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. MArc

    What do the republicans have to do with Obama and the government at all for this matter? How can they be blamed when they do not have the White House or the votes. Clearly blaming the republicans is an easy thing to do when they have -0- control. But what good is it? Obama and his left have the control- they are just ineffectove so far at best!

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

    The sad part is that people are buying into the unabashed, unapologetic quest for power at any cost. "All is fair in politics" writes Roger above. Why? Why should we have anyone as an elected official who puts political power ahead of anything else?
    Is not even a pretense of any idealism required from our politicians anymore?

    September 6, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. rethuglicans= extremists

    Obama will be the first african American that pass healthcare for all americans, period. Conservatists suce mon penis.

    September 6, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Former Army

    Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) voted YES on March 1, 2006, on reauthorizing the Patriot ActOn July 21, 2005: "This bill passed in the House of Representatives by roll call vote. The totals were: 257 Ayes, 171 Nays, 6 Present/Not Voting." [4] On July 29, 2005
    Van Jones is a communist, how can any American defend him. Like it or not our country is not a communist country, if you want it to be, I suggest you MOVE. This is not about race.

    September 6, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Jim

    People instead of hating one party or the other how about being Americans first..Like American African/ American Irish/ American Mexican/ American Jewish/ American Whites ...The racism goes on because we do it to ourselves...Racism starts with you and me...If Obama was white or Republican we would have him in Jail or under it..Listen to the words coming out of your own mouths...Bush was a president yea he sucked at it.. Guest what so does Obama... How about as America we send all the Thiefs up there home and put people in the offices that don't steal or have color on thier minds..and really thing about us about AMERICA AS A WHOLE..(SHALOM)

    September 6, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Jose

    It just amazes me how Democrats do not want to admit there is a hard Left, some communists and socialists, in their party. To think there isn't is to be blind. As a former Democrat this is what disgusts me. The MSM has become irreleveant to say Van Jones is unimportant, Rev. Wright is unimportant, Ayers in unimportant, Van Jones is unimportant, increasing the size of government and spending is not important. Greating a huger debt than what we inhereted from Bush is unimportant. WAKE UP AMERICA. Obama's policies is hard Left too. Let' stop pretending already!

    September 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Sari

    The political polarization in the country has officially reached fever pitch. Everyone is so focused on "their" guy winning throughout this last decade or so, that the idea of growing and moving forward as a country has been replaced with lies and internet flotsam propaganda.

    Regardless of which party is in power, I want to see my country grow and move forward to be the best it can be. I wish more citizens felt the same.

    September 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. B

    Lets just hope that he does not let them do it. What ever happened to the Steel fist under the Velvet glove..........??

    If he caves in to the Republicans, it will just be the beginning of the end, and he might as well kiss 2012 good by!

    September 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. DeFacto

    Look how corrupt democracy is. You have 2 main parties that just want each other to fail, its not even about anything else. The GOP will continue to be terrified and slam down anything the Obama Administration does.

    September 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. JG Nashville

    I tink it's pretty obvious that the Republican Party would prefer that Obama fail even at the cost to our country. Remember the bumper sticker: Sore Loserman regarding Gore/Liebermans's challanges to Bush's election. You're seeing this in reverse now. The Reps lost, they can't let go of it and work for the good of the country. So, every dirty trick, every complaint, every staged protest they can muster will go on to the detriment of all. Apparently, Reps don't need portable healthcare (or any other social programs) because they are all wealthy enough to pay for it on their own. Too bad for those who can't. They aren't "real" American's anyway, are they?

    September 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Marie

    Wow, the crazies from both sides are out in full force today.

    September 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. AL G

    Does Mr.Trippi believe that the Dems were trying to make another Ronald Reagan or Dwight Eisenhower out of George W. Bush? Negative....they were trying to destroy him.

    September 6, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Mark

    Obama is another Jimmy Carter. He apologizes to rogue nations for nothing we did wrong. His economic polices drag the economy down as Jimmy's did too.

    September 6, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Jose

    It just amazes me how Democrats do not want to admit there is a hard Left, some communists and socialists, in their party. To think there isn't is to be blind. As a former Democrat this is what disgusts me. The MSM has become irrelevant to say Van Jones is unimportant, Rev. Wright is unimportant, Ayers in unimportant, Van Jones is unimportant, increasing the size of government and spending is not important. Creating a huge debt than what we inherited from Bush is unimportant. WAKE UP AMERICA. Obama's policies are hard Left too. Let' stop pretending already!

    September 6, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. Chris from NC

    Yeah! And they're gonna do it if the Dems don't step up to the plate and use those 60 votes to pass healthcare and other things.

    September 6, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Vince

    Now that the shoe is on the other foot, the Dems. don't like it either. Hey they get what they deserve ... they did it to President Bush for 8 years "now the chickens have come home to roost" with President Obama. A pox on both parties and their political tactics in DC while the rest of the country suffers near 10% unemployment.

    September 6, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. DvIRGINIA

    Trippi is absolutely right. The GOP has said no to everything Obama has done or proposed. even to the extent of critical remarks regarding President and Mrs. Obama's wardrobe. Give me a break, not all Americans are stupid, only those who are narrow minded and racist. They don't like Obama because he is black and he is THE PRESIDENT as the voters chose. These right wing hate groups are cowards and won't come out and tell the truth, they are angry that he won and angrier that he is black.

    September 6, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Dan Holiday

    Obambi is doing a fine job turning himself into another Jimmy Carter....lmao.

    September 6, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. poltergeist

    Okay, let me see... Obama and FDR, yep, both raised taxes on "wealthy" and small business; results? More unemployment, deepening and lengthening depression. WWII was the only thing that brought us out of the FDR depression. The government cannot create wealth, only deminish it.

    LBJ, Great Society = one parent families, more taxes, more dependency on the government, (back to the plantation system?). I do wonder if any liberal has passed econ 101.

    Seems to me that this recession started with the election of the dems to the congressional majority during the Bush presidency. By the way, are any of you feeling safer today?

    September 6, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Dennis

    Fortunately there is still enough intelligent people left in this country to see through the tactics that those people who lost power are up to. They are wounded because they are losing their tax dodging bank accounts, losing the lucrative "no bid" contracts and generally are facing the prospect that the "average American citizen" is no longer willing to PAY EXTRA to afford the "elite" their "perks".

    They are willing to go to any extreme just to be able to "pork it" to the middle class again, even if it means lying, cheating or stealing.

    September 6, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. steve

    Bush had more than 36 officials in his administration and was referred to as advisers, Pres. Obama had 32 same advisers and the right-wing extremist / fox news propaganda network slur them as "CZARS"
    Obama administration should stand up to this bullies and smear merchants who are hell bent at bringing down this administration.
    The MSM should not be parroting the republican talking points for the good of this country.
    They had their chance for 8 years but they squandered it with a disastrous foreign and domestic policies.

    September 6, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Edward

    I can only hope that should the Republicans succeed in making the Obama presidency a failure that Democrats will repay the favor in years to come and vote no on every single thing that any Republican president proposes no matter what it is. Vote no and then blame them for getting nothing done. Fight fire with fire.

    September 6, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Frank

    I am convinced that the Republicans are willing to drag us back into a hole and ravage our country just to regain power.

    September 6, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. normajean

    It has been obvious to any one with a brain that the REPUBLICAN MACHINE HAS been "out to get " President Obama from day one.I've been around a long time and have seen and voted in a number of elections for this office and have NEVER SEEN THE MALICIOUS, BACK-STABBING, LOW CLASS,UNBELEIVEABLE MEANNESS AND RACISM THAT I HAVE WITNESSED IN THE FEW MONTHS THAT THIS MAN HAS BEEN IN OFFICE.Frankly, I don't see how these people can look at themselves in a mirror.without getting sick.I I have always voted the man , not the party and I have seen some lies and nastiness over the years but NEVER have I seen anything like this. May I point out to one and all that ":What Goes Around Comes Around" , your day is coming.

    .

    September 6, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Dennis

    Actually Rich, yes.......Bush said "I have political chits, and I intend on using them". He did. The American people were not impressed and voted them out. So get over it.

    September 6, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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