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. jeannettelj

    The GOP absolutely can't get over the fact that their "old man" and his "dittzie running mate" were beaten by a black american in what has been called a landslide. It doesn't matter what Obama does or tries to do, the Republicans will always be against him. I am sure that if Bush would have tried to create health care reform, the GOP would be falling all over him to make it happen. But then, Bush didn't have the gumption to do much except start a war that was unnecessary and has killed thousands.

    September 6, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Angela in Denver

    Will someone in the Republican party eventually have to guts to stand up and speak the truth and common sense to these people who believe anythign that is spewed on Fox news.?

    September 6, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. CTR

    Just remember – "we won, you lost, get used to it, sit back and shut up because you have nothing to offer" doesn't play too well for so-called bipartisanship. You got the votes, get on with your tough selves.

    September 6, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. ProudLib

    I don't think it is in the DNA of current party politics to compromise on anything anymore.

    Right now, the GOP seems to me far more interested in seeing if it can regain power by letting the furthest right elements of its party do its talking, quietly winking to the worst of the rightwing talk radio/blog fear-mongering.

    Dividing and conquering is far more important than compromising and leading. I think it will ultimately fail, but what progress do we really expect such strategies to produce?

    September 6, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Irene

    I'm inclined to think more and more every day that we need a viable third party in this country. Both repubs and democrats act like complete idiots and at times are completely indistiguishable from each other in behavior and stance.

    And I'm sorry, Obama is going to be a one term president if he doesn't turn things around. He's not delivering on his multitude of campaign promises, even with majorities in the legislative branch. Of course, if he pushes things through while ignoring the other side, he loses the moderate republicans and independants that pushed him over the line and into office. If he doesn't push things through by ignoring the other side, he loses the far left which is his major support base.

    Either way, he's screwed. I'd almost pity his position if he wasn't a politician.

    September 6, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Edward

    Let's see them spout negativity about the coming economic recovery and be revealed for the pessimists and power hungry obstructionist that they are. They will have nothing to run on other that right wing radical accusations about Obama not being a US citizen and wanting to kill old people. Who would want to be part of a party with respected official who state that the president wants to kill your grandmother? Keep playing to your base, there aren't enough of them to win anymore. Your divisive hateful tactics will not win elections anymore and the more tolerant youth of this nation want nothing to do with your party. Continue spouting your hatred and intolerance and your time will come.

    September 6, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. andrew s. rostolder

    if he is not a jimmy carter, he can not be turned into one. if the dems weren't such wuzis, they would know how to punch back.... you better get off your dead butts and on your dying feet and punch back or you are going to lose the ones who support you now..... jobs, jobs, jobs, stupid............

    September 6, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. democratsarefascists

    Obama beat them to it, Drippy.

    September 6, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. 60's survivor

    Why is it that the extremes get so much attention and that the sound of reason is drowned out by the noise of such fools...
    OBAMA – please stick to your guns and John Waynes yourself through all the hate and negaitivity!! Those of us who voted (majority) are ready to stand behind you – we voted change thats what we gum it! and don't make me say anything stronger!!

    September 6, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. DeathPanels

    The American people are finally waking up to the scam that was played on them by the state run MSM.

    You will have to answer for putting this one month senator in the WH.

    The time is upon you.

    September 6, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. lawrev

    You don't need to be a conservative to find what Jones said. He shouldn't have been in the job in the first place.

    September 6, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Mike in Texas

    I have followed politics since I was 13 during the 1980 election campaign. I have never seen one party so determined in their opposition of the other party's president. Even all the stuff Clinton went through, which was alot, was nothing compared to this. If Obama says Pepsi Republicans say Coke, Bud light – Miller Lite. I can go on.

    Opposing the president isn't going to get the Republicans back in control. Using slogans or catch phrases and code words isn't going to get the Republicans back in control. Moving further to the right isn't going to get the Republicans back in control.

    It's like a co worker who says things are wrong but offers no solution as how to fix things.

    September 6, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Doug

    Turning around an 8 year disaster won't occur in 6-12 months. The Repubs that profitted from the disaster will fight, fight, fight using the abysmal political ethics that characterize their party. My elephant friends have been denouncing Obama as the 'worst President' since literally (before) Day 1. Sorry guys, the worst President category is already taken by U (W) know who... Your party and leadership are morally bankrupt and inept at governing without 'Fear and Lothing'.

    The Elephantine Sarah-cudas out there may want to beat me with the 'L' club, but I voted for Reagan, GHWBush, and W and I've learned my lesson.

    Go Obama!

    September 6, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Republicans failed this country when they sent us to war based on a lie.

    September 6, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. carlos, that one

    republican's brain cells cohabitate with their crap in their rear ends

    September 6, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. MillerJ

    I love all this "the right wing is hateful" garbage. The left acted the same way when G.W. Bush was in office. The reality of the situation is this – there is no such thing as partisanship when it comes to politics. You will always have leftists who demonize the right and vice-versa. If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchn – or the Oval Office. I'm am confident that if I live to 100 we'll still be having these discussions. In a perfect world everyone would get along; but this is the real world and this is the way that is.

    September 6, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. jack

    Tsarism is ruining Obama not the republicans. He has appointed dozens of tsars who were not vetted by the FBI nor cleared by Congress. Most of them are ultra left wing–a collection of socialists and communists who should have no place in running America. If democrats weren't so single minded and hateful they would realize they have put a very dangerous man in the White House. Jones is just the tip of the iceberg. As far as republican general oppostion to Obama they aren't doing anything that democrats and their left wing friends in the media haven't done to every republican admiinistration.

    September 6, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. obama08 but....

    You know, these "labelers" make themselves look unqualified to call out anyone by being so premature about it. It's so early in the Presidency to be calling Barack Obama out on too much. It's not like we have any results yet on policies to go by. Just wait... they may be right, or wrong about calling him Carter, but it's a little too early to tell.

    September 6, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Ray in Nashville

    The Republicans are gunning for President Obama and the Democrats will be gunning for the next Republican president that is elected. It's been that way pretty much throughout our history. President Bush got a bit of a reprieve because of 9/11,which united most of this country behind him.

    If you read your history, you will see that today's republican party is a lot like the democratic party of the late 19th century; they are a united, solidly southern party who are trying their best to forestall any meaningful legislation that will take American government out of the hands of American business and give it back to the American people.

    September 6, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Trooper

    This is just amazing. Democrats have the majority in both the house and senate and are trying to blame republicans for their failures. This president will not fail because of republicans, he will fail because he and his policies are not right for America.

    September 6, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. SY

    Yes, republicans would risk the very existence of this country if it could mean ruining the President. Their greed and hatred override any desire to do what is right for Americans.

    They controlled the last 8 years and failed miserably. They hate spending money on anyone but themselves. They are all about me, me, me. I truly hope the American people see this political group for what it is, divisive and mean spirited.

    September 6, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Mike in MN

    Obama is going to fail like Carter. But he is no Jimmy Carter, he is much more dangerous.
    As a conservative, I do not want Obama to succeed in moving us towards socialism. If Obama fails in his attempt to do this, America succeeds. I am rooting for America.
    The Democrats worked over time to destroy Bush because they believed he was bad for America, or so they said.
    Why would Republicans and conservatives make any less of an effort when they believe Obama's policies threaten America?

    September 6, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |

    The President needs to grow a backbone and fight fire with fire. No more compromising with the GOP until they act rational.Screw the rightwing tea party morons that want America to become a Taliban like nation,one nation totally controlled by big corporations and religion. Rightwingnut world is one of hate,war,racism,selfishness and greed. look at their mentors: Cheney,Hannity,Rush,Beck,Palin,and Coulter. If they aren't hate mongers who is? Do you think for one minute Jesus would approve of any of these people? I know Satan does! The party of NO picks party over country every time. Hate is their mantra!
    They yell about Nazis when they embrace everything the Nazis stood for! they use many of the same tactics too!

    September 6, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Mike

    Reading the comments from democrats here it's like stepping through the looking glass where the lat 8 years never happened and democrats hadn't devoted all their energy into tearing George Bush down and making him a failed president – even to the point of trying to cause the US to lose the war in Iraq.
    Democrats, what goes around, comes around.
    Stop making excuses for Obama and blaming republicans. You control Washington and have the votes to pass whatever you want.

    September 6, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Scott

    Rep or Dem. Get the job done. Get over your parties "agenda" and focus on this countries agenda..

    September 6, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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