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January 27th, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Is budget freeze a political gimmick?

Gloria Borger says Obama must address deficit, because people are worried about it.

Gloria Borger says Obama must address deficit, because people are worried about it.

Gloria Borger | BIO
CNN Senior Political Analyst

Here's something to keep in mind about American voters: They're not fond of political gimmicks.

Sure, they understand that a certain amount of contrivance - aka pandering - is a part of politics. They weren't born yesterday, and have been through a few elections. But the voters have their limits.

So when Democrats in the Massachusetts state legislature try to perform legislative jujitsu to save a Democratic vote for health care - as in the case with Ted Kennedy's seat - they were skeptical. As it turns out, even dependable Massachusetts voters didn't like being taken for granted.

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