September 6th, 2009
04:59 PM ET
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Trippi: GOP trying to turn Obama into another Jimmy Carter

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A prominent Democratic strategist said Sunday that Republicans are trying to turn President Barack Obama’s administration into another “failed presidency” like that of former Democratic president Jimmy Carter.

“They’re going to keep gunning,” Democratic strategist Joe Trippi said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, referring to conservatives’ recent - and ultimately successful efforts - to target Obama’s green jobs adviser Van Jones over controversial comments he made before becoming a part of Obama’s White House team.

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“This administration has the potential to be FDR or Jimmy Carter and I think the Republicans are going to do everything they can to make him Jimmy Carter, to create a failed presidency. That’s, unfortunately, what many of them want.”

Trippi, who served as the campaign manager for Gov. Howard Dean’s bid for the White House, also said he believed that Obama was genuinely interested in bipartisanship but that Republicans are not likely to respond to Obama’s efforts to reach across the aisle.

Obama has to “realize he’s sticking his hand out but many Republicans are just not ready to embrace it,” Trippi told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

Republican strategist Ed Rollins disagreed with Trippi’s assessment of Obama’s relationship with the GOP.

“Presidents don’t come down by what the opposition party [does] and that’s what we are, we’re an opposition party,” Rollins said on State of the Union, “There are many things that Obama is offering that we don’t believe in, so why should we compromise on our principles? [Democrats] have got all the votes, you can do whatever you want.”

Rollins also said that Jones was right to resign from his post as an Obama adviser.

“When you embarrass the president as [Jones did] and become part of the focus, . . . he did the right thing, he got out of there.”


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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Greg

    I wonder what our founding fathers would think of where we have come as a country. It's too bad both sides can't come together to really resolve the issues. Yea lets make this a failed presidency? Is that going to make the country better, then we will have a deeper hole to dig ourselves out of. Wasn't the previous adminstriation a failure? A war based on lies' (weapon of mass destruction), a staggering debt to pay for these wars. There is alot wrong with the country but as long as special interest control things, it will never change.

    September 6, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Da sky, its afallin!

    Stop brainwashin my Kidddds......Start tellin nem to do da homeswork an readin da books!.......Mr.Przdent, why you wanna go do dat.....next day want livin wages n healf care too! You soooo Un-Eemarican wit dat, knowledge git in troubles, Colleges ain...t for most, day jess for hookin up!.....Support yo right to re-main a sharecropper! or a sharecropper daughter. You jess try n Brainwash me.....!

    A President aint no Role mode for chilluns, no cheerleader eederl!......Bush/Cheney done showed us dat, you dad gum fools.

    September 6, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Carole

    I agree with Mr. Trippi. The Republicans did nothing for eight years but spend money on a war that was unjustified nor necessary. NOW they have a problem with spending?

    President Obama needs to stop appeasing the Republicans who are racist and prejudiced against him. When Senator Pence thanked a constituent for saying the President is like a NAZI, come on Mr. President. When these wingnuts are not showing the President of the USA speak to schools, come on Mr. President!

    WhEN IS SOMEONE GONNA SAY ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE RACIST WINGNUTS?!!!!!

    September 6, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Sucka Punch

    The Republicans need not do a thing to turn it into a failed presidency. Obama is doing that all by himself.

    September 6, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Aaron

    Why can't Republicans be like Democrats? Democrats worked very hard with the Bush administration and the average liberal democrat usually gave Bush a chance when he had a policy idea.

    September 6, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Marc M

    Obama IS another Jimmy Carter, it's his own policies, agenda and ideology that is doing that. Not to mention the fact, didn't the left wing target Bush? Why was it okay for them to do that but if the GOP targets Obama it's bad?

    Oh, I forgot, in the words of Hillary Clinton, "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism" but she forgot to add "when it's coming from a liberal".

    September 6, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. common sense

    We have control of the White House. We have control of the Senate. We have control of the House. But when our agenda fails, we will blame it on you.

    September 6, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Right wingnut from Boston

    Both Carter and Obama have earned it. Obama never deserved the presidency to begin with. He is unqualified, has no experience in managing business and won not because of the people who voted for him but for the people who voted against a Republican. The USA is all about business – its the reason every other country in this World speaks English. Stop fighting big business and maybe this country has a chance.

    September 6, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Jackson

    The conservative base in this country is made up of paranoid fools who will do anything to make the president look bad even though they are basing everything on lies and misconceptions.

    September 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. chris

    I don't watch that one sided program by John King!

    September 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Richard Sattich

    "Republican strategist Ed Rollins disagreed with Trippi’s assessment of Obama’s relationship with the GOP.

    “Presidents don’t come down by what the opposition party [does] and that’s what we are, we’re an opposition party,” Rollins said on State of the Union, “There are many things that Obama is offering that we don’t believe in, so why should we compromise on our principles? [Democrats] have got all the votes, you can do whatever you want.”

    That is what needs to be done then.
    Principles govern individual action.
    In efforts that require a group action
    a democracy is a compromise.
    Replublican's don't want a democracy,
    they want a roman senate.

    As Democrats, that is what we need to give them.
    a roman senate majority vote.

    September 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Dave

    The Republicans are gunning for Obama? It couldn't be. The Dems never did that to Bush.
    The statement that the Republicans are making Obama into Carter is false. He's doing that all by himself.

    September 6, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. joe

    They can try but Obama is not jimmy carter!

    September 6, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. rplat

    The GOP doesn't have to "turn" Obama into anything . . . he's perfectly capable of doing it to himself. His is the most confused, backward, sick leftist administration in the history of this country.

    September 6, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. James

    Democrats did everything they could to bring down Bush (remember the calls for impeachment?), and many are still trying to kick that dead horse (ie: CIA investigations). This is the way our political system tends to work. Unfortunately, when the shoe is on the other foot the party in power doesn't like it

    September 6, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. German,Irish American

    Isn't that what Democrats started doing to Bush before he even took office?

    September 6, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Obummer - One and Done

    All Obummer needs is "Billy Beer". The GOP doesn't have to do a thing. Obummer is impersonating Jimmy Carter very nicely, all by himself, thank you.

    September 6, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. fred

    If state of the union program is given to jenna bush, she can even give Mr. Obama a fair chance....This guy John king is unbelievable!

    September 6, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Richard

    Not after what they did in 8years.....
    I have a good memory!!

    September 6, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Regina P

    Painfully obvious, isn't it? Although, be careful what internet petitions you hastily sign...read carefully!
    The President of the United States cannot even talk to school children without loony paranoid fears of "brainwashing." A big YIKES for the future of this country.

    September 6, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Ken in Gainesville

    The Republicans are indeed trying to destroy President Obama, as well as erase from memory the past excesses, failures, and incometence of the Bush years. Americans have very short memories, and they are sure to believe the divisive hate machine being thrown at them from every angle. Republicans will do every thing they can to destroy the Bill of Rights and Constitutional protections we currently enjoy. They want "their" country back - white, barely educated, fundamentalist Christian, slogan-bearing ("we're number one"), anti immigrant and foreigner, militaristic, and book burning. They are nothing short of a frightened American taliban, and trust me, they won't stop after they have taken care of the President. And it's disgraceful how their so-called leaders egg them on and give credence to the most outrageous nonsense. I don't always agree with the Preseident either, but I know a mob mentality when I see it.

    September 6, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. B Lewis in Austin

    Wish everyone would get over the "sky is falling" mantra. What everyone seems to forget that he has been in office for 8 months and in that time he has been trying to clean up the mess he INHERITED. Let's wait and give it more time and in the meantime the Dems and the White House need to get a backbone and fight fire with fire with the GOP. It is fairly obvious that the GOP is lacking any ideas except that of meanness, hatred, and fear. The Dems need to close ranks and get some laws passed without the GOP and live with the results. I'm just tired of them being bullied by the far right with lies, lies, and more lies.

    September 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Poppy

    Quote "There are many things that Obama is offering that we don’t believe in, so why should we compromise on our principles?".......Maybe because the American people voted him into office and that's want the Amaerican people want? Typical political arrogance, regardless of party affiliation. Once many of the politicians reach Washington, they seem to forget they work for Americans, not their own little world.

    September 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. too bad republicans only want failure

    We finally get an HONEST president, one who has the interest of the people at heart and the right wing loonies spew their garbage and do whatever it takes to bring him down.

    September 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Spencer

    Why is any of that surprising? Jones was stupid in signing that petition. Besides, where is it mandated that the other party must walk lockstep with the president? Under that logic, Obama shouldn't have run under the ideas of change, since he was arguing against Bush. Quit trying to turn yourself into a martyr.

    September 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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