October 7th, 2009
05:35 PM ET

Republicans don't really want to work with Obama

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Gloria Borger
CNN Senior Political Analyst

In my next life, I'd like to be an opposition party leader. What fun to go to work every day knowing you will always be right, largely because your ideas will remain untested.

So you propose theories to your heart's content, with vague plans and proposals guaranteed to make any voter smile. If we were in charge, you sing, the people would have tax cuts! More money in their pockets! And no deficits! But more jobs!

And, oh, what about the great pleasure of taking on the poor guy who won? On any particular day, the president is either a socialist (health care), a captive of environmental greenies (climate change) or a dithering commander in chief who disagrees with his generals and can't make up his mind (Afghanistan). Name-calling. Can't beat that for a job.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Democrats • Gloria Borger • Republicans
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Dennis Columbus Ohio

    Public Options and Healthcare for ALL Americans.

    Thank God We have an intelligent, educated, clear thinking and speaking, good and guided White House finally.

    God Bless the Obama White House and All Who Work with Them, and Keep Them Safe and Healthy.

    October 7, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  2. Ashley H, Canada

    Well of course that's how Republicans feel. They'll take a jab at Obama any chance they get. Whether it's involving the economy, health care, etc. Republicans are causing nothing but trouble for the United States.

    October 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    The title of your post is stating the obvious. Between the GOP incessant criticism, their refusal to work bills out, their lack of practical solutions for our problems, the party seems pretty bankrupt to me. If they have ideas that will help they need to get them out there; that would be fair better "campaigning" than balking at every step – and their bills needed to be applicable across all income levels and not just benefit the rich. When that happens I'll consider the GOP a serious party again.

    October 7, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  4. Jon, OK

    Gloria, we have all known what the Republican party wants. Republicans want to see this President ffail. So, their ideology is and will never be in-line with what the President want to do. For example, what is wrong in crating a healthcare system where all, and I say "all" Americans can have a choice. Look, Obama is not the problem. Obama's policies are not the problem. The Republican party, as a whole is the problem. They are old and their time has gone past them. Change is difficult to implement with old ideologies around. The answer is Move on. The President has reached out to the Republicans but the Republicans has a clenched fist. The President and America will move on with or without the Republicans.

    October 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  5. Rick . Indiana

    It has nothing to do do with Obama, I havent seen any party do any work to amount to anything in over 30 years.

    October 7, 2009 at 7:53 pm |
  6. Mari

    There will be GOPers who will want us to believe their lie that President Obama has not reached out to them. A lie. He has from the very beginning. The GOP does not have America as their #1 priority; they have Big Oil, Big Pharma and Big Insurance to take care of!

    President Obama hang tough, sir, don't let the haters get to you! We are supporting you.

    Public Option and Healthcare for ALL Americans who need it!


    October 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  7. Obama Fan

    Gloria, What is worse? What your article says or being democrat and making all kinds of rules, passing all kinds of bills, and not really proving anything except the fact that the government knows how to spend and waste more money!

    October 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm |