October 13th, 2010
07:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Analysis: O’Donnell’s deficit answer won’t solve it

7:46 p.m. - O’Donnell weak so far on deficit question. Still relies on waste, fraud and abuse, which can't solve a trillion-dollar deficit problem.


Filed under: Debate Analysis • Delaware
October 6th, 2010
09:03 AM ET
4 years ago

The Sweep: How did it come to this?

(CNN) - The House has just adjourned - a week early -to go home so Democrats can run for their political lives. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ardent as ever, calls in a group of journalists to make her pitch about the productive Congress - and begins with a list of achievements (health care, Wall Street reform, stimulus, small business jobs act).

"I'm so proud of it," she says, sounding like a parent examining a brilliant report card, beaming.

But near the end of the session, the tough, pragmatic Pelosi - the one who has the uphill battle to keep her speakership, the one Republicans boast they want to "fire" - let something slip through her relentlessly upbeat analysis. The unemployment rate, she admits, is a tough reality - and manna for the Republicans.

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Filed under: Congress • Democratic Party • Nancy Pelosi • Republican Party
October 4th, 2010
08:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats gird for final push

(CNN) – Democrats are heading into the weeks leading up to Election Day with a final push of ads, strategy and spin.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sources say they are up with ads in 36 districts. The sources said that Democrats are "heavily reserved" in air time, which could mean spending almost $50 million on advertising.

Expect this to be a nasty-and personal-campaign, as Democrats try to make this a district-by-district election while the GOP continues to nationalize it. Today I was told that the Democrats had "barely begun" their ad wars.

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Filed under: 2010 • Democrats
October 1st, 2010
05:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Pelosi defiant on keeping the House

(Washington) CNN - At a session with journalists on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear she's not interested in talking about losing the House of Representatives in the upcoming midterm elections. She was defiant, and would not hear of the possibility of a GOP wave.

"I would rather be where we are than where they are," Pelosi said.

And what about the conventional wisdom that the Democratic base will stay at home because it is disappointed in Obama?

"I am the base," she said, recalling her days as chair of the California Democratic party, making the point that Democratic candidates "will own the ground on our races."

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Filed under: 2010 • Nancy Pelosi
September 27th, 2010
09:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats may attack Rove in ads

(CNN) - A senior Democratic strategist said Monday that the party could release campaign ads in some targeted congressional districts attacking Karl Rove and his ties to a new conservative group, American Crossroads. Rove, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, is helping to lead the new cash-flush group.

Democrats have been testing Rove's popularity, and he "continues to be unpopular with the Democratic base" says the Democratic strategist. The political spots presumably would remind voters that Rove is still a campaign presence for Republicans, particularly given his involvement with what the Democratic strategist calls "a secretly funded corporate campaign."

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Filed under: 2010 • American Crossroads • Karl Rove
September 15th, 2010
03:40 PM ET
4 years ago

NRSC to go on offensive

Washington (CNN) - As early as next week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee will "go on the offense," according to a senior Senate campaign strategist, laying out its path to victory in a number of Senate races – not claiming to be on the verge of a majority, but well on its way.

While the path to a majority just got a lot tougher last night with the defeat of Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware for the GOP nomination, this campaign strategist says "We're going to take our lumps after Delaware. But for all of the beltway narrative, we are winning in a lot of places."

Does that mean a majority? Maybe not, "but we're still going to win a bunch of seats."

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Filed under: NRSC
September 15th, 2010
01:17 PM ET
4 years ago

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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September 1st, 2010
12:38 PM ET
4 years ago

Borger: Will Obama be a Clinton – or a Carter?

 Gloria Borger says President Obama's discussion of economy fell flat.
Gloria Borger says President Obama's discussion of economy fell flat.

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.

Washington (CNN) - There are just times, when you are president of the United States, that formally speaking to the American people is part of the job.

Not because it's politically wise, or even politically advisable - but because you have something important to say. As in, the seven-year-combat-mission-in-Iraq-is-over. Or, more specifically, as President Obama said, "it's time to turn the page."

It wasn't a particularly artful speech, nor was it full of new and interesting ideas. It was what it was: a ceremonial proclamation ending combat in a war Obama inherited (and opposed) and a declaration to fight another war (also, as he says, inherited) on the economy.

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Filed under: Gloria Borger • President Obama
August 5th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
4 years ago

Borger: Super-lawyers win big in Prop 8 case

 Gloria Borger says lawyers were the big winners in California’s Proposition 8 case.
Gloria Borger says lawyers were the big winners in California’s Proposition 8 case.

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

(CNN)
- The thing that is hard to miss in Ted Olson's Washington office are the quills. They're in a mug, all 56 of them, each commemorating an appearance before the Supreme Court. In many of those cases, he was the standard bearer for conservatives. And a successful one; he won 44 times.

In fact, one of his most satisfying and famous wins was against Al Gore, the Democrats and super-attorney David Boies in the contested 2000 election. Olson represented George W. Bush.

The rest, as they say, is history. Olson won, Boies lost. That is except in the movie "Recount," as they both joked to me. Boies won the docudrama.

On Wednesday, the two men won, this time together.

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Filed under: Gloria Borger • Proposition 8
July 21st, 2010
07:15 AM ET
4 years ago

Borger: Obama wins on Wall St., loses Main St.

CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger says with President Obama’s signing of financial reform legislation, he wins on Wall Street but loses on Main Street.
CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger says with President Obama’s signing of financial reform legislation, he wins on Wall Street but loses on Main Street.

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

Washington (CNN) - Ask anyone at the White House about the importance of the financial reform bill the president will sign today, and the answer is near-universal: a colossal achievement. And why not?

It's sweeping legislation: creating new consumer protections, making it unattractive for institutions to become "too big to fail," imposing new rules for financial transparency.

And, by the way, it's also a pretty popular idea, in theory at least: 60 percent of Americans say they want to reform Wall Street, according to a recent CNN poll. So it's a no-brainer, right?

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Filed under: Financial Reform • Gloria Borger • issues • President Obama • Wall Street
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