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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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To: Invincibly Ignorant

Me too. I have gone from “generally positive attitude” towards her to “generally negative attitude” towards her, and it is entirely based upon Rollins’ comments.


51 posted on 06/07/2011 6:57:17 PM PDT by ZGuy
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To: Cicero
Its a “Beltway” sickness..... about power and retaining it as a career...not a service to country or a higher calling....once they fit in and uderstand the “system”...Dem or Pubbie...they all get it..even at the lowest levels of State or local...
52 posted on 06/07/2011 6:57:43 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: traderrob6

There’s a phone number for Bachmann campaign headquarters’ answering machine on the other Ed Rollins thread. I just told Michelle what I thought. Call her and let her know what you think.

651-260-4648


53 posted on 06/07/2011 6:59:42 PM PDT by Gargantua ("Palin 2012 ~ Going Oval" ©2010 by Gargantua)
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To: Mariner

I agree 100%, the passion of defending Palin runs deep like one would defend ones own sister or mother or wife! It doesn’t matter what some may feel about what Palins role should be in the future, a lot of people respect her deeply and a attack against her is an attack against them!


54 posted on 06/07/2011 7:02:34 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

Bachman should know better. Even Ross Perot fired Rollins.


55 posted on 06/07/2011 7:05:42 PM PDT by Terry Mross (Only a SECOND party will get my vote.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Bachmann has done a handful of questionable things ever since last November’s election, but it was easy to overlook them, since she still seemed to be a scrappy fighter, going after Obama. But this Ed Rollins hire is just too much to stomach. The guy has been a longstanding dirtbag for ages, and, of all things, on his first day he makes it a priority to go around the media outlets to slime not Obama, but Palin. Reflects horribly on Bachman, quite frankly. I’ve lost a TON of respect for her.


56 posted on 06/07/2011 7:10:31 PM PDT by greene66
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To: KC_Lion

Nice graphic, but I’ve written her off.


57 posted on 06/07/2011 7:10:52 PM PDT by onyx (If you truly like and support Sarah Palin and want on her BUSY Ping List, let me know!)
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To: nolongerademocrat

Mine 3....I didn’t think she was ready for prime time...but i was rooting for her just in case she had the right stuff....Looks like her ego got the best of her..or worse..the elitist RINO establishment did...


58 posted on 06/07/2011 7:19:58 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: Bigtigermike
If Bachmann is condoning these attacks on Palin, then she's dead to me. I'll never support any Republican that attacks Palin. Notice that clowns like Rollins NEVER criticize Palin on the issues. Naw, they bring up the same tired horsecrap about how Palin needs to study more, she's a quitter, etc.

So who's really the "brilliant" political strategist? Here you have a supposedly seasoned political operative, and what does he do. He attacks someone who is not a declared candidate, who again - is supposed to be dumb and a quitter rather than build up his candidate. They know that Palin is a force to be reckoned with.

59 posted on 06/07/2011 7:22:45 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2012)
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To: Bigtigermike
If Bachmann is condoning these attacks on Palin, then she's dead to me. I'll never support any Republican that attacks Palin. Notice that clowns like Rollins NEVER criticize Palin on the issues. Naw, they bring up the same tired horsecrap about how Palin needs to study more, she's a quitter, etc.

So who's really the "brilliant" political strategist? Here you have a supposedly seasoned political operative, and what does he do. He attacks someone who is not a declared candidate, who again - is supposed to be dumb and a quitter rather than build up his candidate. They know that Palin is a force to be reckoned with.

60 posted on 06/07/2011 7:22:49 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2012)
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To: Bigtigermike

As soon as I heard Ed was involved I knew she was in trouble. He only does one thing and that’s attack. It doesn’t take any brains or ingenuity to attack look at Democrats. If Bauchman doesn’t get rid of him asap she will be finished by July. Too bad, a Bauchman/Palin ticket would have been hard to beat as would a Cain/Palin or Bauchman ticket


61 posted on 06/07/2011 7:24:52 PM PDT by RMFC
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

thanks for posting that Facebook link.

i hope all of her supporters realizes that Rollins opinions about Sarah were known to Bachmann long before she hired him.
...so hiring Rollins shows impossibly poor judgement by her.
especially when Rollins wrote this about Palin 6 months ago!

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/12/01/rollins.palin/index.html?hpt=T2
Palin, I knew Reagan. You’re no Reagan.
By Ed Rollins, Senior Political Contributor
December 2, 2010 — Updated 0453 GMT (1253 HKT)


62 posted on 06/07/2011 7:25:53 PM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: Bigtigermike

As soon as I heard Ed was involved I knew she was in trouble. He only does one thing and that’s attack. It doesn’t take any brains or ingenuity to attack look at Democrats. If Bachmann doesn’t get rid of him asap she will be finished by July. Too bad, a Bachmann/Palin ticket would have been hard to beat as would a Cain/Palin or Bachmann ticket


63 posted on 06/07/2011 7:26:17 PM PDT by RMFC
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To: abb
your post is worth repeating...I'm starting to be convinced that the only difference between Dems and the elitist establishment RINO Pubies is that the Dems race down the tubes quicker..
64 posted on 06/07/2011 7:30:35 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: The Wizard

I was never a fan of MB from the get go. I don’t know why, but, there was something about her that didn’t set well with me. Now, I know. She needs to stay in the House and forget any presidential aspirations. She certainly wouldn’t get my vote.

That stupid poll on BOR is just stupid. I think most of his audience is made up of libs anyway.


65 posted on 06/07/2011 7:46:18 PM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Bigtigermike

No. Michelle needs to win Iowa or she’s toast. To do that she needs Huck’s network. Ed Rollins is the guy that can deliver that.

Unfortunately Rollins has a great deal of baggage. That is fine if you keep that kind of person on a tight leash. Michelle isn’t doing that. She should have told him from the get go to STFU and get her votes, let her handle message and media.

Why she is letting him do interviews is beyond me.


66 posted on 06/07/2011 7:49:35 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Bigtigermike
Also, it's obvious the Establishment GOP has picked Romney and Bachmann's job is to siphon right wing votes from Palin.

Bachmann will be rewarded somehow, someway.

The GOP is hell bent on stopping Palin and they are willing to pull out all stops to do so. George Will opened with the "Daisy Ad" and now Rollins "She not serious and she's a quitter".

What they do not see and recognize is that if they sh!t on Palin, they lose for sure.

From the top of the ticket all the way down to dog catcher. All of them.

At least 50% of the GOP base would stay home. Count on it.

67 posted on 06/07/2011 7:51:53 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: greene66

Michelle has “Weinered” herself...she made a bad decision and has shot herself in the foot with the Rollins pick....She can fire him and maybe keep 2/3 of her support or keep him and lose 3/4 or more of it...either way...she’s shown herself and stepped on her “Weiner”....


68 posted on 06/07/2011 7:56:24 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: Gargantua
I called that number and left a message with my phone #..
at 10:13 p.m. I received a return call from a campaign worker who said she has apologized for Mr. Rollins remarks...
has anyone else heard this?

hope that # was legit.

69 posted on 06/07/2011 7:56:37 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: Bigtigermike
Good ole' Ed has brought about the demise of more than one hopeful.

Too bad about Kilmeade entertaining a Palin basher (isn't Palin an FNC "contributor"?????)

70 posted on 06/07/2011 7:57:21 PM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: Gargantua
I called that number and left a message with my phone #..
at 10:13 p.m. I received a return call from a campaign worker who said she has apologized for Mr. Rollins remarks...
has anyone else heard this?

hope that # was legit.

71 posted on 06/07/2011 7:59:25 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: haircutter
excuse the double post..my computer or FR is running veryyyyyyyyyyyy slow tonight!!!
carole
72 posted on 06/07/2011 8:02:11 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: Bigtigermike
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!

I am convinced the slimy Mitt is behind this. Rollins is a unprincipled RINO hack. Romney has likely promised MB the VP slot in exchange for muddying the conservative/Tea Party side.

Bachmann will not get much traction at all. Once Sarah announces, it's over her. Romney is pulling out all the stops trying to bring down Sarah. He will fail.

73 posted on 06/07/2011 8:02:49 PM PDT by sand88 (Sarah Palin announces her run: August 12, 2011 11:10am ET)
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To: Bigtigermike

>>> Michele Bachmann’s First Big Mistake - Hiring Ed Rollins

Oh absolutely. Why would any serious politician want the assistance of people who know politics. Surely o’Donnell’s campaign manager would have been preferable instead.


74 posted on 06/07/2011 8:06:15 PM PDT by tlb
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To: Terry Mross

“Even” Ross Perot?


75 posted on 06/07/2011 8:07:25 PM PDT by ngat
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To: Terry Mross

“Even” Ross Perot?


76 posted on 06/07/2011 8:07:35 PM PDT by ngat
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To: tlb

Ed Rollins is a loser in campaigns *a kiss of death*....The 84’ Reagan campaign was already leaning in Reagan’s way, so that doesn’t count necessarily for Rollins


77 posted on 06/07/2011 8:09:36 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: haircutter

I just did a search and nothing came up so if she apologized she whispered it.


78 posted on 06/07/2011 8:09:40 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Do the damage and apologize later.


79 posted on 06/07/2011 8:14:31 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
If Bachmann is condoning these attacks on Palin, then she's dead to me. I'll never support any Republican that attacks Palin.

Well stated EEE. Sarah is one of us. An attack on Sarah is an attack on regular Americans.

Sarah doesn't have one iota of elitism. The arrogant elitists of both parties know damn well that Sarah is the biggest threat to their parasitic existence.

I am convinced the slimball Mitt is behind this. He and his staff have been plotting since Nov08 the path to power. Mitts knows clearly if he can't take Sarah out, he has no chance.

80 posted on 06/07/2011 8:18:44 PM PDT by sand88 (Sarah Palin announces her run: August 12, 2011 11:10am ET)
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To: RMFC
"If Bauchman doesn’t get rid of him asap she will be finished by July"

She's finished now. Her campaign is over, just like Gingrich.

81 posted on 06/07/2011 8:18:59 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner
The “Quiter” sh!t pi$$3$ me off more than anything. You have be be corrupt or stupid to not understand the context of her resignation. Will is corrupt. He is disingenuously pushing an agenda under the guise of “political commentary”. I have no use for him.
82 posted on 06/07/2011 8:20:05 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: Moorings

Well if people see the movie “Undefeated” it will be Bachmann that suffers damage. Looks like the woman (Bachmann) is “tone deaf” and lacks leadership qualities.


83 posted on 06/07/2011 8:20:20 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW
I just did a search and nothing came up so if she apologized she whispered it.

If the apology didn't contain the firing of Rollins, there is no apology.

84 posted on 06/07/2011 8:21:34 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun; haircutter

I agree. Did you see post 71? Sounds like somebody lied.


85 posted on 06/07/2011 8:24:14 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Rollins probably told her to hang in there tight and he will bring home the bacon. Probably told her as long as she does not say anything, she can always blame Rollins for acting alone. In an earlier thread, someone posted that one of her campaign persons said that Rollins was speaking independently as a media analyst.


86 posted on 06/07/2011 8:27:45 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: Moorings
In an earlier thread, someone posted that one of her campaign persons said that Rollins was speaking independently as a media analyst.

I saw that too. Bunk. He works for her.

87 posted on 06/07/2011 8:31:30 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW
I don't know what Michele hopes to accomplish with this tactic. Sarah Palin has been attacked with all kinds of real and imagined accusations from all directions for three years now, and she is still standing.

Does Michele think she is going to be able scrape off a enough supporters who have stuck with Sarah all these years?

88 posted on 06/07/2011 8:39:04 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: Bigtigermike

MB is behaving like a tramp, yes I said it...She should just come out and say she is not running!


89 posted on 06/07/2011 8:42:49 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT...PALIN/HOLTZ 2012)
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To: Moorings
I don't know what she's thinking either but the silence isn't helping her. If she sent Rollins out then she's a nasty piece of work. If he's saying this on his own and Bachmann can't control him then she's not Presidential material.

I have to sign off for tonight. Have a good one.

90 posted on 06/07/2011 8:43:02 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Goodnight! Sleep well.


91 posted on 06/07/2011 8:45:53 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
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.

I've been looking for a link (FR or otherwise) to that all afternoon. Do you have one?

I remembered reading it about that time and was reminded of it when pit bull Rollins went after Sarah with a vengeance. The fact that she allows her staff to attack one who supported her reelection last fall says volumes about Michele's loyalty. She may have believed she had nothing to lose by hiring Rollins. How wrong that decision will turn out to be.

92 posted on 06/07/2011 8:47:57 PM PDT by CedarDave (I agree with Obama's immigration comments in El Paso: We do need moats filled with alligators)
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To: sand88

I guess I just don’t understand Bachmann’s motives here. Now’s not the time to be jealous or try to boost one’s ego. We got a corrupt President and administration to dismantle, and it’s not going to happen if conservatives are sniping at the one candidate who’s in a prime position to make this happen.


93 posted on 06/07/2011 8:51:44 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2012)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Supposedly, a Bachmann aid told somebody who called to complain that Michele called Sarah and apologized for Rollins remarks - we shall see if this is true, we have to see at least some kind of statement from Michele herself on this matter tomorrow and not 3 or 4 days later.


94 posted on 06/07/2011 9:11:39 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: traderrob6

For comments, can contact Team Bachmann here: http://www.michelebachmann.com/contact/

Or email here: info@michelebachmann.com <info@michelebachmann.com


95 posted on 06/07/2011 9:19:05 PM PDT by Sea Parrot
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To: haircutter
"...hope that # was legit..."

Ummm, the voice of Michelle asking for volunteers for her capmaign wasn't enough confirmation for you? Campaign staffers calling back didn't convince you?

Wow. You're a tough sell.

WTF?!

;^\

96 posted on 06/07/2011 9:24:43 PM PDT by Gargantua ("Palin 2012 ~ Going Oval" ©2010 by Gargantua)
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To: Friendofgeorge

Michele, Michele, we hardly knew ye. After seeing what Rollins’ said about Sarah Palin yesterday on Fox and then today on Crissy the spitter, I have just lost tremendous respect for her.

Hiring Rollins will prove to be one big bad ass mistake by her. From now on, every snarky word Rollins utters about Palin, we will know it has been approved by her. And if she claims otherwise, we will then know she has no control over her own campaign, or, she is a liar.

For comments, can contact Team Bachmann here: http://www.michelebachmann.com/contact/

Or email here: info@michelebachmann.com <info@michelebachmann.com


97 posted on 06/07/2011 9:26:18 PM PDT by Sea Parrot
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To: Bigtigermike

Ed Rollins.

Cheers!

98 posted on 06/07/2011 10:16:59 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Had Rollins never opened his mouth, I’d still question her judgement just for hiring him.

That goes double now. One of the things I’ve been proud of about Bachmann has been the fact that she has avoided criticizing Palin, and Palin has avoided criticizing her. The fact that potential rivals could see one another as allies in the bigger picture, I thought, spoke well of both of them.

She ought to have stuck with that practice; it gave her a kind of grace that she has just lost, thanks to Rollins. Rollins is poison, and she should know that.


99 posted on 06/07/2011 10:59:08 PM PDT by marron
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To: CedarDave
I've been looking for a link (FR or otherwise) to that all afternoon. Do you have one?

The link is long buried and I didn't bookmark it for some reason. However, C4P's posting forum lit up like a ammo explosion once the reports about MB's treachery suddenly came in. I remember it well.

100 posted on 06/08/2011 3:00:50 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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