September 15th, 2010
01:17 PM ET
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Borger: GOP created its own monster in Tea Party

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="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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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Perhaps not so much a monster, as a re-alignment of the GOP, setting aside the "old guard", and embracing the newer generation.

    September 15, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Eric

    "A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers."

    Reagan, CPAC, 1975

    Frankly, I for one am tired of having the "option" of choosing between Democrat vs. Democrat-Lite, as the end result is the same: big spending, intrusive government.

    The goal is the same (fiscal insolvency), by the pace in getting there is only slightly slower with RINO "republicans."

    We conservatives are simply DONE with the RINO GOP establishment.

    And for the record, if there is a new minority third party (think the size of the Greens) to splinter off from all this infighting... it will be the GOP, after the conservatives leave.

    September 15, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Jennifer NYC

    The Democrats are more responsible for the Tea party's successes. They were hell-bent on passing Obamacare, despite the public howling against they are in a Catch-22 because of the stupid requirements some people put in it...and can't make changes because Obama is afraid the whole thing will tank – well, wouldn't THAT be a blessing for the American people? We can't afford 1.5 trillion more to cover 30 million people who had no health insurance...Pelosi lied about saving 139Billion...what a joke. Many people may not have a college education, but they are not stupid. The Fannie-Freddie mess has really hurt the middle and lower classes and nothing is being done to help them.

    September 15, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Shawn-GA

    Right there is another example of how anyone in the media just can not wrap their brain around the TeaParty. This was a very well written article that was mostly wrong based on the premise it began with. There is no monster in the TeaParty. They represent those of us that are not willing to sit by and just let our elected officials do whatever they want despite it being against the will of the country. I am referring to BOTH "major" parties. They just happen to be closer in beliefs to Republicans, they are NOT one in the same.

    Government works for us not the other way around.

    September 15, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. george from alaska

    A typical tea party operation entails an out of state group with shady resources spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on last minute tv & radio ads full of blatant lies and floods residents with slanderous robocalls. In alaska they even managed to get a ridiculous abortion notification referendum on the ballot to skew the turnout and elect a bitchy little man who called our current state senator lisa murkowski a "prostitute". the tea party is the modern day equivalent of a fascist movement that feeds on public frustration, fear & anger to hijack the government with a wolf in sheep's clothing extremist regime. fight it now or fight it later. Nip it in the bud before this republican scam gone haywire disease spreads and sickens us all.

    September 15, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. jim

    Gloria Borger is and has always been a mouthpiece for the democrats to spread their talking points and CNN has given them a platform Whither anyone will accept their message will be seen come Nov.

    September 15, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH

    Borger doesn't get it, just like all the stupid professional politicians don't get it. The American people have seen ENOUGH of the destruction the professional politicians have brought upon this country. Failed institutions and bankrupt programs everywhere. The country itself tettering on bankruptcy from all the insane entitlement spending.

    Could average everyday Americans in office do any worse than these fools have done over the decades?! NO!! Time to return the government of this country TO THE PEOPLE.

    September 15, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. FactCheck

    Well GOP, there you go. So much for winning the Senate majority in 2010. Castle was so popular that Joe Biden's kid wouldn't run against him. With the teabagger in tow, the Democratic candidate has a 27% lead in the polls.

    September 15, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. water bearer

    "GOP created it's own monster in Tea Party"

    Yup. They surely did. Ain't it grand?!!

    September 15, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. gt

    lady, you need to get out in the real world,,,, america is mad as hell... at the republicans and democrats,,, you spend to much time in new york city...talking to the same old stale talking heads who are full off hot air .... you dont have a clue Gloria....

    September 15, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. JANUARY 20, 2013 - THE END OF AN ERROR

    Don't get your hopes up lady. The electorate may not like the current hierarchy of the Republican Party but they absolutely detest anyone labeled DEMOCRAT.

    Wait until November 2nd.

    September 15, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Uncle Sam

    A monster, huh? Well the biggest victim will still be the liberals. More and more Americans continue to call their views conservative, liberals lose.

    September 15, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Jerry

    If you think real Americans who are sick and tired of our goverment size and spending out of control are monsters, maybe you should think about that again.

    September 15, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Riley

    YOU ARE WRONG, BORGER! the dems caused it by constantly going agains the will of the voters. SHAME!

    September 15, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. John Metsopoulos

    The Republicans are reaping what the have sowed

    September 15, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Augsbee

    As a small business owner I disagree with Gloria Borger that the Tea Party is a monster, I've watched them on TV and they are people in fear. Never under President Clinton, Bush did I live in constant fears for the future of my small business as I do with President Obama as he says one thing and wants to do the opposite like increase taxes on small businesses thus causing us not to move forward but wait to see what the final decision will be.

    September 15, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. vic, Nashville TN

    After a long time, good report from smart person. Last fall we were happy about Tea party later they choose the wrong track.
    Mains stream media gave lot of coverage to tea party see where they are now

    Really I don’t know what has happen to GOP past 18months they don’t know what to do

    Time for smart good republicans to speak .its not late I need my party back

    September 15, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. ABM

    So true. They will realize the nasty racist regime they created will hurt them in the general election.

    September 15, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. bill

    yes ms borger the repubs hav created this monster.called tea the old lady said years ago.WHERE IS THE BEEF.what and is the plan.nothing but slime.when you dont have a plan you just lie.medi wont call repubs out on it.

    September 15, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. barbara

    Got news for ya Gloria. The monster that is the Tea Party grew out of anger at the current administration which includes a majority of dems and a democrat president. ANYONE that feels that government needs to be bigger and people need to be taxed to death is someone that needs to lose their job asap. WE want Conservative politicians because WE want to get back to the policies that made this country great and feared by all others. The republican party didnt create us, we grew out of anger for both parties but mainly the liberal dems who want nothing more in life than to find ways to enslave the people.

    September 15, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    I call shenanigans. You're ripping me off Borger. I've been calling the Teatards the GOP's Frankenstein on this site for months and months. Jerk.

    September 15, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. Steve (the real one)


    I agree 100% and I am a conseravtive! Folks are getting tired of professional politicians that get to DC, forget why they are there and who sent them!

    September 15, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. nini

    Why do you have to call it a Monster?

    it is the people's will now if you are the kind that is scared of the people's will I can see how you see a monster in tea party but I am glad that THE PEOPLE are speaking out and making themselves very clear to all parities.

    I find most of your comments one sided and biased and always looking out for the DEMS. I would love for the so called PLAN to be proven good for GOP in November so we can rubbed in the faces of people like you.

    Have the courage to say what you stand for.

    September 15, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. GL

    Yes, the did. I usually don't agree with Borger, but I do on this one.

    September 15, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    Membership requirements fo the Tea Party:

    1. Must be white, preferably aging and male.

    2. Must have bombarded yourself with years of propaganda from Limbaugh, Beck and Fox, so much so that you have no opinions of your own. You repeat things you heard on the radio as your own original ideas.

    3. Must have a massive irrational fear of Mexicans, Blacks (especially if president), Muslims, Gays, and all other identities that are not red-neck white.

    4. Must enthusiastically believe that Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are visionary geniuses, and not self-dealing opportunists who say the wildest things because it pays really well.

    5. An endless supply of fear and rage over things that have no direct impact on your life.

    Things that disqualify you from Tea Party membership:

    1. Sanity

    2. Basic human decency.

    3. A desire to live and let live.

    September 15, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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