The beauty of unruly Republicans
February 10th, 2011
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The beauty of unruly Republicans

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."

Washington (CNN) - So Republicans are now in charge in the House, and they're having some growing pains. It seems that their new flock is filled with independent sorts who may listen to their leaders, but still go their own way.

A revolt over a vote to retrieve some money from the United Nations? You bet. A refusal to approve an extension of George W. Bush's Patriot Act (acting in cahoots with Democrats, no less)? Yep. And, behind closed doors, arguments for more budget cuts than the leaders think is prudent, or doable. Who do these new guys think they are, anyway?


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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    At least the job killing republicans are providing late night comedians material for their monologues. While they destroy our country, republicans can still provide comic relief.

    February 10, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. carrie

    Maybe not a bad thing , they were elected to serve as "not business as usual" so lets see what happens .

    February 10, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    That, of course, is what the Democrats are banking on. While President Barack Obama's new budget next week is going to contain cuts that are unpalatable to much of his base, it's not going to cut as deeply as the new GOPers would want. And their bet is simple: when the public actually sees what the GOP wants to cut, it will balk.
    That's because the Democrats have given 50% of the people in this country a free pas on paying taxes while feeding heavily from the government trough. It's like trying to takie a doughnut away from a 500lb person. YOU know they don't need it but they think you are trying to starve them.

    Fact is $100 billion in a $3000 Billion budget is still small. But you have to start somewhere. The Democrats have said to never start cutting, never cut anything, everything is too precious. If that is the case then let them vote to tax the 50% of Americans that are getting a free ride in this country. Time for SHARED SACRIFICE.

    February 10, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Missed the point again, Borger. It's not "who do these guys think they are?"'s "who are these guys proving themselevs to be?" I don't give a crap who they think they are...they're proving to be ideologue whackjobs who lack any fundamental grounding in facts, evidence, historical record, science or pragmatic solution generation...that's enough for me.

    And calling these right-wing-extremist, Teatard-elected newbies "independent thinkers" is blatantly ridiculous. A greater hive-mind, know-nothing mentality hasn't existed in American politics for a very very long time, and it's not only present in the GOP in general but also in the subset known as the Teatards. What you've got here is the battle that takes place when a new queen hatches and tries to take the old queen's hive away...but they're still all the same wasps.

    February 10, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. ReFascistican

    Those Teatards are so right wing, that they're voting along with liberals. Wow! I bet Bonehead didn't see that one coming.

    February 10, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. vic nashville tn

    Last election GOP’s main platform anti Obama first mistake

    Tea party took over the GOP second mistake its should be other way around

    Next two years republican’s house can’t achieve anything big by 2012 GOP look like joker

    Only way they can come out of this mess they have to join with democrats achieve some thing big (immigration education reform) then they can claim we are part of that

    Far right is their problem now

    February 10, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What you call 'beauty' is America's ugly. Republicans represent the worst in America.

    February 10, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    [The beauty of unruly Republicans]
    [Who do these new guys think they are, anyway?]
    "Unruly" NEW Republicans –
    On their WAY to ROT and DECAY!!!

    February 10, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. megan

    this is one of those wtf moment that the gop hate. the more they try to bring down the prez the more they screw themseleves. Bonehead don"t know how to run nothing but his daddy bar. He may not have ran that good. he look like someone that would drank up the profit.

    February 10, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    The guys who recognize the failings of those who have gone before.

    February 10, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Sanity Please

    Hope Boehner doesn't start crying everytime they don't listen to him.

    February 10, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |