September 6th, 2009
04:59 PM ET
5 years ago

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.

Related: White House adviser resigns amid 9/11 controversy

“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. Mac

    Its a power grab. The Republicans enjoyed 8 years of the Bush administration and got hooked on power. Now that they got the boot, they're all jonesin for another hit. And what does a junkie do for another hit? Lie, cheat, steal, basically whatever it takes. Would you trust a heroin addict with your bank account number? So why do people trust Republicans with House and Senate seats?

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

    There is nothing newsworthy here. Of course repubs are gunning for Obama, just like dems did with Bush. That's the two party system. It's just not fun when your party is in office and being gunned. Better get used to it.

    September 6, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Tonya

    I am praying for you Mr. President. I know everything is going to be fine. Just keep up the excellent work you are doing... Roman was not built in one day or nine months... No weapon formed against you will prosper and I am sure there are thousands of people like me that are in constant prayer for you and our nation. God Bless America and please get us to get through these most difficult times. Please help us to love one another and treat each other with respect.

    September 6, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Marilyn

    Weren't the democrats "gunning" for George Bush for 8 years? What goes around comes around.

    September 6, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Jim on the left coast

    Why is it now "by-partisan" means shut up and get on board with the program...even when most of the country doesn't want his bull? Why don't the democrats just do what the hell they want? Didn't they get the votes last November? ...go ahead, go to the extreme and take us closer to looking like France. Why not adopt the Euro?

    The Democrats will lose so many seats in 2010 that it will be they who again will be screaming "where is the by-partisanship?" So goes the ebb and flow of a free nation. My fear? This Congress and this President who is not governing in my kids best interest is screw up the nation so bad there will be no fixing it.

    Ahh, there is nothing like free lunch.

    September 6, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Rick

    If he succeeds it will be because of his brilliant leadership. If he fails it will be because of racism. How convenient for dems with the built-in racism excuse.

    September 6, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Jim

    What if all the information about Van Jones and the other Zars are right??? Where is it written or Who ever said I had to pay someones else bills anyway..I got more bills and taxes than I need now!! Both Parties Stink and it s time for a change... INDEPENDENTS THE CONSTITUTION IS OUR RULES ..FREEDOM

    September 6, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Ryan

    Maybe in GP's fantasy world, there is a bunch of old southern white guys who hate blacks who are all sitting in a room somewhere gleefully cackling with delight as they orchestrate their plans to bring Obama down.

    In the REAL world, however, it's not happening. People have serious disagreements on political ideology and they often stand up for their principles. Sometimes mistakes are made as well. They're human.

    You can blame W all you want for Iraq- the fact is, if Congress hadn't abdicated its responsibilites in the first place, Iraq could not have happened.

    Everyone loves to blame the president(s) for the problems- I think we should blame Congress.

    September 6, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Chas

    Once again the party of "NO" is showing the true colors. Seek and destroy not only the President but the entire country. The party of "No"needs to get in to this century.

    September 6, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Joanne600

    Clinton went after Bin Laden? In what alternative universe? Thank God the left has kool-aid drinkers in the trenches – you guys aren't really much of an opposition.

    September 6, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Bill

    Gee, ya think?

    Mr. Trippi has demonstarted his keen grasp of the obvious.

    September 6, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. former Democrat

    Carter is a way above OBAMA!!!!! Concerning Van Jones activities and plethora of statements, you excuse him because they were made before Obama took office 8 months ago.

    His 9/11 comments alone should keep him from holding ANY OFFICE.

    September 6, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. James A.

    If the Republicans are successful at crippling the this administration, then we had better be prepared to accept the fact that the USA is not going to remain the "number one world power" for too much longer.

    September 6, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Tony in Maine

    Republicans have followed their de facto leader Rush Limbaugh in his quest to destroy the Obama Presidency – they WANT him to fail and are willing to destroy the fabric of nationhood to achieve that.

    I find it increasingly difficult to see any redeeming feature of current Republicanism. Like a malevolent virus, it deserves nothing more than the contempt of the American people and to be sent into the dustbin along with its predecessor , the Whigs.

    September 6, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. No Hillary = No Obama

    That comment is an insult to Jimmy Carter. At least with Carter you felt he stood for something beyond his own ego.

    September 6, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Karen

    I guess the dems were never "gunning" for Bush? Please spare me. Obama continues to shoot himself in the foot. There are not nearly enough Repubs in the House or Senate to stop any of his Socialism. The American people, Republicans, Independents, and yes, Democrats are rejecting him. I'm proud of our modern day Paul Reveres in the town hall meetings who have called attention to what's in the "health care reform". Goodness knows CNN never would've.

    September 6, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. sy

    John King needs to be canned so he can join FOX Noise. I will no longer watch his program as his bent to the right is very obvious.

    September 6, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Jungle jim

    This is such a riot! The Democrats have the white house and solid majorities in congress. They can do anything they want and now they're blaming Republicans for their inability to pass their ridiculous agenda.

    If you clowns can't understand why 0bama can't do a blessed thing, just look at his previous record. He never did anything other than run for office and make nebulous speeches. Even during his short time in the US Senate he voted present on most bills.

    And now you idiots are whining that its all the Republicans fault.

    September 6, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. libs live

    The GOP is the party of hate. The have no good ideas, only old ones.

    So instead of changing and actually becoming relevent, they go on the attach so no focus is put on them.

    The saddest part about this is GOP followers blindly listen. They go to health care meetings and purposely disrupt the democratic process by shouting falsehoods and spreading lies.

    Yup, I said it... the GOP is the party of sheep. Ignorant sheep. Sheep that are full of hate and lies. I just wish the dems would get some b@lls and butcher those loud mouth anti-democratic full of lies sheep.

    September 6, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. were.in.trouble

    I only come to CNN to read the hateful left rant's of racism if you dont agree with dear leader , and post once in a while I WOULD NEVER COUNT ON CNN FOR HONEST NEWS they are ALWAYS days behind ( on purpose of course) but I guess the proof is in the rating's.
    I know you people at CNN have alot invested in this administration but I was wondering if you will have the ____s to admit it when the S___ hits the fan. And beg the American people for your trust again.

    September 6, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. George Arlington, TX.

    It is hard living in Texas. If you do everything as one is to do , you are put down if you mention President Obama or CNN.

    September 6, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Jacob

    I'm so pleased the Republicans have the American people in their best interest. they disgust me!

    September 6, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Margaret

    Listen to the partisanship coming from those who have a very large majority in the Congress. JUST STOP IT, PLEASE. Americans are tired of you insulting our intelligence.

    Mr. Jones was a kook, clear and simple. The type of racial hatred he was attempting to stir up has no business in the government of the United States of America.

    Nobody is out to get anybody. Would you please all JUST DO YOUR JOBS, you know...the ones we elected you to do?

    If not, we will send you ALL HOME in 2010. If you cannot stop the incessant bickering, then you WILL be sent home.

    That's how democracy works. Just cut the crap and do your jobs.

    September 6, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Adam

    I don't understand why the republican'ts want our country to fail so bad it makes no sense. If they are they proponent of our downfall how do they expect to ever regain power. I am an optimist I will voter for either but the current state of the senate and house is just spite and anger because, they are for the first time in nearly 8 years almost powerless. I trust Obama, I would have not voted for him if I didn't, but he can't do his job in a bipartisan manner if the other party is too busy whining and crying.

    September 6, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Kirk

    GOP = scum. They have zero credibility, and no interest other than corporate profits, even at expense of the entire country.

    September 6, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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