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.

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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. Wendy P

    Obama and the Dems need to forget about the Republicants and move forward with a single-payer, public option! Every Rep and Dem who didn't support this issue should be voted out next election and replaced with candidates who WILL work with the President for change, progress and reform.

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

    The Republicans haven't tried to work together on anything of real substance yet. They're only concerned about their guns, big business interests, and don't care about the middle class. Enough of these old windbags please.

    September 6, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. S Callahan New York

    I don't agree with this....I think what is taking place is more spiritual than physical in nature than anything. But that's right...too many of you have disreagarded our Loving God....and blame that on Republicans...God is not a respector of political parties....

    September 6, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Preston

    The Repukes don't have to do anything to Obama to make his administration fail. He is doing a very good job by himself. His problem is he has no balls. Broken promises and the mismanagement of healthcare will do him in. He should have stood up to the RepubliCON's, but he didn't! HILLARY 2012!!! She has got more BALLS than he does and she is a WOMAN!!!

    September 6, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Rob E. Lee

    When will our President step up with a better solution. What have we seen in the past 8 months, Cash for Clunkers? Is that the best BO & the Democrats can offer our country?

    We have been hood- winked into this gimmick of CHANGE.

    This country is facing record unemployment and our President offers us this rediculous Health Care Plan. Maybe we should get people back to work first.

    Also, what ever happened to all of his campaign promises like ending the two wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. Maybe if we were out of paying for two wars we could afford a better Health Care System.

    I feel Cheated. I want my vote back. The Democrats have failed all of us. We look like a third world country.

    I know Mitt Romney will do a better job in 2013.

    September 6, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Jayden,FL

    The GOP is again showing its the party of NO!.... and on Obama as being Jimmy Carter... never!

    September 6, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Edward

    Here's what happens ... Obama passes some type of health insurance reform. The economy turns around and positive growth begins in 2010 leaving the Republicans with nothing to run on other than warnings of big government which only plays to their base. Dems retain seats in 2010 and Obama wins in 2012 due to the economic recovery. No one blames Obama for the curent state of the economy but they will credit him with turning the economy around, as they should. Republicans better hope that the recession doesn't end, it's their only hope.

    September 6, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Stephen

    They're gunning for Obama? Oh how unique. Maybe they learned from the Dems who spent ever waking second for the last 8 years trying to turn Bush into a failure. What a bunch of babies.

    September 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. GregM

    Is there any truth to the rumor that Carter is really concerned he will lose his legacy as being the worst American president to OBumbler.

    September 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Leon

    He is worse than Jimmy Carter. Obama got elected by turning the Republicans into.... monsters. We the American people were all fooed by him (Obama). After all, he is no... Abraham Lincoln, the leader of the world, the "savior" or... the last angel standing. He even tries to "brainwash" our school children into.. supporting his liberal leftist ideology and "worshipping" himself (Obama).

    September 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Mark

    Sure, blame the Republicans.. but just for the record, it was not Glen Beck but a New Zealand blogger who broke the Van Jones story (do your own homework).

    Obama is his own worst enemy. His associations with Wright, Aires, and Jones (just to name a few of many) should have demanded the attention of everyone – not just the Right. Particularly when the man himself said, "'Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself." Obama is NO FDR.

    Keep riding the sinking ship.. just wait until the news of Obama having known and did nothing about the release of the Lockerby terrorist, Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi. Could we then have a "teachable moment?"

    September 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. g

    the best way to destroy america is to give full control to republican trikle down more free trade,deregulate every thing, let corporate america rule and control run big deficet so the next administration can not work send your fortunes to off shore banking so your untouchableandsit back and wait for mexican type goverment where rich rule no middle class the perfect world

    September 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. flageek

    Obama's Presidency will go down in history as one of the worst!! can he continue to choose wacko advisors that don't pay their taxes, don't read petitions they sign, etc.???....his proposed policies are truly socialist, and will ruin this country...

    September 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Avoid the Kool-Aid

    Van Jones is out because he said and did stupid things (9/11 truther, self-admitted communist) that most Americans disagree with.

    Obama is failing because he is saying and doing stupid things (ramming socilaized health care down everyone's throats, doubling our debts) that most Americans disagree with.

    Enough with the name calling on this board. Look at and discuss the facts.

    September 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. mike

    The dems and uhbama have only themselves to blame. Give libs enough rope, they will hang themselves.

    September 6, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Kennedy

    I see it everywhere: among my right wing friends, the state, the politicians running the republican party. They are so hateful and disingenuous about Obama that it is scary. This reaching out to the dark side by the right wing is an obvious reaction to knowing how bad their leader failed and now Obama doing what Americans needed to be done long ago.
    Will the Democrats fight this fight and still be able to make this a better country? Obviously, they will never get help from those who's ego is fighting from a corner of deceit and who's pride can't swallow defeat and move on. Shame. How Americans can hate an American who wants a better country for ALL, and hate him vociferously is immature at best.
    Swallow your pride Rightnecks!

    September 6, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. ken kunz

    If Obama didn't associate with such embarrassing figures he may have had more credibility. I think the only reason he was elected is a large amount of frustration with Bush amongst both liberals AND true conservatives. The cons were upset Bush bought into the massive Fed bailout amongst other things, and so when a retread, has been like McCain who is not the conservative bases first choice by a long shot, was the nominee, of course Obama was elected. But I fundamentally believe we cannot spend our way out of this recession and Obama will be cast out next go around , IF the Republicans nominate somene who will carry forthtthe message of Reagan.

    September 6, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Randy

    Umm...and the Dems never gunned for Bush's presidency?!? This headline–and the quote itself-is a laugher.

    September 6, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. a REAL American

    So I guess Democrats can read minds now, Farrell? Oh of course, all people who don't agree with Obama's policies must be racist, because he is such a genius, right?

    Rollins is right on the money on this one. Nobody can make this a Carter presidency except Obama himself. He had all his pieces in place with large majorities in the House and Senate, but there's just one eency-weency problem–the American people are finally catching on to this lightweight of a president and how he and his minions in Congress (Pelosi, Reid, and their ilk) are leading this country into an abyss of spending and entitlements. Yes Greg, I too wonder what our founding fathers would think of all this!

    September 6, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. Gene

    "Help your fellow man"

    Conservatives compare that to Hitler and socialism, the bible calls that word of Jesus.

    Isn't it funny how the same people who are the most vocally christian are the conservatives. They scream that everything Obama is doing is wrong, that it's socialist, that he's destroying us. Meanwhile, in reality, Obama's message is basically the same of that of Jesus. Christians must really hate Jesus' message.

    And.. this comment is coming from an atheist.

    September 6, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Franco

    why cant we just admit it,,,,,, this is all because we have a blk president ,,which he's really bi racial,,, thats all they're really upset about, if he was white non of these right wings nuts would be saying anything ,,,,, or at least not all the BS lies

    September 6, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. America Shrugged

    President Obama is going to succeed regardless of those in the opposition party. There are more reasonable folks in this country than the 20 million who listen to pundits like Rush and Hannity. Whether or not a strong public option is in the final healthcare reform bill, it will be a good start for Americans and it will be President Obama who got it off the ground. We'll get out of Iraq by next summer and it will be another promise kept. Gitmo will be closed, and it will be another promise kept. The economy will continue to slowly recover, and it will be a good thing for all Americans.

    September 6, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Of course they are! The GOP is running scared because they and everyone knows that their policies of the last 30 years have been tried and failed.

    Cutting taxes on the wealthy creates jobs? Yeah, overseas where the labor is laughably cheap and there are few if any pesky labor and environmental regulations. Result: US factories close, Americans get laid off, whole towns go under – but hey, we get to buy cheap products from China filled with poison!

    September 6, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. renobill

    Well duh, of course the repukes want to Obama to fail, that's the way the game is played in the USA. I prayed everyday for Bushy to screw up, and that clown never let me down. Why should the repukes be any different?

    September 6, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    The GOP should be very afraid, because Americans have finally wised up to what they're really about: power and money and to hell with the rest of us!

    Ignore Presidential briefings entitled, "Obama determined to attack the US using planes" and suffer the most devastating attack in our history ...Lie to take us into war so their buddies at Halliburton can overcharge us ... De-regulate the financial industry and watch the world's economy collapse ... Appoint a former horse show judge to head FEMA ...

    Incompetence, deceit, disrespect for our Constitution, treating the American public like a bunch of idiots, playing to our basest natures and encouraging us to turn on each other (united we stand, divided we fall).

    September 6, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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