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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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. DonC

    Barack Obama is doing just fine with defining his administration. Given the faut paus, or worse, of his czar appointee Van Jones it will be no wonder where the Obama administration will wind up in terms of the rating of his presidency now, and in the future.

    September 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Matt

    Oh Please. Obama turned himself into Jimmy Carter the moment he ran for office.

    September 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Jay

    The GOP has shown zero interest in being partners in making America better. It is time to stop catering to them and start catering to the American people.

    September 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. kristi- WA

    These people that say they are Republican really are not. They all need to be voted out in 2010. Real Republicans- we know you are out there. And we know you are not hateful, war loving, scary people. Maybe the problem is cable news? The most hateful people seem to get all the air time. Republicans- speak up. Don't let these looney tune fakes talk for you.

    September 6, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Insurance company profits

    2000 – $2 billion

    2008 – $12 billion

    2016??? – $24 billion???

    Keep going Republikkkans – they will pay you more than your government salary.

    September 6, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Matthew

    Obama is free falling, and he has the full potential to turn himself into a Jimmy Carter without help from the GOP. If any American or member of the GOP criticizes Obama, the Dems immediatly cry foul – raise racism and dirty tricks charges - all in an attempt to deflect the truth, which is that Obama is doing a terrible job on the economy, on Iraq, on Afghanistan, and on health care.

    September 6, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Mark J

    Unfortunately the Republican Party has been using underhanded irresponsible tricks, rather than substance, for the past 3 decades. This behavior is unlikely to halt any time soon.

    September 6, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. chris c

    A divided society is good for us especially in Congress. Our country was founded on liberty. The less government does the better.

    September 6, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Deb

    Obama needs to quit playing into their hands and trying to placate the very vocal minority. By going soft on his campaign promises he is losing his staunchest supporters ... it's a futile effort to win over people who will only tear him down whatever he does. They GOP wouldn't care if the US sunk into the ocean as long as they could occupy the last space & keep their heads above water. It's baffling and heartbreaking to watch a strong mandate for change just slip away for nothing. You can almost hear the GOP saying, "I can't believe this is working, but COOL."

    September 6, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. jason II TX

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

    September 6, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Obama is turning HIMSELF into another Jimmy Carter.

    September 6, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Mike E

    I would hope that more people are starting to realize that the right wing in particular and the GOP in general couldn't care less about their fellow Americans, let alone the country, they only care about their own narrow self interests.

    September 6, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Ed

    Cry me a river. Obama's problems are his own fault, not the result of racism. Obama is the one who is trying to remake America in his own socialist image, not the Republicans. Obama is the one who is populating the government with unaccountable "czars", who have not undergone Senate review (how's the Van Jones thing working out for you now?)

    If Obama becomes another Jimmy Carter it will be of his own making.

    September 6, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. RICK FROM PA

    What we really need in this country is a "Third Party" dedicated to the people's beliefs and needs. The Republicans have made this "politics as usual" and the Hell with getting anything done! There are a lot of good leaders in both the House and Senate but again because of their parties politcal agendas – it is difficult to get things done in a bi-partisan fashion.

    September 6, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Michael

    It has been evident from the beginning that the Republicans are on a mission of destruction. Whether it is Pres. Obama or this country they don't seem to care which. The American people need to "step in" and set the Republicans on a course of "We the People" being first and foremost and what is expected of any politician or party. Pres. Obama needs to toughen up and start stomping on some toes and kicking butt to get things done, Roosevelt did and we are the better for it. The Republicans have, lately, become a party of extremists, kooks and just plain stupid people. i.e. birthers, tea party, death panels and now Obama brain washing our children. If this is their new base then they are truly lost and Pres. Obama needs to get on wth the real world.

    September 6, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. bill

    Van Jones......

    "white polluters and white environmentalists are steering poisons into colored communities"

    "only white kids shoot up schools"

    "Bush acts like a crack head when it comes to oil... just a lil bit more"

    9/11 truther supporter

    "america is spraying poisons on our immigrant brothers and sisters ( aka illegals)

    And you all want to say its the GOP that is the hate mongers? the racists?

    yea ok... show me where any GOP person talks like this!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Denna

    Anyone with half a brain knows that the Republicans have set the goal of making sure that President Obama has as little success as possible. The Republicans are not even doing the jobs that THEIR constituents elected them for – or are they? The Repubs seem to be perfectly happy to wait until President Obama's term ends before they actually do any work. Well why should they do any work now? The didn't do much in the past 8 years except get us into two wars that ate up all of our money. Now President Obama is trying to deal with this plus, them and trying to keep the promises that got him elected. The majority of America wants this man to succeed. As goes the president, so goes the nation. I am pleading with the conservations to please, please give the rest of us a chance. Please don't drag America down with your myopic hatred. Let America have a chance, please.

    September 6, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Paul

    Just glad that we don't have classes on Sept. 8th due to teacher in service training. I would not allow my children to watch a movie that I was uncomfortable with and I certainly would not let them be forced to listen to a president I don't believe in. The Obama admin is falling apart at the seams and the left is willing to try anything to get their approval #'s back up. The right would not have had a problem with the proposed speech if it had been packaged differently. The president just can't get it right. Do you really need an agenda to address the nations school kids? How about a message that includes work hard, study, get good grades, and respect your parents, not "how can you help the president". Obama already has enough immature brats in his midst. God I miss W and Dick Cheney

    September 6, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. dun

    When is there going to be some common sense ,with these people that make most of these comments???.
    This name calling,(rebug/repus, etc) makes me think the American people,have lower themselves to a level of uneducated and ignorance that has the rest of the world looking at them as simple minded
    and repugnant.
    I just wonder, if they ever listen to themselves,or read what they write.

    If they are satisfiede with hese oubursts, then all I can say is PLEASE GOD HELP AMERICA!!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Pedro

    If the Obama administration fails, it will surely be the administration that caused its own failure. How can one blame failure to achieve a goal on someone else, like the Republican party, especially when the Democratic party owns Congress? If someone or something fails, that is typically due to one's lack of will to do what needs to be done, or ineptitude in doing it. Come On. What Mr. Trippi is saying is irresponsible and stupid! And on the subject of failure, we have had many failed white presidents. Will Mr. Obama be the first president of color to fail?

    September 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. d.griffith

    Trying to turn a President into a failure is an old fight. These are different times. I believe, if we don't allow Pres. Obama to make the necessary changes for this country, our country will fail and I believe It will be so bad no one will want to run for Pres.

    September 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. a Republican

    The Republican party has, without question, become the JOHN BIRCH party; a fascist ideology espoused, in a small meeting with the very rich, by the candy maker in 1958; while the so-called BLUE BOOK has been edited many times since the original edition, their goal has remained to destroy democratic institutions, and (of course) Unions.

    September 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Tom

    Wow listen to the tone here. everyone is so mad. look lets stop the name calling ok?? especially all you lefty loons out there! AND STOP SHOUTING!!!!
    to the extent our president wants to take the country left of course we want him to fail. we dont wnat to go left!
    but you guys are all stuck in your framwork of the PC world. any critisism of lord Obama is racist. do you really beleive this or are you jsut out of ideas so time to sling the mud.
    the fact is the political system is broke. the republicans want to make sure Obama is a one termer and the reality is if he is it will be his fault not theirs. Jimmy Carter sucked because he was Jimmy Carter not becasue the of the republicans.

    September 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Left out

    Obama passed Carter a few months ago.

    September 6, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Tom

    It kills me that when someone disagrees with Obama, then they're labeled as hateful, arrogant or afraid of change. Obama himself said that those who disagree with him are part of the problem. Pardon me for thinking for myself, because God knows in the world Obama wants to create that isn't allowed.

    If Obama fails, its on his own. He's pushing social programs that are generally unpopular, so much so that his congressmen in his own party are backing away from them. He's surrounded himself with people who share the same extreme views he does. He talks of compromise and bipartisanship, yet the only person further left than him is Karl Marx. I hope he enjoys his four years, they will be all he gets.

    September 6, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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