September 6th, 2009
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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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  1. Wynter

    Its fairly clear that the Republicans are more interested in destroying our sitting President INSTEAD OF leading this country out of our numerous crises.

    We have record unemployment, they blame the president.
    We have losses on Wall Street, they blame the president.
    We have illegal immigrants crossing the border, they blame the president.
    We have a rainy day in September, they blame the president.

    It's time they got off their collective rears and start fixing things instead of tearing down SOMEONE THAT IS TRYING TO FIX IT!!!!!

    September 6, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. AbraGina

    The republicans don't have to do anything, President Obama will take care of everything for them. I don't agree with Obama yet "Carole" says I'm a racist...clearly "Carole" needs to read up on the definition of racism. Just because I don't agree with someone doesn't make me a racist. I don't like Bush either, does that make me racist?

    September 6, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. GP

    The right wing is hateful. Just listen to the repub leadership. They speak in code, but no one is fooled. It is clear that they want to box Obama into a corner and make him ineffective.

    Look what they did to Clinton. It only took them several years, but once they got him reined in they got NAFTA, repeal of Glass-Stegal act, Welfare reform. And when Clinton went after Bin Laden, he was accused of trying to change the subject. Bombs for Monica ring a bell?

    Obama hasn't lied us into a several trillion dollar war. Perhaps if he does he may win over the war hungry, hate filled, old white men of the south.

    September 6, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Bryan

    Mr. Trippi is on the right track, GOP is trying to discredit the president

    September 6, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Jonathan

    The Democrats have controlled Congress for years and now have veto-proof majorities and the Presidency. Pelosi, Murtha, Rangel and Dodd are corrupt on a Nixonian scale. Obama was abandoned by his father and raised by ultraliberal political lunatics, with whom he continues to surround himself.

    They have successfully pushed through much of their agenda for rewarding failure and punishing productivity, and as a result there is no end to the recession and unemployment continues to rise. The Democrats' core constituency is people who cannot honestly earn the money they want, so use the government to extract it from more productive people. Before the rise of Liberalism, these people would either starve until they became useful or die. Now, they breed like rabbits and propagate illiteracy and crappy work ethic. Our nation and its economy are capsizing beneath their weight. Our national debt is skyrocketing and Obama is turning the US into a banana republic.

    September 6, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Clint

    Oh God forbid we have a black man (so what if he's our President) messing with our kids minds. We want to keep them ignorant and at the bottom of the educational ladder. Stay in school, get an education, set goals, .....what is this man thinking of?? We raise hell, act ignorant and we the mouth breathing minority can get what we want. We are the proud party of Timothy McVeigh the ultimate Tea Party participant.

    September 6, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. scott

    Your account is nonsensical propaganda.

    "...controversial comments he made..."

    HUH? We have learned that Van Jones is an avowed communist, a 9/11 truther, a phony green czar who really was in this job to promote redistribution of wealth, a bigot, a crude political animal, and well, who knows what ELSE we will learn. But the lesson in this is that our esteemed "president" not only knew about ALL of this, but is of a similar mind regarding all these issues. What a shame that so many people voted for this president, a socialist at best and someone who wants only for the destruction of our founding principles...

    September 6, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. daniel

    Yeah, when the response to questions after the inauguration was "we won, you lost, get over it." really shows his desire to reach across the isle. Show us the birth certificate or get the hell out of my white house.

    September 6, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. katiec

    I have never seen politics and politicians stoop to the level they have. They have put party first, win at any cost, sacrificing the American people for big business, lied, distorted and thrown away all concern for our country and us.
    And, unfortunately the media is behind them, push their ridiculous, unAmerican, dishonorable tactics down our throats.
    It is time for the American people to stand up to republicans, lobbyists, special interests, those who have put personal gains and intrests over the welfare and survial of our country.
    Cannot understand how anyone who is elected to represent the
    people can not want to see improvement and solutions to the
    diasters they created.

    September 6, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Rachel

    No matter what Obama does to nail his own coffin, we will never hear anything but "racism" and blaming others, just like Van Jones....Always the inablility to take responsibility for their own actions and failures....Obama "sticking his hand out and republicans not embracing"? What a ridiculous statement.... Trying to ram a highly opposed healthcare bill through non-bipartisan? How many Czars has he appointed, and how many unappointed seats has he left open? How many things has he deceived the American public on? The controversy goes on and on....Stop making excuses for the WORST AMERICAN PRESIDENT EVER ELECTED TO OFFICE!!

    September 6, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Mike

    Carter did it to himself...

    So will Barack "Barry" Hussein Obama

    Then the 2 of them can retire to Havana

    September 6, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Jose

    If Obama could solve every problem we had and make each citizen debt free, job rich – and solve every moral issue in addition to keeping us 100% safe from everything around us, - the republicans would still bash him, degrade him and half of the country would believe that he was as bad as the republicans say. At this rate, no president is ever going to get anywhere. It is up to each person to wake up and say – we want to make progress, not continue to go back to the politics of old. And before you think I'm a 100% Obama supporter – I'm a registered republican who cares more about our country than the politics of old.

    September 6, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. hookemsupe

    Such hipocracy!

    Okay, big business does work well to do somethings. But not all things. If it were left to big business, would every child in this country be entitled to a free primary and secondary school education. If it were left to big business, would people with mental disabilities be entitled to live a life of dignity rather than being shut away out of sight?

    If you think that big business would educate every child and treat the handicpped with dignit, in the words of Barney Frank, "On what planet have you spend the majority of your life?"

    September 6, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Anthony

    "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."

    This is perhaps one of the stupidest things I have ever read. Nobody cares that Obama is black. We don't like him because he is trying to ram bills that nobody has read down our throats in the name of progress. You guys always have some excuse.

    September 6, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. SB

    I think this week is going to surprise a lot of people. Obama's had enough. If there is no compromise, so be it.

    And, what goes around comes around, the next president will get the same thing. Politics has changed for the worse.

    September 6, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. dmh

    The Democrats control the White House, Senate and House of Representatives. They have a super majority. If they can't get their "Change" passed, it is on them, not the Republicans. They are afraid to go it alone because if their plans fail, they fail. Suck it up.

    September 6, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Kevin B

    It is obvious that the GOP has a thinnly veiled bigoted strategy of pulling the President into the daily media driven muck and mire by flinging as many outrageous manufactered smears and name calling as possible at him with hopes hurting his poll numbers.

    It may work in the short run, however as long as the president keeps to high road and leaves the GOP in the media cesspool and echo chamber, the GOP will continue to show it's true colors and thinking americans will repulsed and turned off by the hateful republican antics.

    Since the GOP slime machine has worked so well over the past two decades, they are counting on it working again.

    Newsflash-- Thinking americans will not be fooled again and the GOP will not make any significant gains in '10 or '12

    September 6, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Leprechaun

    I agree 100% with Mr. Tripp. I would like to see President Obama just forget about bi-partisanship and get his own party to go it alone. It's one thing to offer a hand in trying to get everyone together, but it's something else again when there is no indication the other side wants to go along in any way, shape or form. I was a Republican (come from a long line of them) but dumped the party when Bush Sr. was in office. Enough of the "old white guys" – enough of the Southern bigots! I am now an Independent who strongly supported (and still do) Obama. The Republicans have one and only one goal in mind. Get the "black" guy"! It's revolting, and I wish someone would start a group to fight back and support Obama to the hilt – including Obama, himself.

    September 6, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Hirotomi Takemitsu

    I think there would be a revolution in this country if anything happened to President Obama due to the inflammatory rhetoric and goading by the "lunatic" conservative fringe of the GOP. I believe very much that there will be massive problems in this country if the Republicans are allowed to "label" Obama as another Jimmy Carter failure, and then end up re-capturing the White House with someone of the mindset of another George W. Bush, McCain, or worst of all...Palin in 2010.

    I do think that the GOP Obama-bashing will backfire on them. All they can do is spew hate, but have no alternative proposals. Most rational, thinking people are begining to see these bible-thumping hate-mongers for what they are.

    September 6, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Eric

    As for Van Jones, the Republilcans didn't force him to make racist ignorant remarks. He did that himself. Obama was foolish enough to pick him (or he knew about the comments before he picked him, which is worse).

    The Dems are in charge now so quit your complaining and do something. The "party of no" is the Dems and has been for decades. The first party to "Bork" somebody was the Dems, led be the late Ted Kennedy. It was Obama who voted NO on Alito and Roberts, and it was Pelosi and the Dems who attacked everything that Ashcroft, Cheney, Bush, and Gonzalez did (oh did I mention that Gonzalez is Hispanic, so those who voted against him and now want to vilify those who voted against Sotomayor are hypocrites).

    Get over the fact that Obama has already ruined his presidency; and he hasn't even expanded the war in Afghanistan yet (but its coming).

    September 6, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Carol

    Fox News is the worst. NEGATIVE from morning to night. Let our new President do his job. Its hard enough with all the boo-boos he inherited from the past 8 years. What are the bitter republicans teaching our children. Lets try and set an example and RESPECT the President of the United States whom ever it may be.

    September 6, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. D. Lewis

    What the Republicans/Conservatives forget is that Bush was not elected by the American people. He was installed by the Republican appointed Supreme Court. That , and his very limited intelligence, was why Bush was never really accepted by many Americans. The same cannot be said about President Obama. Obama was elected by an overwhelming majority of Americans.The people who oppose him are just racist. Their only problm is that there is a black man in the White House.

    September 6, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Go Obama

    I totally agree with Joe Trippi. At this point, Republicans would have a hissy fit if Pres Obama said the sky was blue. They'd be running around screaming "Partisanship! Partisanship! Obama says the sky is now a Democrat!" Bunch of idiots.

    Which party inherited a balanced budget and then ran up the deficit the last 8 years? And now they're pretending to be the voice of reason about the nation's finances. Conservative, my butt.

    Which party claims to have God on its side, but doesn't want to make sure everyone has equal access to health care? The party of Selfish, Greed and Nasty. Spelled R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C-A-N.

    September 6, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Bj

    The GOP doesn't have to focus on a failed presidency. OBama is doing a fine job of it himself, and he can thank Pelosi and Reid for all the help on the fiasco that has occurred so far. The liberals demonized the Bush administration from the day he took office until his last day in Washington, and now you believe that everyone should just fall in line behind our "Dear Leader". In a pigs eye. OBama is a fool, and he is in the process of destroying our way of life. At the rate OBama is spending money no one will soon be able to enjoy a comfortable life style. (and by the way, if you look at the presidency of FDR and the acts that occurred leading up to WWII, FDR was a fool as well)

    September 6, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Joseph

    If you want to know which the is the "party of hate," read Steve in Kentucky's comment below.

    September 6, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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