Borger: Obama can't kick his legacy down the road
February 19th, 2013
03:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Borger: Obama can't kick his legacy down the road

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

(CNN) - So let's try and recount why we are where we are: In August, 2011, Washington was trying to figure out how to raise the debt ceiling-so the US might continue to pay its bills-when a stunt was hatched: Kick the can down the road.

And not only kick it down the road, but do it in a way that would eventually force Washington to do its work: Invent a punishment.

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  1. Guest

    Legacy of failure!

    February 19, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Of course, Borger's hit piece fails to acknowledge one glaring fact: no matter what Obama says, does or proposes, the GOP/Teatrolls will obstruct and demagogue it. Your entire attempt to lay all blame at Obama's feet falls apart on that one simple little fact. Pretending that's not the case is just reality-denial and ignores the history of the past 4 years. The GOP/Teatrolls are going to have to learn their lesson and learn it the hard way before they relent, and no, losing a second election to Obama wasn't the "hard way"...their virtual destruction via Obama handing out more and more rope and their demographic armageddon are the "hard way."

    February 19, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Guest

    Obstruction, demagoguery.....does your story ever change sniifit? The history of the past 4 years is failed leadership, more precisely – no leadership! The good news though, it is entertaining to watch the democrats panic as actual cuts may occur for a change. Hear that? It's a whistle, the democrats are raping my pay check!

    February 19, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. rs

    Guest
    Legacy of failure!
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    That certainly describes Republicans since 200. Short and to the point!

    February 19, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. otlset

    His legacy is debt, unemployment, slumping economy, heightened racial and ethnic divisions, class warfare, a failed foreign policy, and creeping socialism with ever-bigger government. Four years of fail and counting.

    February 19, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Better get ready to scramble folks. It appears the Liberals have run out if ideas, money (Your Money), excuses and brains, not necessarrilly in that order.And your savior has turned into just another charleton.

    February 19, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Of course, Borger's hit piece fails to acknowledge one glaring fact: no matter what Obama says, does or proposes, the GOP/Teatrolls will obstruct and demagogue it. Your entire attempt to lay all blame at Obama's feet falls apart on that one simple little fact. Pretending that's not the case is just reality-denial and ignores the history of the past 4 years. The GOP/Teatrolls are going to have to learn their lesson and learn it the hard way before they relent, and no, losing a second election to Obama wasn't the "hard way"...their virtual destruction via Obama handing out more and more rope and their demographic armageddon are the "hard way."
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    Back away from the koolaide, you have had waaayyyy tooooo much of it.

    February 19, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "So let's try and recount why we are where we are:"

    Coming from the media, this is just too rich to ignore ... so, yeah, Gloria. Let's try ...

    But first, don't forget your GOPer E-mail. You know. All those GOP memo's you media pundits love to copy and pass around to all the TeaPers you're hoping to reel in and salivate over?

    February 19, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Len

    Fails to mention that the GOP and Tea Party did not want to work with President Obama....Remember Senator McConnell's
    statement: We will work hard to make Obama a one term president. And when did compromise become a bad word? Remember the facts people!!!!

    February 19, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Pete

    @Guest,if you want failures buddy,gal you don't have to go any further than your two republicans in the Bushs...I won't go any further than to say with Reagan,Nixon running close at 2nd,3rd place your party pretty much got the race for the worse president all times sewn up!!Just remember who stole from SocialSecurity with Allan Greenspan first to balance the budget,who had two embassies,barracks bombed killing over 300 military personnel,Watergate,tied to a possible assasination attempt on Ted Kennedy years ago and your two favorite morons from Texas with unfunded wars,tax cuts and others to put our country into a downward economic spiral and it wasn't democrates I can assure yah!!So go back do some research "Guest" because you'll be appalled at the shear arrogence, ignorence ,unpatriotic behavior that is your republican party and presidents,really pathedic if you read,I did I'm glad I'm a democrate for sure!!

    February 19, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Back away from the koolaide, you have had waaayyyy tooooo much of it."

    Still posting under someone else's name, eh? What's the matter, afraid to have your posts identified with a unique name for yourself? Chickenshyte.

    Besides, are you denying that the GOP/Teatrolls will simply disagree with anything and everything Obama says and does no matter what it is? If so, we can start talking polls that show differently if you'd like.

    February 19, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "The good news though, it is entertaining to watch the democrats panic as actual cuts may occur for a change. "

    We're not at all pnicked. If sequester hits, it will do unimaginable damage to the GOP/Teatrolls. Polls show them getting blamed for it big time (i.e., your blame shift nonsense isn't working). I'm more than willing to see that happen if they won't start behaving like adults. Once they are out of the way and under the bus, we can back it up a few times before moving forward and be done with it.

    February 19, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |