BORGER: Is GOP race turning into a circus?
December 7th, 2011
12:17 PM ET
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BORGER: Is GOP race turning into a circus?

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360˚" "The Situation Room," "John King USA" and "State of the Union."

(CNN) - No doubt about it, the Republican presidential candidates are reaching a critical point: It's less than one month before the Iowa caucuses. A majority of GOP voters - and Iowa caucus-goers - say they could still change their minds. The president has thrown down the gauntlet on tax cuts for the middle class, and the GOP needs to speak with one voice in response. It's decision time, and there are real questions that need to be answered with clarity.


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  1. rs

    The side-show notion may ring more true than we know. The GOP/TP candidates seem to live lives rich in fiction (poor got that way through poor decisions- as if good ones might make them rich), questionable fantasy- (giving the richest even more tax cuts will bring jobs); hypocracy- (tax cuts for the middle class must be paid for, but ones for the richest 300,000 can keep wrecking the budget and adding to the defict), and my personal favorite- "American Exceptionalism" which now apparently means: no affordable healthcare for the poor, no more Social Security, the end of Civil Rights, raping the environment, the end of voting rights, and on and on.
    Yup, Freak Show.

    December 7, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. ST

    The really circus has yet to begin Gloria. What they have been doing was just only a warm up. Just wait when the dancing of getting their nominee kicks up, it gonna be something to remember in many years to come.

    December 7, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Anthony

    Yes. Trump should have stayed in the Republican race. He fits right in.

    December 7, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. stevie

    RudyNYC: The "first black POTUS" has been a failure, regardless of his race. Only to liberals is race relevant to everything. Keep practicing that politics of identity. Everyone but liberals are sick of it.

    December 7, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. nam vet

    Since when was politics anything but a circus. look at our current clown " potus", he is a master of con. he would think
    he was all, for everyone ,when in reality, he has only retoric to us all. his biggest supporter is only in the minds of those
    who have never had a clue on anything since birth."God" save our country from he who thinks he is king. we are free
    and no party that has no roots in family and "God" will ever put us in such a traitors hands, We are better than that!

    December 7, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Laurie in Spokane

    You mean Borger is just now figuring out the Republican candidate frenzy is a circus? Look at the clowns they have – Palin, Gingrich, Bachmann, Trump, Perry, Cain.....pathetic bunch of boobs. It sure gives me a good laugh, and all their idiotic antics and mud-slinging at each other can only help Obama.

    December 7, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Logic in LA

    Now she asks this? where has she been for three years? Palin, Trump, Bachmann, Perry,Paul, Cain, Newt and Romney in between all of this. It's a three ring circus full of clowns

    December 7, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. gypsyboomer

    Has always been full of clowns, unfortunately they are not very funny, but kinda scary in their antics.

    December 7, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. informed voter

    It is sad and pathetic what has happened to the process of electing our leaders. The latest shenanigans from the GOP, holding endless debates that come off as an American Idol reality show, the pledges to special interest groups, the holier than thou hypocrisy, has created a circus P. T. Barnum would be proud of. There's a sucker born every minute, and if this nation elects any of the GOP clowns running for president, we will surely have been suckers. Obama 2012, seriously.

    December 7, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    Turning into a circus? It's more like it IS a circus, will be a circus and is not capable of being anything else other than a circus.
    The end.

    December 7, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Hammerer

    Forget about the GOP.
    I like obama's new idea of giving everyone a fair chance. If there is anything a person wants that the 1% has just take it.
    It is not fair that money can buy more for one group than another.
    Take the dollar out of the equation and everyone will have equal rights to everything.
    Yours for the taking!

    December 7, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. GOP is a Joke

    How dare y'all compare GOPs to Clowns? these people are honnest, hard working, when it comes to challenges they always suceed... GOPs will never ever ever ever be like a clown.
    If you don't beleive me, ask Cain about how his inspirational speech quoting Pokemon the movie song (true story)

    Obama 2012!!!

    December 7, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Republican who supports President Obama

    It's a little late to say circus. The label I would use would be: JOKE. They really have no substance after looking at all of the flip-flops and lies they have stated.

    December 7, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    From day 1 it was circus, every month we seen different clown lead circus

    What happened to republicans really its bother me lot

    December 7, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    The field reflects the state of the Republican Party and the entire conservative movement. Who actually leads the party, and who is the primary conservative thought provoker? Right up until she "dropped out" Sarah Palin seemed to lead the Republican Party, and take your pick of conservative talk show hosts as to who is the primary conservative thought provoker.

    December 7, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    All it took for the GOP to lose its' collective mind was the election of our nation's first Black president.
    Thank-you. Interesting choice of words, "collective mind". It carries a double meaning. I like it.

    December 7, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC


    RudyNYC: The "first black POTUS" has been a failure, regardless of his race.
    "....this president hates white people...." Glenn Beck, on air remark made when he lead the ratings for his time slot.

    December 7, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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