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. Expat American

    The GOP is the party of zero accountability. They intend to use their time out of power for two purposes. Attack the Democrats and obstruct any hope of improving the lives of ordinary Americans.

    The GOP doesn't care about everyday people. They don't even care about poor uneducated whites....yet this demographic still votes Republican in droves. Strange really.

    September 6, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Reagan was wrong

    The GOP is no longer a functioning political party; it's a loose coalition of racists, fanatics, and the people willing to exploit them. They have no interest in working with the President.

    It's IMPOSSIBLE to work with people who are CONVINCED of falsehoods (birthers, teabaggers, secessionists), so I don't understand why Obama is even trying.

    September 6, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. LAW

    Trying to turn the Obama fiasco into another failed presidency is like trying to make it wet at the bottom of the ocean. It's a done deal–and it is not the Republicans who did it. This disaster was self-inflicted because the media unwittingly conspired to make the man think that he was an emperor. He didn't have a clue that his way of thinking and his goals were, literally, foreign to the American mindset. It was a collision course from day one. Many of us saw it coming, but too many others were blinded by willful ignorance on one hand and plain old hatred on the other.

    September 6, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. liberal-conservative

    theres alot of dumb people out there that believes everything the neo-cons tell them like death panels via (sarah palin) or obama is secretly going to cut senior health care.they are playing on your fears and if we dont get reform now there will be alot of poor, sick people dying because they can't afford their treatments...oh yeah if u people forgot medicare and medicaid is a SOCIALIST program, so dont criticize obama if your on it,lol.

    September 6, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. David

    The Democrats spend 8 years coming after Bush and they expect anything different? You reap what you sow, liberals. You created a division in this country. You tried to turn races against each other, you've tried to turn the poor against the rich, the spiritually bankrupt against the God-fearing. You wanted a battle, and now that your boy is in the cross-hairs, suddenly they shouldn't fire? Sorry, you wanted a war, and now its on your doorstep.

    September 6, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Pat-Indy

    Obama is going to lose badly in 2012, and the country will be better off because of it.

    September 6, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Jim

    The blind support of some of the people posting here is maddening! When are you drinking the punch and wearing the purple robes for your final voyage as prescribed by your cult like thinking?

    September 6, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Capt'n Flood

    A year ago the headline would have read "Ticker: Democrats 'gunning' for Bush, GOP says, and likewise post-Obama GOP years. Both parties play about the same game, cry foul all the time, and don't seem to care about the country's overall well being. Sickening!

    CF

    September 6, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Lynne

    I just returned from an Alaska cruise and met people from all over Canada, Austrailia and Great Britain. America is becoming known as a country full of nut cases with a press that is no longer considered journalism but political and constantly in election mode and a country so full of hate and mistrust that it is viewed as ungovernable. The falsehoods about these countries health care systems that are being told by Republicans and their backers has certainly confirmed these attitudes.

    All blamed the Republicans for having no desire to either improve America nor the world in general.

    September 6, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Lgevirtz

    And the Democrats didn't gun for George W. Bush?? Come on!!

    September 6, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Sue

    Obviously if Obama succeeds the GOP loses. Of course they want him to fail.
    Meanwhile, it is all forgotten what actually got the GOP out of office -–they screwed up bad. Also, the Dems screwed up with going along with GWB bad policies. All based on 9-11 and if you didn't support the President you were not patriotic! What a bunch of _____ that was!

    September 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Lori, Houston Texas

    So a failed presidency is a good thing according to the GOP? Gee, how pro-American of them. Thay have always been Party Before Country. It's so obvious – just look at their behavior. They would rather create another civil war to try to destroy America than allow a Democratic president to be successful. How un-American, unpatriotic, hateful and disgusting can one group of people be?

    September 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. John G

    Oh come on. Pot. Kettle. For eight years the Democrats and the left-leaning folks in the country kept up a daily drumbeat against Bush and Republicans. What goes around comes around. While President Obama speaks a good game, he's just as partisan as anyone and this is politics as usual, not some new dawn the Obama campaign sold the voters in '08.

    September 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. George S.

    I wish there were more civility between the two parties but I don't see it. Pelosi and Reed are particularly divisive. I see no hand reaching across the isle. From the liberals we are getting the reading that "it's our way or the highway" therefore I pledge to do all I can to bring this group to it's knees. The sooner the better, before the country is ruined any further. Good grief.

    September 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Reagan was wrong

    CNN, as long as you continue to give credence and legitimacy to the right's lunacy, *YOU TOO* are complicit in their actions.

    September 6, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Charlotte

    Trippi is right the Republicans are not ready to stretch their hands out for agreement, and they never will be as long as the far-right Republicans are leading the pack.

    September 6, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Bill of Florida

    My question is, when will we have the next Republican Richard Nixon?

    September 6, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Trying, the man is a bigger fraud than Jimmy Carter, typical liberal blame game, HE IS WORSE THAN JIMMY CARTER, the worst president we have ever had. And CNN, Fox had the Van Jones story months ago, and it wasn't just about his 9/11 remarks, another way liberals are mislead by the media that supports them.

    September 6, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. George Washington

    seems to me that if you each were professionals and are really serving the American people and trying to accomplish things for their best interests, you would simply work together on the best policies for the people. Whatever a "prominent Democratic Stategist" is, they sound more like a crybaby than someone serving the american people

    September 6, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Marc M

    2010 is coming, can you feel it?

    Libs, Sorry for your short stay.

    September 6, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. steve

    the media is failing to report that van jones is also a self proclaimed communist, or at least he was until he realized that would hurt his hidden agenda. you lemmings have no idea what is going on here, I suggest you watch The Manchurian Candidate, then wake the hell up! And no, I don't watch fox news, I can do my own research, thank you.

    September 6, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. JoeInMI

    Obama said during his campaign that if we want to know what his policies are, look to who he associates with.

    Indeed.

    September 6, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Chipster

    They listen to Limbaugh and Beck, wanting to damage this President, even if it cripple's our nation – praying for failure and fearing his success. The GOP has been hijacked by religious fanatics who believe they're on some sort of mission from God. At times, they sound a lot like Bin Laden – calling for a theocracy in America. It's truly alarming.

    September 6, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Bryan

    Mr Trippi is correct, the GOP is trying to discredit the president, just as
    they with Carter. the same tactic was used on Bill Clinton with whitewater investications that went no where, scare tactics against
    healthcare just like obama. GOP is not interested in moving the country forward period. They seem to take directions from right wing
    crackpots from talk media. Rush,Hanity for example. these people are doing the country a great disservice in my view

    September 6, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. An Independent for Obama

    It is clear that a certain element of the hard right hate the President outright, regardless of what he does, says or stands for!

    We need to admit to the simple fact that there is a segment of our great American society that do not view all Americans as equals.

    September 6, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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