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Michele Bachmann's First Big Mistake - Hiring Ed Rollins (Update: Ed double-downs on Palin again)
Legal insurrection ^ | Tuesday June 7, 2011 | William Jacobson

Posted on 06/07/2011 5:54:01 PM PDT by Bigtigermike

Not surprisingly, Bachmann has come under the same types of snide attack as Sarah Palin from the mainstream media, entertainment industry and left-blogosphere.  There is a special place reserved for conservative women in the Democratic toolkit of mockery and derision.

But Bachmann just made a big mistake.  I'll repeat what I wrote when Mike Huckabee was considering whether to run again with Ed Rollins as his campaign manager:

Run, don't walk, away from Ed Rollins and the others who think that demeaning Sarah Palin is the best way to advance your campaign.

Sure enough, Rollins having just been hired by Bachmann, is at it again (via Ben Smith):

Michele Bachmann's new top consultant, Ed Rollins, began his tenure with scathing criticism of potential Bachmann rival Sarah Palin. "Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years," Rollins told Brian Kilmeade on his radio show, Kilmeade and Friends. "She got the Vice Presidential thing handed to her, she didn't go to work in the sense of trying to gain more substance, she gave up her governorship."

He suggested that the contrast would favor Bachmann.

"Michele Bachmann and others [have] worked hard, she has been a leader of the Tea Party which is a very important element here, she has been an attorney, she has done important things with family values."

"She is probably the best communicator [in the GOP field] now that Mike Huckabee's not in there," he said.

Rollins has long been skeptical of Palin, but his new role with Bachmann suggests that criticism will become part of her campaign, though she has publicly praised the former Alaska governor

Michele Bachmann's new top consultant, Ed Rollins, began his tenure with scathing criticism of potential Bachmann rival Sarah Palin.

Hiring Rollins was a mistake.  In order to have a chance, you will have to unite the non-establishment wing of the party behind you, and you lose a big chunk of that base when your campaign spokesman trashes Palin.

Additionally, the Democrats and their supporters are going to Palinize you, and already have started.  Having your campaign spokesman engage in the same sort of rhetoric against Palin simply legitimizes the tactic, and will hurt your campaign.

Please take advice from someone who likes you.  Dump Rollins overboard now, before it's too late.

Update:  Ed Rollins is on the Chris Matthews show as this update is being written, and is going out of his way to belittle Palin, including saying that Palin ""doesn't matter if she doesn't run."  Rollins also jumped on the Paul Revere controversy.  According to Rollins, Palin "has the movie star quality but it doesn't go very far."

Hiring Rollins is an enormous mistake for Bachmann.  It could be campaign killing.  The people who hate Palin are the same people who hate Bachmann, and no amount of trashing of Palin by Rollins will change that.  Bachmann needs to focus on building, not tearing down.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012; bachmann; bachmannimplosion; palin; quittermeme; rollins4romney; romneydirtytrick; romneyspew; sarahpalin
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She sold out to someone, but to whom? Mitt?
1 posted on 06/07/2011 5:54:05 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

>> Michele Bachmann ... has been an attorney

Rollins is marketing that as a *plus*??!? ROFL!


2 posted on 06/07/2011 5:56:25 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Bigtigermike

Poor judgment!


3 posted on 06/07/2011 5:57:22 PM PDT by A. Morgan
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To: Bigtigermike

My opinion of her has certainly gone down in the past 24 hours.


4 posted on 06/07/2011 5:57:51 PM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: Bigtigermike

That is why someone way outside the belt way and not a political hack is so appealing That is Sarah Palin


5 posted on 06/07/2011 5:57:58 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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To: Bigtigermike

Grrr. Anyone have contact for Ed Rollins. Nice he dumps and runs


6 posted on 06/07/2011 5:59:31 PM PDT by GoCards (RUN SARAH RUN)
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To: al baby

They are dissing someone who has not announced yet.. hummm


7 posted on 06/07/2011 5:59:38 PM PDT by scbison
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To: al baby
To get back any chance she had

Ed has to be fired.

See Ronald Wilson Reagan

8 posted on 06/07/2011 6:00:25 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: scbison

Because she is doing to bidding of someone to make sure that either Palin doesn’t run or is damaged further when she does run.....think about this: Mitt said that he will take it easy until after Labor Day! Hmmm!


9 posted on 06/07/2011 6:02:56 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

I agree. I think republicans are making a huge mistake if they think that they can win in 2012 by trashing Sarah Palin. It would be like a democratic candidate thinking he can win by trashing black people.


10 posted on 06/07/2011 6:03:42 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: Bigtigermike
Sarah was always the one.

Michelle was just filling the vacuum.

11 posted on 06/07/2011 6:03:51 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: Bigtigermike
Wow.......Newt Gingrich type of mistake

Makes me wonder how sharp she really is

I'd reserve judgment to see if she puts a muzzle on Rollins

12 posted on 06/07/2011 6:05:27 PM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

And Sarah has the perfect name for the first woman President sorta like Sally Ride for being the first Free woman to fly in space


13 posted on 06/07/2011 6:06:22 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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To: Popman
She has had all day to do it and hasn't yet.

Make no mistake about it, he speaks for her.

14 posted on 06/07/2011 6:10:21 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: Bigtigermike

“The way of the RINO”

“Hiring the same people that have resulted in the RINO infestation is the path to more RINOS and more RINO/Socialism.”

This isn’t too hard for a hick like me to figure out, so what does that say about MB? Looks like she’s part of the problem too.


15 posted on 06/07/2011 6:10:59 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: scooby321
I agree with all. Why would Bachmann hire Rollins?

Campaigns are odd things. I always anticipate an opponent taking on a candidate, yet in many cases the candidate take themselves out.

Bad decision by Bachmann (perhaps a purely naive move) and a possible campaign finisher, unless (as you posted) she fires Rollins pronto.

16 posted on 06/07/2011 6:11:17 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: Bigtigermike
I dunno, but whatever happened happened over the Christmas break.

Remember she ran for the Republican Conference Chair position after the November election but Boehner and Cantor slapped her down. As a consolation, they assigned her to the House Intelligence Committee.

Bachmann to Intelligence Committee

Soon after (in January), Bachmann's staff appeared in South Carolina and Iowa and began slamming Palin during meetings with local GOP organizers and chairmen.

A deal was cut somewhere, and Bachmann's buddy Steve King was undoubtedly a part of it since he is pretty much her shadow.

17 posted on 06/07/2011 6:11:35 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Bigtigermike

Mitt / Bachmann .. just hope she’s a better shot than cheney.

ed rollins has become a bob shrumesque character, she probably got his services cheap.

oh well, that’s baseball.


18 posted on 06/07/2011 6:12:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Bigtigermike

I have not been happy with Michelle Bachmann.

She was a terrific force in congress for her last couple of terms, and I donated to her campaign last year. But since then, I have been disappointed. I expected her to lead the Freshman Tea Partiers in congress and put pressure on the leadership to honor the election.

Instead, she has pretty much dropped out of sight in her congressional dealings. Boehner has pulled one boner after another, and Bachman has done nothing to show him up.

Now she hires Ed Rollins. What that says to me is that she is “moving to the middle.” Very, very disappointing. We elected her for a reason, and she doesn’t seem to get it.

She is in too much of a hurry to climb the career ladder. I’m afraid that will simply make her another fading star, like so many others who just wouldn’t wait until they were ready and had EARNED it.


19 posted on 06/07/2011 6:15:25 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Bigtigermike

Trashing ‘Cuda kills the deal.


20 posted on 06/07/2011 6:16:07 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Bigtigermike.
Run, don't walk, away from Ed Rollins and the others who think that demeaning Sarah Palin is the best way to advance your campaign.

21 posted on 06/07/2011 6:19:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Popman
Michele Backmann wants to run and yet she has shot herself in both feet. Hiring Ed Rollins as her campaign manager is shot #1, and allowing and maybe even encouraging him to trash Sarah Palin is shot #2. Unless Michele Bachmann takes immediate and decisive action with Ed Rollins she will remain a cripple.
22 posted on 06/07/2011 6:20:14 PM PDT by JPG (Sarah Palin, driving the MSM crazy one day at a time.)
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To: Bigtigermike; onyx
NO! Michele, What Were You THINKING!!!! I want you on the same ticket as Sarah, don't go down this path with this RINO Putz, we all know what happens to RINOS who cross Sarah

http://votingfemale.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/rino-hunter-sarah-palin.jpg

If she kicks this Putz to the curb soon, than maybe this was all just a big misunderstanding, if not.......

23 posted on 06/07/2011 6:21:50 PM PDT by KC_Lion (If Sarah can't be elected in 2012, then Phase II will fall into place, may G-D have mercy on us all)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

republicans only know how to attack other republicans. look at the cowards when it comes to obama, he is there for the taking and yet they do nothing.
Holder should have been gone since the black panthers.
the queer agenda goes on and they say nothing.
The GOP , much of talk radio are the establishment cocktail party cowards


24 posted on 06/07/2011 6:22:49 PM PDT by manc (Hannity is a fraud , he admitted he's socially liberal on his show, he's took us for suckers)
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To: Invincibly Ignorant

“My opinion of her has certainly gone down in the past 24 hours.”

Mine too.


25 posted on 06/07/2011 6:24:47 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Nervous Tick
Bachmann's hiring of Ed Rollins is the final sraw....she's done.

The FEAR of Sarah Palin to the MSM shows, again, as they promote Bachmann, who cannot win (whereas, they FEAR Palin will win and go all the way to the White House).

26 posted on 06/07/2011 6:24:52 PM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Bigtigermike

Update on legalinsurrection.blogspot.com: “Update: Ed Rollins is on the Chris Matthews show as this update is being written, and is going out of his way to belittle Palin, including saying that Palin “”doesn’t matter if she doesn’t run.” Rollins also jumped on the Paul Revere controversy. According to Rollins, Palin “has the movie star quality but it doesn’t go very far.”

*** Hiring Rollins is an enormous mistake for Bachmann. It could be campaign killing. The people who hate Palin are the same people who hate Bachmann, and no amount of trashing of Palin by Rollins will change that.*** “

I agree with the Blogger. I don’t know what in the world is going on with Michele Bachmann. It’s not looking good. She needs to get it together.


27 posted on 06/07/2011 6:24:59 PM PDT by abcc2011 (Christian and conservative.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Cynic that I am (I’m a veteran of the DukeLax Frame), I’m not discounting the possibility that Bachmann may have been put into the race by the Rove/Mittens/RINO combine with an eye toward pulling votes away from Palin.

The hiring of Rollins to serve as an attack sock-puppet makes the theory even more likely.

I’m absolutely convinced that is what happened with the Fred Thompson thing in 2008. His role was to keep conservatives uncommitted and off-balance, then pull out after it was too late to coalesce around another conservative.

He performed exactly as he was supposed to.


28 posted on 06/07/2011 6:28:35 PM PDT by abb
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To: Bigtigermike

Anyone have an E-mail for Bachmann, I wan’t to let her know how I feel about this.


29 posted on 06/07/2011 6:28:44 PM PDT by traderrob6
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Well shoot, if Sarah doesn’t run I guess I’m voting Ron Paul.


30 posted on 06/07/2011 6:29:10 PM PDT by jsdjason
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To: Cicero
IF Bachmann happens to swerve into to VP slot on Mittens ticket, the very first thing SNL will do is a spoof on her rebuttal. Within a week she will be Quayled and will not know what to do. When she has to deal with the level of hell visited upon Sarah Palin, she will crack. Hell, she is already crying about how mean Matthews and Press are to her.
31 posted on 06/07/2011 6:32:01 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: Bigtigermike

Rollins learned nothing from shooting his mouth off 20 years ago about “walking around money.” When you have Rollins in your campaign, you can be certain that Rollins will be the issue.


32 posted on 06/07/2011 6:33:41 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: abb
I’m not discounting the possibility that Bachmann may have been put into the race by the Rove/Mittens/RINO combine with an eye toward pulling votes away from Palin.

That's exactly what is going on. It's part of the GOP's Stop Sarah campaign.

33 posted on 06/07/2011 6:34:31 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I’d give her a day to catch the blowback and see if she is sharp enough to work the news cycle for the greatest effect

It would be nice to see her throw Rollins overboard like the chum he is


34 posted on 06/07/2011 6:34:32 PM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: traderrob6
To all

Putting Rollins’ attacks on Palin aside for a minute.
It seems to me a campaign manager should do just that manage the campaign. He/she should be barely seen and certainly not heard. Any campaign manager sucks up air time away from his/her candidate is a campaign manager not doing the job they were hired to do!
Bottom line for Bachmann is Rollins running or is Bachmann if Rollins’ mouth puts Rollins in the news that can't be good for Bachmann. She should fire his ass pronto!

35 posted on 06/07/2011 6:35:17 PM PDT by Reily
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To: Bigtigermike

Working with Ed Rollins is like swimming with a 50 pound lead weight hanging from your neck.


36 posted on 06/07/2011 6:36:17 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (According to PDSers, anyone who doesn't hate Palin must be a Palin worshipper.)
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To: traderrob6
She's catching hell from her (former) supporters on her Facebook page now.
37 posted on 06/07/2011 6:36:39 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: YHAOS

Trashing Cuda anything is a job killer!!! Haven’t anybody learn yet?

I wonder how must Sarah be feeling right now, knowing that one of her best friends backstabs her like this? Friends and foe attacks her


38 posted on 06/07/2011 6:37:55 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Invincibly Ignorant
"My opinion of her has certainly gone down in the past 24 hours."

Michelle just said two day's ago: "Sarah is my friend" - then she hires somebody that trashes "her friend" - doesn't sit well with Christians.

39 posted on 06/07/2011 6:39:17 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: abb

Before he ran, it was known that Fred Thompson was a friend of McCain. It was also fairly clear that Fred liked McCain in at least one debate.


40 posted on 06/07/2011 6:40:39 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: Bigtigermike
The upside is that this idiot is only lowering the bar farther. There is the movie and the remainder of the bus tour that can quickly undo and perceived damage this blowhard is doing.

Mrs. Bachmann supposedly hired this goon for Iowa. Heck, she may not make it to Iowa.

41 posted on 06/07/2011 6:40:41 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: traderrob6

http://bachmann.house.gov/

I just found her email. I’m on her Twitter list. Earlier I replied to her latest tweet about Freddie and Fannie. I asked her why her new campaign mgr Rollins is trashing Sarah. I stated that it was bad move and she’s only hurting herself.


42 posted on 06/07/2011 6:42:46 PM PDT by abcc2011 (Christian and conservative.)
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To: jsdjason

Ron Paul’s last moneybomb 2 days ago was Ron Paul vs Romneycare - that should give you an idea who Ron Paul dislikes.


43 posted on 06/07/2011 6:43:27 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: Bigtigermike

Ed Rollins is liberal garbage!


44 posted on 06/07/2011 6:43:30 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Bigtigermike

“....knowing that one of her best friends backstabs her like this....”

Sarah actually went out of her way to CAMPAIGN for Bachmann.

I guess Jesus would be disappointed in me; but if I were Palin, that would put the cherry on top of it for me! That scathing attack from Bachmann’s “senior advisor” is not mendable or reconcileable! M. Bachmann and Ed Rollins could both go pound sand if it were up to me!


45 posted on 06/07/2011 6:45:00 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: abb
Plenty of people at the time were saying Fred was a stalking horse for his old buddy McCain. It wouldn't surprise me if Bachmann has been purchased to do a similar deed. It's obvious that Bachmann takes votes from Palin.

And it makes me laugh to see people get disappointed by the likes of Bachmann. It's like I always say, if you're disappointed, that just means your expectations were too high. And yet I'm called a cynic. You cannot be too cynical when it comes to politics. It's not possible. It's POLITICS, for crying out loud. Cynicism goes with politics like salt on a pretzel.

46 posted on 06/07/2011 6:45:18 PM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: traderrob6
www.congress.org

or

Website: bachmann.house.gov

47 posted on 06/07/2011 6:48:05 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Bigtigermike
Here's what every astute GOP political operative, politician and candidate knows:

You attack Palin you lose 50% of the GOP base, minimum.

Doesn't matter whether she runs or not the emotions do run that deep.

For those candidates, politicians and operatives who don't understand this maxim...they were not smart enough to be in the party anyway.

48 posted on 06/07/2011 6:50:15 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Bigtigermike

Backstabbing &*$%#*(*()&&: "I love you, Mitt.
I'll hire Rollins for you.
We will attack (Gov.) Palin (who helped me) for you."

49 posted on 06/07/2011 6:51:10 PM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Bigtigermike

I believe this shows very poor judgement...Ed Rollins was a CNN republican...that alone should have told her....

His attacking Sarah will hurt Michele


50 posted on 06/07/2011 6:54:08 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now, and in the future)
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