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. Dennis

    I think Obama is doing a fine job all by himself turning into another Jimmy Carter. I'm surprised by the total lack of coherence in this administration.

    September 6, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Miffed

    I do not agree with most everything that Mr. Obama has done since he became President. I was sincerely hoping he would be a great President and I did not think his advisers would let him fail. Apparently they are failing with him. I am neither a Republican nor a racist although probably will become a Republican soon.

    September 6, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Joe C.

    Don't the democrats have the House, Senate and Whitehouse? Seems to me the only people stopping the Democratic agenda are other democrats. No bipart required.

    Am I the only one who sees that?

    September 6, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. coach

    It's true. Makeing progress and improving the life of Americans is secondary, at best. Defeating the presidency is the objective at all cost. It's deplorable and in the end it will fail.

    September 6, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Reggie

    I'm starting think Obama is worse than Carter...and I never thought that would be possible. This president is in way over his head and it's clearly showing....

    September 6, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. RAN

    The Democrats control both houses of Congress with a super majority in the Senate, as well as the White House. If they can't get their programs through, that's THEIR fault, not the Republican's fault. It's an indication that the Democrats are incapable of governing. That was their problem during the Clinton and Carter administrations and unless they get their act together now, that will be the legacy of this administration as well.

    September 6, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Rose

    I get so annoyed when people say America voted for Obama, you forget not ALL Americans voted for Obama. Almost half of this country did not vote for him. We are all entitled to our opinions including those who did not vote for him. And to the person who said the Dems worked hard for Bush, yeah right. The last two years of the Bush adm. congress did NOTHING, their approval rating was worse than it is now and it is pretty low at this point in time. Either they do nothing or they push through bills without careful though. Pelosi and Reid the worst offenders.

    September 6, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. sparky

    'Gunning' is an understatement. The RNC cannot take the defeat of November 2008 – especially to a black man. That's because a small band of republicans who are racists seek an imperial presidency that is based on right wing idealogy from narrow minded conservatives. If the RNC had answers I'd say their 'plan' is working – but, when you have the likes of Sarah, Rush, Adolph O'Reilly, Michael Savage and the ministers of propaganda; Mark Levine and Josef Hannity, what do you expect? The DNC will take some hits from this, but overall Americans are not as simple minded and stupid as some of the RNC portrays themselves to be.

    September 6, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. hillwho

    Isn't it true that Democrate/CNN/MSNBC/ABC/CBS/NBC/NYT/LATime etc trying to do the samething to Bush/Republican day in day out ?

    September 6, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Jan Bright

    I am a registered independent that voted for Obama. The Republicans have behaved badly, using scare tactics and uncivilized attacks on the administration in order to gain influence and promote their own agenda. They are using every dirty trick they can come up with and are tearing down America in the process. I sincerely hope that the American people will see through this treasonous behavior and work for the good of our great country. Mob rule is not the American way.

    September 6, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Neal Kaye

    A Democrat admitting that Carter was a failed President is refreshingly honest. It's about time. But Carter must be skippin' rope and smiling because he's looks absolutely brilliant compared to the current occupant of the White House. Finally, the Peanut Man can say, "I was NOT the WORST PRESIDENT".

    September 6, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Mike

    The GOP (Grand Old Party) has really disappointed me. The Republican Party and its leaders have lost my respect. However, if the Republican Party does put President Barack Obama is a losing situation and an embarassment to the nation and the world. There will 'never' be a black president again, for a long, long time. Mike in Montana

    September 6, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Kate in SW Fla

    Someone asked did Bush ever say, I won get over it? Uh, yes, he did, with his ridiculous claim of "political capital" after winning by the slimmest of margins. The truth is this: the Republicans are angry because they lost and because they all have some kind of sense of entitlement. If they are not in power, there must be some sinister reason why. I swear, if I was a young person now, I'd move to Europe. As it is, everything I have worked for all my 62 years is pretty much gone, thanks to the de-regulation fervor of these same hate mongers. No health insurance either. Laid off, my job sent to Mexico, after over 30 years. If I get sick, I am not even going to the doctor. I am fed up enough that I would rather just go to my Lord. I am SURE non of these Republicans will be there.

    September 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Sro

    Obama will bring himself down. Forcing legislation to be passed without anyone reading it, appointing tax cheats and communists to high government posts and misunderstanding what mainstream america is all about be his downfall.

    September 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. stormerF

    GOP does not have go gunning for Obama,He is already shooting himself in the foot,Just look at the peolpe who he appoints,Tax cheats: Treasuer,Health Sec,Transportation sec,Labor Sec,Than the Communist Greene Czar,Sec of state,chief of Homeland Security,Internet Czar.
    All these people who want Socialism to prevail.

    September 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Marc L

    We have become such a bunch of gullible idiots. How many people listen to these political, hypocritical hacks and believe them? Of course Republicans are going after Obama. That is what ALL politicians do. They try to convince the public that the other party is wrong. The Democrats are just as guilty. That is politics. Don't act so shocked. We have allowed this to happen. What we should be shocked at, or at least make us really think, is how a man like Van Jones was able to get a position in the White House. Why is it that we are just being made aware of him and his past? Why would our President allow a self proclaimed Marxist into his administration? Why would the opposing Republican party not have protested this sooner? There is no doubt that all were aware of his past, so why now? Why not sooner? Do we really know what our elected officials motives are?

    September 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Joe

    There are many problems with our democracy but using blatant lies and inciting hate to win politically has become a dominant tactic of The Right.
    It is especially disgusting as the same right tries to represent the morally higher ground. There are clear political gains but The Right is beginning to be viewed as fringe and rotten part of this country.

    GOP has rarely had a succesful presidency, is mostly responsible for failed economic strategies last 30 years, and have periodically achieved electoral success only by virtue of smearing their opponents. No positive startegy on their own, whatsoever. The game continues and what we see now is again worse then before. The hate is bigger then before, the lies are bigger then before!

    September 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Mike

    I think that everyone, on both sides of the aisle, needs to develop some much-needed patience. No one should expect Obama to fix health care in a matter of weeks. It's going to be a long and arduous process, but I find it amazing how quickly all the "hail Obama" fanatics have turned on our president because he hasn't batted a health care grand slam within his first 6 months in office. It's going to take more than that to undo the last 8 years.

    September 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Xavier

    Da sky, its afallin,

    What are you on! You have got to be tripping!

    September 6, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Pepou

    One fact is obvious. The Republicans have no intention of working with Obama. all they want is for him to fail. Conclusion : work WITHOUT THEM. And be tough ! We support you Mr. President!

    September 6, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. Xavier

    Republicans are about as useful as two day old road kill.

    September 6, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. DE

    RepubLIEcans don't know the meaning of compromise. It's either their way or no way. Period. The only thing they care about is the welfare of their party, not the country.

    September 6, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. G-win

    As a black man, I find it hilarious that people are complaining about race when most people disagree with the policy of the president.

    I think Glenn Beck is right about what is happening to the president. He is far left. Why else would you have "special advisors" who believe is crazy things like sterilizing people with drinking water, banning hunting and believing the government killed people during September 11th.

    Most people know that people like Rush Limbaugh, Malkin, Hannity and them love playing politics and are exctremely far right, but there is no question that Obama, Pelosi and Reid have far left policies that are ambitious goals, but impossible to do.

    September 6, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. warren

    The conservatives are so full of hate and so racist, and it shows for the world to see so sad..

    September 6, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. KB

    Democrats! Stop acting like such sycophants. You hated it when Republicans continued to fawn over Bush even after the Iraq debacle. For many Republicans/Independents/Conservatives and some Democrats, Obama is potentially ushering in his own economic debacle with his domestic policies. Stop idolizing and defending this guy without looking at the issues. Obama is proposing radical changes that deserve scrutiny. Remember: Question Authority. This means Obama too!

    September 6, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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