Borger: Republicans put their family feud on display
January 17th, 2012
01:31 PM ET
6 years ago

Borger: Republicans put their family feud on display

Washington (CNN) - "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

With apologies to Leo Tolstoy, his masterpiece "Anna Karenina" - and its opening line - comes to mind when spending some time with the GOP field. They're an unhappy brood all right - dissatisfied with President Barack Obama, with the economy, with what they consider overregulation, with deficits, with big government, with the tax code.


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    "The personal attacks against me during the primary finally became so heavy that the state Republican chairman, Gaylord Parkinson, postulated what he called the Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. It's a rule I followed during that campaign and have ever since." – R.W.R.

    January 17, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Tina

    The good thing about Republicans, they vetted their candidates as painfully as it is. I like it. Unlike Democrats they all bow down and hail Obama and look what happen? Hillary would be much better off than Obama. And right now, Democrats continue to hail and bown down to Obama with Solyndra, Fast and Furios, Unemployment, Underemployment, Economy is bad, Gas prices going up..

    January 17, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Gurgi

    So far, the republicans have been their own worst enemy. All they are doing is making it more difficult to remove the "man who would be king," from the white house.

    January 17, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "1) I don't see anyone suggesting that he has broken a law by paying 15% on his investments. You need to ask why the rule is 15%, not why Gov Romney followed the law."

    Purposefully obtuse much? The point is that MITTENS SUPPORTS MAKING HIS OWN TAX RATE EVEN BETTER AND SEES NO PROBLEM WITH THE EXTERMELY WEALTHY PAYING MUCH LOWER RATES THAN STRUGGLING MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES, while his proposed "reforms" would raise taxes on people making less than $40,000. Nobody's attacking Mittens for paying the rate the gov't charges. We've already questioned the rule, however, and found it wanting. That he continues to not only support the rules and the way things work now but wants to make it even worse, THAT is why he's going to face constant attack.

    January 17, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    What the republicans are going through is actually pretty normal for a party that has suffered a major setback. All they are doing is working their way through a reorganization. In 2008 the voters repudiated the W administration and its record. In 2010 the GOP came out with the Tea Party, which worked once but has already fallen into disrepute. Evangelicals have declined in power and the ultra-rich risen via their super PACs. They will try different ideas and approaches until they start winning more elections, and that coalition, whatever it is, will stay in charge until the next great setback. I've seen both parties do this more than once in my lifetime.

    January 17, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Unlike Democrats they all bow down and hail Obama and look what happen?"

    You mean the Obama that won an upset victory over the heir apparent, Hillary Clinton, and suprised everyone by running such a powerful campaign that it blasted him through the nomination AND the general election? Or are you talking about some other Obama who was expected to win all along with that kind of landslide support? If it's the latter, I suggest you stop trying to get your news from Cartoon Network and Faux.

    January 17, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Bob

    Let the little children the GOP has squabble to their hearts content, NONE OF THEM has ANY solution ot the problems THEY caused.

    January 17, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. older than dirt

    This is not a family feud it's a family brawl. Now the only question is can Romney make it to the end of round 3.
    If he does my party ( Republican ) will come up short this fall. Romney is not Christian nor is he a Conservative.

    We need a president in the White house with conservative values. TIME TO DRAFT HUCKABEE.

    January 17, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. ddblah

    Looks like Tea partiers start to love Obamacare, I mean Romneycare.

    January 17, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Josaphat Daniels

    Tina, you must have Obama confused with romney because the republicans are so desperate on defeating Obama that
    they won't seriously press romney hard just like when pawlenty had his chance face to face with romney and chickened out and everybody on the republican side like haley,mccain even bolton following romney around like his pet puppies to
    campain for him. As for the economy unemployment is shrinking gradually and ten months is enough time for things to get
    better and when they do what's your man going to do? Obama will flatten him even if things remain at 8 percent. Don't underestimate Obama.

    January 17, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney is the man who was chosen to be king.

    January 17, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It was written that " . . .republicans have been their own worst enemy . . ." Don't forget, they are also the worst enemy of Americans.

    January 17, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. bullock w

    My friend and people are still keep complain against fraud check scam from afrcian amercian so who people are reviced fraud check scam against vote for presdient obama

    January 17, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Gurgi

    @Wire, way to take something out of context. Oh, wait, I forgot, that is the liberal way.

    January 17, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |