October 8th, 2009
05:02 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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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Nereida Garcia

    I believe that to be true – Republicans do not want to work with the Obama administration. I also believe that almost ALL of Corporate America who back the Republicans do not want to work with Obama by not hiring. How else would you understand the fact that there are millions still out of work, myself included, and no jobs? AND these companies are doing well financially as well as record high bonuses on Wall Street? God help this country.

    October 8, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    So true – easy to promise something but very hard once in office to deliver it. With that in mind why do candidates make these promises – why not just be upfront from the beginning and say "I'll try to get such and such passed" in some form or another. Of course, this presupposes that the GOP will actually be for something instead of against everything.

    October 8, 2009 at 8:10 pm |
  3. Christina Brimm

    Agreed! Republicans are not doing what is best for this country! They choose to ignore the facts, refuse to be bipartisan, and defer solutions to the many problems we are currently facing as a nation. Instead they choose to attack our president to premote their own greedy agenda. Obama is an amazing president who has gone above and beyond to reach out to them- to no avail!

    October 8, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  4. Cindy

    It's not that Republicans don't want to work with Obama it's just that he has nothing that is worth working on. Everything he is trying to do will be bad for us and our economy. Plus it's always his way or the highway. Not much you can do to work with someone when they are that way.


    October 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  5. Tim Gibson

    Please, like my mama always said, "if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen".

    The problem is no one can work with Obama because Obama just does not work.

    October 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm |