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.

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. Doug Hays

    GOP trying to'gun down" Obama's administration? Won't deny that, but he is making it awful easy with Jones and someone entirely missing the signing of the 911 petition, the head of the IRS not reporting income, and the list can go on. The number of "CZAR"s that had to go through no congress approval, while having the president's "ear" on very important programs. Yes, he won and won on the paltform of change, but changing the way to make changes and with who makes the changes is the responsibility of the minority party to question actions and people they find detrimental for the country. Or is it only the democrats that can question the actions of others?

    September 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Anthony

    Everything is Republicans' fault these days it seems. Lets just forget the fact that Democrats can do pretty much whatever they want if they could just get complete consensus in their OWN party.

    Its amazing how much Democrats in official positions are whining about Republicans doing exactly what dems have been doing for the past 8 years.

    September 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. ImaLindatoo

    Now that's funny.

    How could the repubs turn Obama in to Carter. Obama has to do that all on his own and he was quickly on his way after only a few months.

    His poll numbers were even on target for that...all by Obama's own doing.

    Why, because obama is just a marketer, a hustler. He know organizing, inimidating , getting in your face. He doesn't DO anything and hasn't accomplished. So he sold himself as something he isn't and now the people judge him on his actions, no longer his campaign promises that he has flipped on every single one.

    September 6, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. MDH in MI

    The Republican Party is trying to undo the first honest national election in 8 years. They lie about his agenda. As Obama opens his mouth to speak about anything the first they do is scream SOCIOLIST. The President wants to speak to school kids and of couse that is unacceptable to the Republicans. Although I voted for Obama I don't agree with all he has set out to do. I did not agree with much of what Bush did especially fight two unfunded wars. One of which was very unnecessary. But the bottom line is Bush was the President of the United States. He was my President. The Republicans are acting like little spoiled children and do not understand that Obama won. He is the President of the United States.

    September 6, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    Sounds like a ploy to get sympathy. Whether it's the GOP, or the average citizen, someone should be questioning these 'spendy' programs Obama and his fellow liberals are trying to ram through, when they don't even read them to begin with. With the environmental cap & trade, and the health care bill fiasco, it appears the adm. is trying to take our country down the drain, and into a 'noncapitalistic' society. Note: I did not say socialism. Come to your own conclusions.

    September 6, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. misanthropicus

    The prettiest side of this is that it's a Birther that kicked a Truther in the dust – hope Glenn Beck will maintain trajectory and momentum. Go, Glenn, go!

    September 6, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. m jeff

    The GOP doesn't have a plan or a clue, how can they turn anybody into anything.

    September 6, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Joe the carpenter

    I agree that the Republicans are interested in a "failed presidency' scenario for the Obama administration, and they are doing their part to ensure that it comes to fruition.
    I gotta wonder about the priorities of such people, sink the country for personal/political gain, pretty sad, I wonder what Jesus would think of such people.

    September 6, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Greg

    "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."

    Wow...are you being serious? Bush couldn't even say "Good Morning" without Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi offering up a 20 minute rebuttal.

    September 6, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Freeman

    The Republicans have shown us that they are the party of HATE. I shouldn't say all but most republicans I believe are racist and will do anything to delegitimize Mr. Obama.

    September 6, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Rich

    Funny how the democrats cry fowl. Did you ever hear Bush tell the democrats get over it I won? The black messiah deserves everything he gets.

    September 6, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Stanley

    Sure hope those who are anti-presidency (Obama) d not under estimate the power of prayer. There are a lot of people praying for this man's success as president.

    September 6, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. roger

    I remember someone saying WE WON. All is fair in politics so don't cry . I didn't hear Dem protests when left leanng side said Bush should be killed thats death not just words .

    September 6, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Mark

    of course they are – that's called politics. the lie we believe is that politicians care more about the people than they do about being elected. People like power – when they lose it, they want it back. That is how the republicans feel – just as the democrats did when Bush was president. It is not about the people for 90% of politicians. It is about them having power and feeling important

    September 6, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. J Schmitt

    At the rate he is going , comparing him to Carter would be an improvement.

    September 6, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Bedtime for Obonzo

    So Van Jones didn't read the petition he signed? I can accept and maybe excuse that. What I find unacceptable is that Van Jones is a self-proclaimed communist, a political philosophy that has killed several hundred million people in the world in the past 90 years. There is no role in government for him. Adios, comrade.

    September 6, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. KayMA

    For once, the GOP wasn't waging a 'smear campaign' against someone: Van Jones is simply an idiot. How do you sign a petition without reading it first? Especially a petition of that nature? He must have known it was going to come back and bite him in the you-know-what.

    September 6, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. David Husack

    Trying to? Obama has already surpassed Carter as a failed presidency...without the help of anyone!!! Put the blame where it belongs!

    September 6, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Vietnam Vet(DC)

    Trippi is absolutelyy right and those that are dening it must live in a cave. Look at the uproar about what his advisor said prior to becoming a member of the president's cabinet said about the republican party however, you have these right wing nuts who calls the president a racist that he will indoctrinate their kids by speaking to them about education, that he is Hitler yet you hear no republican refute or distance them self from these right wing zealots or the Hannitys and Limbaugh, yes continute to disrespect the President of the US is okay but speak one truth about the republican party and you are automitically anti-american what a hypocrisy. Any way you look at, twist it, put sugar coated words in it or attempt to hide it, this is true racism. Wake up America!!

    September 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Steve in Kentucky

    The RePigs definitely have a scorched earth strategy as clearly outlined by Senator DeMinth. Deny Obama a victory at ANY cost, whether it be thousands of Americans dying for lack of health care or any other price.

    And Obama responds by turning the other cheek ... so they can hit him again!

    I'm beginning to think Obama is too much of a wimp to confront the FACE OF EVIL, which is the RePiglican Party.

    September 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. j

    that's all the republicans have is to go after obama. How about helping the president fix the economy, healthcare, etc. Stop going after the president, after all, he is only trying to fix what the republican president before him messed up.

    September 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. Farrell in Houston

    Republicans have a sinister revenge against President Obama and we know it's not political, so stop the bull crap and tell it like it is. We the American people know what lies in the minds and hearts of their actions and it is sickening.

    September 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Jane

    Barak Obama and the democrats need to work doubly hard, that's all. The Republicans can't keep up, and their hate will come out. Look at Cheney and Palin. Their true colors came out too. Obama and Dems...be the comeback kids like Bill Clinton. Smarter, harder and tougher. Listen to Bill. We can do this. Breathe. Work round the clock. The public will see the truth.

    September 6, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. rob

    Actually, Democrats did all that after 8 years, two elections, two wars, a crappy economy, etc. Republican started after a few days of Obama's presidency. He hasn't even been president for even a year and people are acting as if he is Hugo Chavez. Insanity is what this is.

    September 6, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. jason, tx

    Republicans are the party of hate, no, racism, obstructionism, lies and childishness. Time to vote all of them out in 2010.

    September 6, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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