washington. CNN should know more than anyone that the propaganda being pushed by the media will not be accepted. Their viewer ratings should be a clue.

    September 15, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Marcus

    The best line that I can come up with (without having to think too much) is and old Spanish saying: 'Cria cuervos... que te comeran los ojos...' or in English 'Raise crows and they will eat your eyes...'

    September 15, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Bob

    The GOP didn't create the Tea Party...the MSM still doesn't get it! The Tea Party is about We The People. It's about getting back to basics and what made this country strong. It's about following the Constitution. It's smaller government, less spending, and lower taxes!

    The GOP and Dems will be held accountable! This problem started a while ago and G.W.B. was a big part of it. The damage is just being accelerated under B.H.O.

    September 15, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. The reality is...

    Nice try, Borger, but you just don't seem to get it. Even independents are fed up with "even these most routine spending bills" and government control. The government has screwed up Social Security and Medi-Care. AND we are still livid about the "Health-Care" back-room deal (bribes and all) that was shoved down our throats, and the huge power grab and violation of our Constitutional rights by forcing us to purchase something we don't want*. The people have finally realized that you Washington insiders don't give a hoot about the rest of the country. All the Tea Party needs to do is drum up their own media outlets to get the truth out...no, wait... the truth IS out and November will prove it.

    BTW, the polls say what per cent of the American people trust the
    government?

    *Of course you'll have those politicians and "journalist" who say it's no different from having to purchase auto insurance. Let's get this straight once and for all. We don't have to have auto insurance unless we drive an auto. The "Health-care" bill forces you to carry health insurance just because you live and breathe. Is the huge difference that difficult to grasp?

    September 15, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Ibrahim

    Love it ! A house divided into two cannot and will not stand

    September 15, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    I'm sorry Gloria but you are wrong thinking it is the GOP fault for the emerging tea party.
    The fault belongs to both the Democrats and the Republicans who hold a monopoly on our Government. These two major parties have ignored the will of the people for too long. Both parties disrespect the American workers thinking they are too dumb to know what is happening. Well you can call the tea party all the names in the book but the last thing they are is stupid. What's stupid is to continue to vote for representation that ignores you.

    September 15, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. diridi

    In spite of I never liked this lap sided lady, she at last told the truth......Again, I am telling Democrats will sweep the elections like last year.....what, McCain v Obama....348/140 electoral votes...People got fed up with bunch of thugs GOP has....they need to eradicate like a weed in my back yard.....I keep plucking dandelion, broad leaf....

    September 15, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. rob

    "Pardon the expression, but it seems the GOP has created its own miscreant offspring"

    News Flash to Gloria and the rest of the liberal Dem cheeleaders in the Media: NO DEMOCRATS ARE RUNNING ON THE RECORD OF THIS CONGRESS, IN FACT, THEY ARE RUNNING AWAY AS FAST A S THEY CAN.

    The Liberal "intelectuals", and their friends in the Media are trying to rationalize away what is happening in the country by labeling the Tea Partiers but they suffer from a condition called "Group Think". They read the New York Times and go to cocktali parties with all their other Liberal friends and decide that the American people are STUPID and don't know what is good for them.

    I Hope this election is a landslide larger than any we have ever seen. The corrupt elites, including the Republicans in Washington need to be voted out in November.

    September 15, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Angus McDugan

    Please.... The Tea Party is external to the GOP! It is an uprising of Americans that are sick and tired of republicans calling themselves conservatives and then spending money and growing government to protect their own job.

    September 15, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Mr Paul Revere

    Maybe this "monster" will be able to stop the Raping and Pillaging of Main Street by the "current monster"

    September 15, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. stevegee

    The Tea Party "monster" as you so put it, is going to destroy the Democrat majority on November 2nd. And then Obama will be nothing more than a lame duck mistake!

    September 15, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. David

    Really the Tea Party is the result of a power play by the extreme right wing of the GOP to bolster their influence on the party and push the GOP further right.

    September 15, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. librarian

    The GOP fuly deserves the tea party. This is what happens when lunatics take over because the party has no vision nor clear policy. Except saying no of course.

    September 15, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Myro T. Clemas

    It's getting close to Halloween... Monster Mash anyone?

    September 15, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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