February 21st, 2010
11:08 AM ET
11 years ago

Gov. Patrick: 'Unseemly' to root for Obama to fail

Washington (CNN) – A close political ally of President Obama predicted Sunday that critics of the administration who "root for failure" would pay a price because the country faces so many challenges.

"It's unseemly, to use a tactful term, to see so many people – so many people in office – sit on the sidelines and root for failure," Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Massachusetts, said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union. "I think most Americans, no matter what their political background or political party affiliation if they have one, want their president to succeed."

Obama "does not pretend to have all the answers" and has solicited policy ideas from Republicans, Patrick said.

"I think that the American people are going to hold accountable those who simply sit on the sidelines and root for failure," Patrick said. "We can't afford that anymore."

Patrick also said that, in his view, Obama has focused on the issues that matter to the public: health care, job creation, and the economic pain that has gripped the country since late 2008.

Gov. Jim Douglas, R-Vermont, who appeared alongside Patrick on State of the Union, echoed the Massachusetts governor's sentiments.

Douglas told CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that partisan gridlock in Washington bothers his constituents in Vermont.

"We have two major political parties in our country and that's fine," Douglas said. "They have different points of view and the robustness of the political process is that those views come to the table. They're debated and their reconciled. But, ultimately, something has to happen. The work has to be done."

"When you look at Congress – all the bickering, all the inaction – I think the American people are really fed up."
Patrick and Douglas are in Washington to attend a meeting of the National Governors Association, which is chaired by Douglas.

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soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. RTB

    It is right that the to parties bring their corresponding philosophies to the table.

    The democrats won the majority and have demonstrated time and again to include many Republican policies into the discussion and to work out compromises. No agreement from the Republicans has been forthcoming on anything. It is time for the Democrats to act without them. They have the been elected to do so.

    Unfortunately there are those calling themselves Democrats but are in essence republicans posing as democrats. Their constituents ought to see the truth and vote them out.

    February 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. bob

    If you want healthcare to fail now, why didn't you want Bush's medicare part D to fail? Why is Obama's socialism worse than Bush's socialism?

    February 21, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. FactCheck

    Forgive us, if we ask for Small Government, Less Taxes and More Freedoms. If that means we must block this adminstration's actions to build Big Government, To tax and spend more, to take away our freedoms and undermine the rights of the States, then so be it.

    Yes because you uninformed lunatics know *much* more about about what is "best" for this country than economic experts, policy makers, and the President of this country.

    February 21, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Scott H

    I will route against collectivism and "free" handouts that working people will always get the bill for. As long as Obama continues to grasp on to Marxist ideologies that punish those who produce and reward those that do not, I will always be against him. But hey, he might change, and when he does, I'll support him.

    February 21, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. independent

    We all have a good side and a bad side. In general, most of us are better people when motivated and or when times are easier. As a species, we tend to be less than 'godly' when times are tougher, and when the people we listen to are negative.

    We all have the capacity to be closed-minded, unfair, non-brotherly, intolerant, even violent., and times are clearly tougher these days for most of us.

    When those who tend to vote Republican turn to their leaders for motivation or guidance, they are not hearing positive messages, but instead negative messages. The Party of NO is bringing out the worst in their own supporters. GOP leaders are hurting America by bringing out the worst of their own party. Where are the responsible GOP leaders, like Colin Power? Why are they absent, or fearful of confronting this negativism trend?

    They need to ask themselves, if not them, who?

    February 21, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. FactCheck

    The basic problem is that the followers of the RNC are sheep. They have no inclination for individual thinking and only believe what Fox News tells them to believe.

    February 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Linda

    I live in Arizona and every day I hear McCain ads saying " I am fighting Obama in Washington"- is that what I pay taxes for him to do? I support the President – I see our nation on the cusp of very serious failure and am so sickened by the likes of McCain, who calls himself a patriot but does nothing but feed into the craziness of right wingers who just want Obama to fail, no matter what that does the our great nation! Yet none of these people ever opened their yaps as the Cheney and Bush administration took us to an illegal expensive war and war profiteered- tortured, broke the Constitution and caused the horrific economy that we now all face. It is unAmerican and I do believe that most of us are smart enough to vote against people who want nothing for America but failure for our President.

    February 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Those that want us to fail are traitors,PERIOD.

    February 21, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. stevegee

    It's good for America that Obama is failing. People were fooled into voting for him because of his "Change" mantra – which turned out to be a radical agenda to change our country into a socialist nightmare.

    His recent propaganda blitz shows that he just doesn't understand the values of the American people. We treasure our freedom and liberty; we reject tyranny. Those beliefs are clearly spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Perhaps Obama and his liberal minions should read them both.

    February 21, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Stop the Nonsense

    Lonely Libertarian – this is not 1776 nor 1791- the world and the country have changed. We are not 13 states that got news in days not seconds. We are not 10's of thousands of foreigners wanting a chance at a better life. We are hundreds of millions of Americans with a better life.
    What is the same is we are governed by wealthy,mostly older, white men.We rely on lawyers to write laws governing finance- are we crazy?
    We took nearly 150 years to finally recognize women were citizens and gave them a vote. And nearly 200 years before we gave blacks a voice.
    Our Constitution is a great document but it was closed-minded when it was written and now has to be modifed to meet the 21st century. 2 million peope in a small state could not afford to pave across the state raod without the federal goervnments assistance. You like driving on pavement? we need a federal government that spends money.

    February 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. SkiDoc

    "O" has NOT solicited policy suggestions from Republicans. He is a total sham. Our country is going to fail – unless HE fails. In fact he MUST FAIL or we may never recover. November 2010 can't come fast enough.

    February 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. johnrj08

    As far as I'm concerned, the Governor is exactly right. If you're a voter with half a brain, why would you invest your vote in a politician who has gone to great lengths to de-legitimize and undermine a sitting President during a time of extreme crisis? The fact is, politicians can disagree on the substance of policies and that is a rational path toward compromise, which is the essence of governing. But a politician whose sole focus is the success of his own political party, to the exclusion of everything else, should be unelectable. When the majority of the country goes to the polls and elects a president, that person deserves the respect of his political rivals, for the sake of government's viability as well as the message we send to our children. The Republican Party has chosen a path that has frozen our government and is leading this country toward a new era of violent, bipolar conflict.

    February 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Chris

    JP wrote: "I think the context is missing here. I'm sure that those that opposed former President's George W. Bush's policies with regards to internal security (wiretapping, etc.) would have wanted those policies to fail. That is, for those policies to be terminated in legislation, or for them to be unworkable."

    You're missing the context, JP. Yes, the Democrats wanted some of Bush's policies, such as warrantless wiretaps, to fail. The difference is Republicans want *all* of Obama's policies to fail. They've even votged against policies they originally proposed. And they don't want just his policies to fail, but his whole presidency and the country itself to fail. All in a base attempt to return to power.

    Never in their darkest moments did the Democrats want anything close to that for Bush.

    February 21, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. mark nj

    Look, I have been and independent voter all my life but i have never seen so much political devise (thas is so plainly seen by any person with any intellect) that is so motivated by racially intolerent and power motivated people whose only agenda is about me. Does this sound "Patriotic" ? Sound "loyal" to it's people ? I think all americans should be able to tan 2 times a week, get the best health care,do nothing, and run this country into the ground. JOIN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!

    February 21, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. RTB

    What does it mean to the right wingers when they make slogans like "More Freedoms"?

    Sounds good Doesn't it? Be very wary of these folks. Their so called "freedoms" will be at others expense.

    February 21, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. JOE RN

    Gov. Patrick above stated, "I think most Americans, no matter what their political background or political party affiliation if they have one, want their president to succeed."
    I do not want YOUR president to succeed in nationalizing health care; do not want him to succeed in having my grandkids pay for today's wasteful Government spending; do not want to see him succeed in raising taxes dramatically through "Cap & Trade"; do not want him to succeed in sharing my wealth I earned through my three degrees and 41 years of continuous work as he threatened with Joe the Plumber.
    This Governmental INSANITY has to be stopped. Remember – I VOTE as do millions of other Seniors, Teabaggers and Christians who hug their guns a bibles.

    February 21, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    If someone is trying to burn down your house, why would you want them to succeed?

    Just because someone is able to tap into the stupidity, insecurity, and gullibility of the American people and get elected president, we're supposed to wish them success regardless of whatever they want to do? I don't think so. I hope he fails to......for the sake of what's left of my country.

    February 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Just Jake

    Its amazing how everyone wants the best for this country, but they are so easy to destroy it. We vote to put someone in, then we want our vot back.

    I don't understand why people hink things can change over nite. It didn't happen over night. It took Bush 8 years to make this mess. Now they expect President Obama to change it over night. Snap his fingers.

    We all knew it was going to be a fight with the Republicans on anything that Obama presented. Because they don't like him. I have never seen in my 50+ years a president treated this way.
    Yes he is Black and most of these folks say its not because of his color.
    Black people have had to work twice as hard. Longer hours, smaller wages and live in the poorest neighborhoods, an to to top it off, NO health care.
    keep employment checks coming
    This President is trying to get health care for all people
    This President is trying to get keep folks in there home
    This President is trying to help brings jobs
    This President is trying to help in so many ways, I just don't get it.
    Why are the people so angry.
    Why are they trying to stop or say NO to everything the President present? Some one answer me! I'm confused as to what this country really wants from a President.

    The last President, put us in WAR
    The last President, didn't care about the cost of GAS
    The last President, didn't care about us keeping our homes
    The last President, cause all the bussiness to move overseas
    The last President, knew about 911 and did nothing
    The last President, didn't help the poor people in New Orleans
    The last President, never answered any questions or concerns of the people.
    The last President, didn't speak directly to the people but only to his staff.
    The last President, had a vice President that Shot his friend.
    The last President, had a staff that went to Jail or Prison
    The last President, didn't hardly visit the troops
    The last President, didn't care about this country because he let us down and lied over and over again

    February 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Joshua College Station Texas

    The mood of the public ought to be anti-gridlock.

    Whoever is standing in the way of progress has to go. That means all Republicans and many Democrats.

    I will be deeply, deeply upset if voters decide to replace all incumbents with Republicans. Just look at Hayworth running against McCain in Arizona. Hayworth is younger and new, and that is exciting, but he is NUTS! He is not a compromiser, he embraces the birthers and the truthers, and he pledges to be very far right conservative, as far-right as many of the most extreme senators already in Congress that are standing taking a hard line and refusing to compromise on anything. Why vote for him? He'll just exacerbate the problem. I would love to remove the incumbent McCain, but not if the tradeoff is having the extremist Hayworth.

    If we as a country really want progress and want things to get better, we should support and then elect political moderates this coming election. Only moderates will compromise with one another. Only moderates will reflect the will of the people and will work for real change. I say, in choosing a candidate to vote for, first, vote for the candidate who is most committed to working with others to get things done, that is, the moderate candidate; second, vote for the honest candidate, who will keep his promises; third, if it's still all a toss-up about who to support, vote against the incumbent; and fourth, vote for the party of yes! Don't support the extreme ideologues.

    Unfortunately, districts are so gerrymandered that many politicians feel safe saying whatever extreme things they want and knowing they will still have the backing of their districts. This means politicians don't have to compromise! This is THE SOURCE of the gridlock, and this needs to change. Before the district boundaries were redrawn, politicians were forced to consider lots of political views in their districts so that when they responded to the will of the people, it more accurately reflected the will of a broad group of people rather than a narrow one. We need to return to that. Otherwise our country will continue in political paralysis until it comes to force. I fear we are already moving towards becoming a police state, because it's the only part of the government that still functions.

    February 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. G in BR

    The seething morons in this country who support the President's failure will NEVER admit or understand that their public displays of hate and venom or unpatriotic and extremely dangerous. It is one thing to be against a policy and it is another to incite terrorist bravado. Do you fools honestly think that the enemies of this country are not looking at how you are trying to incite a modern day civil war between the people of this country?? They are watching and waiting for the country to implode due to this discord. They won't have to sneak in they will just walk through the front door. We can not solve the problems that have hindered and derailed us by fighting and calling for a revolution (via Sara Palin) but by working together. The foolishness of the President's detractors will either incite a bloody civil unrest between the citizens of this country or increase the boldness of our enemies!! Either way.....we LOSE!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Do all you so-called "Conservatives" want chaos instead of a government? Do you want to stay up at night defending yours because there's no police department? Do you want to shop for a good doctor because there's no agency regulating medicine? Do you want to depend on your neighbors to save your burning house because there's no fire department? Do you want to wonder whether the people on the coasts and borders will be able to stop any invader because there's no military? Do you want to wake up to lynched bodies hanging in your trees because you worship differently than others around you? Do you want to be robbed of everything you have because you have more than the other guy?
    Give me a break!!!
    Less government to you means "don't take my money and protect me when I need it." Well, you can't have it both ways.

    February 21, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Cory Harris

    How foolish to even think no matter what party that a President could recover this enconomy in one year. To call a man a socialist when medicare and social security are Goverment run. To try to make a issue of the things this President is doing is stupid. Now the enconomy could have been been and more jobs could have been created,but there is no way that it could have been recovered. Anyone who becomes President works for EVERYONE and if he does well it's a good thing. Why don't you just say you don't want a black man/Democrat and stop with the games because your beef with this man doesn't pass the stink test.

    February 21, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Lynne in CA

    Vote the Rethug Party of No incumbents out of Congress in 2010 and watch how fast this country makes a positive turn around.

    February 21, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Rick Day

    These comments represent some very sad reading. The Anti-Obama posters all parrot the same verses of complaining, yet not one of them proposes a solution.

    Truly we are all doomed. The System has effectively divided us against ourselves. The intelligent and not so intelligent are forever split.

    If you think Obama's Health Care Plan is bad, then you either must acknowledge the system needs SOME overhaul, or you think the current system is just fine and dandy.


    What are YOUR solutions?

    Better yet, what are the REPUBLICAN Solutions? Blocking a proposal is NOT a progressive solution it is a policy of regressive inertia and it is NOT what we send politicians to Washington to do.

    We have problems in this country. Doing nothing about a problem will not solve it, and often makes it worse.

    I'd rather move in a wrong direction than not move at all, and watch helplessly as the whole system crumbles. Racist Conservatives would rather allow the country to crumble, than support a black man.

    Of course, rising out of the rubble will be those who will blame Obama (Clinton, Carter, FDR, et al) EVEN THOUGH THEY GOT WHAT THEY WANTED IN THE FIRST PLACE, which is NOTHING. If one fights for nothing hard enough, that is what they will get.

    Lead, follow or get the hell out of my country!

    February 21, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. usualone

    The country would quickly drown if the President had avoided taking the actions he did. It is amazing that those who disagree with his policies want to put labels on his methods such as socialism, Marxism, etc. We obviously couldn't handle things well when left up to the Republican ways. With no controls, one only has to look at the banks and how they operated. Sure, in theory, we want to rule all by ourselves. But that is not practical. Okay, let's take government out of our lives. Just the highway system alone would deteriorate at a rapid rate. Then if we flew withoiut any secruity checks, let's see what happened. Enough of people fearing government in their lives. It is not a free-for-all for us to live side by side; we do need guidelines...and occasional help, such as the City of New Orleans after their disaster. Let those who don't want government in their lives give constructive suggestions on how to improve the lives of fellow Americans. And not all those seeking help are just users of the system. The self-centered folk who feel like they did all on their own need to think beyond their immediate selves and not jump to conclusions about those who need help.

    February 21, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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