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Bachmann campaign manager rips Palin: She 'has not been serious' (Ed Rollins, naturally!)
The Daily Caller ^ | June 7, 2011 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 06/07/2011 9:42:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

This could be some of the early shots in the contest for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

On Tuesday’s “Kilmeade and Friends” on the Fox News Radio network, former Huckabee campaign manager Ed Rollins, who signed up with potential presidential candidate Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann on Monday, explained why he decided to join the Bachmann camp.

“Well I’m going to work for Michele Bachmann if she runs,” Rollins said. “That’s the one that intrigues me the most at this point and I think to a certain extent she’s articulate, she’s a conservative. She’s got a great story to tell. She’s on the Intelligence Committee. You know, she’s unknown to the national audience, but she’ll become known and that’s the candidacy that I’m going to work for if she runs.”

But Rollins, with his own history of playing offense in presidential campaigns, took a few shots at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who could be a potential rival for Bachmann.

“Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years,” Rollins said. “She got the vice-presidential thing handed to her. She didn’t go to work in the sense of trying gain more substance. She gave up her governorship. You know, I think Michele Bachmann and others have worked hard. She has been a leader of the Tea Party, which is a very important element here. She’s an attorney, done extraordinary things with family values and what have you. So I think she will connect. She’s a great, great communicator and I would say in the race right [now] today, she is probably the best communicator.”

(AUDIO AT LINK)


TOPICS: Minnesota; Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: bachmann; congress; edrollins; michelebachmann; minnesota; palin; romneystalkinghorse; sarahpalin; teaparty; teapartyrebellion
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To: gov_bean_ counter

If you’re saying *FIGHT LIKE A GIRL*, Sarah already said that....LOL.

Trouble is, Rollins fights like a lamestream democrat, and he’s going to be sorry because his client is going to pay a high price.


101 posted on 06/07/2011 1:20:16 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: onyx

Alas, I must now change my tagline. (sigh)

Stay tuned.


102 posted on 06/07/2011 1:23:12 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Palin-Bachmann Overdrive 2012 - takin' care o' business!)
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To: alstewartfan
I think that she has listened to the CW, and is betting that Sarah will not run.

Without Palin's endorsement in the primaries, what are the chances Bachmann could secure the nomination? Slim.

Attacking Palin is not the way to secure her endorsement. It smacks more of a scorched earth policy: if I go down, everyone else is going down with me.

103 posted on 06/07/2011 1:23:12 PM PDT by Brookhaven (Herman Cain knows math, computers, pizza, money, hamburgers, banking, and Coca-Cola)
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To: ejdrapes

Until the demand for Sarah’s List increased last year,

My tagline used to read:

Sarah/Michele 2012.

I thought it was time to give estrogen a chance.


104 posted on 06/07/2011 1:24:09 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: RINOs suck

>>> He did something similar when he took over Huckabee’s campaign and attacked Rush Limbaugh. >>>

Yep, and Huckster joined in with those attacks, and threw Hannity in there too. So we’ll see whether MB doubles down on this awfu awful display of poor judgement or if she reverses her decision. I like MB in congress, but she is not ready IMO for the big job.


105 posted on 06/07/2011 1:27:11 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker Columnist / Rush ghost contributor)
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To: onyx
I guess Gov. Palin isn't nuanced enough for the beltway intelligentsia. To suggest that she doesn't know how the world works (like K-hammer has done before) suggests that she believes her core principles cannot and will not be compromised. However, the really smart people know principles are for show and a more “studied, serious” candidate knows these principles have to be pliable.
106 posted on 06/07/2011 1:30:39 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: RedMDer

Me, too. I was actually having trouble sleeping at night wondering if Michele’s entry into the race would make Sarah’s entry considerably more difficult.

This is a GAME-CHANGER! I’ll sleep well tonight knowing that Michele (via Rollins) has just inadvertently removed whatever obstacle MIGHT have remained to Sarah’s decision to run.

As Sarah said: “GAME ON!”


107 posted on 06/07/2011 1:32:42 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Palin-Bachmann Overdrive 2012 - takin' care o' business!)
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To: LaybackLenny

Tagline change.


108 posted on 06/07/2011 1:35:13 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Palin-________ Overdrive 2012 - takin' care o' business!)
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To: ejdrapes
I have to laugh at those who were probably never with Bachmann (e.g. many Palin supporters) now saying they’ve changed their mind in Bachmann. I think what Rolling said was stupid and I hope Bachmann tells him to shut it. Unless he’s not on her payroll until she announces?

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He may not yet be on her payroll, but he's clearly working for her.

How do you know how many Palin supporters were "probably never with Bachmann"?

109 posted on 06/07/2011 1:35:39 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Brookhaven

I think now they see the writing on the wall that Sarah IS running, and their strategy for dealing with her is obviously disastrous.


110 posted on 06/07/2011 1:39:13 PM PDT by alstewartfan (When you're fresh out of lawyers, you don't know how good it's gonna feel! Al Stewart)
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To: onyx

I was willing to keep an open mind about Bachmann. But so far, the only one who has stumbled worse out the gate has been Newtie. I don’t see how Bachmann thinks she can win with such a strategy.


111 posted on 06/07/2011 1:39:40 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Michele, hiring Rollins will prove to be one big bad ass mistake. From now on, every word Rollins utters about Palin, we will know it has been approved by you. And if you claim otherwise Michele, we will then know you have no control over your own campaign, or, you are a liar.


112 posted on 06/07/2011 1:40:08 PM PDT by Sea Parrot
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To: trisham; ejdrapes
How do you know how many Palin supporters were "probably never with Bachmann"?

I think a lot of Palin supporters would have been willing to go with Bachmann. But this gives them considerable pause.

Bachmann seems willing to throw Palin under the bus. Except that it's Palin's bus and Bachmann is the one more likely to end up under there. With Rollins tied to the hood like a deer.

113 posted on 06/07/2011 1:43:01 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy
I think a lot of Palin supporters would have been willing to go with Bachmann. But this gives them considerable pause.

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I might have, if Sarah chose not to run or if she chose Bachmann as VP. My first choice is Sarah.

114 posted on 06/07/2011 1:46:24 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: onyx; All

I just checked Drudge and could find nothing regarding a reaction from Bachmann. I’m surprised.


115 posted on 06/07/2011 1:48:30 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Virtually all Palin supporters have admired Bachmann. This is going to be MB’s downfall.


116 posted on 06/07/2011 1:49:31 PM PDT by alstewartfan (When you're fresh out of lawyers, you don't know how good it's gonna feel! Al Stewart)
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To: dirtboy
I actually liked Michele Bachmann for Sarah Palin's VP, with full knowledge that two women would be a long shot!

Of course I wanted to see Bachmann in the debates and also the lamestream's treatment of her to watch whether she was shredded during the primaries.

If not, then we would know that were she named, all hell would break loose, since indications of the dirt have already surfaced.

Now I'm looking at West for Sarah's VP. :)

117 posted on 06/07/2011 1:54:29 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: trisham

She hired him and she either has no control over him or she stands by everything he said.

Either way that makes her too weak or aligned with him or vice versa.

Usually the candidate calls the shots.


118 posted on 06/07/2011 1:57:48 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: onyx

I like what I see here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_West_(politician)

This concerns me:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2722786/posts?page=28#28


119 posted on 06/07/2011 2:01:30 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: onyx

Agreed.


120 posted on 06/07/2011 2:02:25 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Just a guess. Same as those guessing Bachmann is a stalking horse for Romney or wants to be on a ticket with him.


121 posted on 06/07/2011 2:10:51 PM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: dirtboy

She doesn’t think she can win, never thought she could win.She’s not that stupid. She is in this race to help defeat Sarah Palin and for whatever carrot Romney has dangled under her nose for doing it.


122 posted on 06/07/2011 2:14:32 PM PDT by curth (Organize4Palin.com - NOW IS THE TIME)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I’ll have to come clean and admit I’ve always had reservations about Bachmann. In my gut, she’s always reminded me of Bob Barr—who was a local guy that let his ego get the best of him and melted down in his primary race with John Linder.

Barr jumped districts, thinking he could defeat a sitting GOP congressman John Linder in the primary. His initial theme was “John & I hold the same positions, so you should vote for me, because I’m a step up from Linder”. When that didn’t work, he went negative against Linder. When that didn’t work, he went nasty—running ads that were clearly outright lies against Linder, and making nasty verbal attacks in speeches that made you wonder “who is this guy, and did I ever really know him?”

Barr lost anyway, but he exposed himself as having a huge ego and a pretty slimy underside.

It may not be fair to compare Bachmann to Barr, but at this point in her career she strikes me as being errily similar to Barr in the mid-90s when he was leading the Clinton impeachment effort.


123 posted on 06/07/2011 2:20:23 PM PDT by Brookhaven (Herman Cain knows math, computers, pizza, money, hamburgers, banking, and Coca-Cola)
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To: onyx

>> She hired him and she either has no control over him or she stands by everything he said. Either way that makes her too weak or aligned with him or vice versa. Usually the candidate calls the shots.>>

You are right, and yesterday some MB fans were saying it didn’t matter what Rollins believed, that he was simply a guy to raise money and handle logistics and so on. But as we see, yes, philosophy matters with campaign managers. These are not behind the scenes perfunctory positions. They are part of the messaging machine and that includes positioning yourself against opponents.


124 posted on 06/07/2011 2:25:40 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker Columnist / Rush ghost contributor)
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To: trisham; All

How do you know she hasn’t privately admonished him? I checked a number of conservative blows (NRO, Townhall, Red State, American Thinker, American Spectator, Powerline, Commentary, etc.) and none of them are reporting on this. I don’t see it on Drudge’s site either. I’ve primarily seen it reported on Politico and Daily Caller - both known for pot stirring and neither fans of Bachmann or Palin. Why make a public apology or admonishment if the majority if the public isn’t even aware Rollins made these comments? Heck most people probably don’t even know who Ed Rollins is or that he works for Bachmann. That wasn’t widley reported either.


125 posted on 06/07/2011 2:29:14 PM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: curth
She doesn’t think she can win, never thought she could win.She’s not that stupid. She is in this race to help defeat Sarah Palin and for whatever carrot Romney has dangled under her nose for doing it.

Yep, I think that maybe Romney has promised MB the VP slot. Mitt needs the Tea Party support and MB would be his way to get it.

Mitt is a total slime. He is definitely pulling out ALL the stops to destroy Sarah. Sarah is enemy #1 to Mitt and his idiot supporters.

126 posted on 06/07/2011 2:30:33 PM PDT by sand88 (Sarah Palin announces her run: August 12, 2011 11:10am ET)
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To: ejdrapes

Oops meant to say blogs not blows. Stupid phone.


127 posted on 06/07/2011 2:31:21 PM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: ejdrapes
How do you know she hasn’t privately admonished him?

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If it's a private conversation, exactly how would I know?

128 posted on 06/07/2011 2:31:21 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Of course we wouldn’t. That’s my point. Bachmann very well may have told him to keep his mouth shut and we’ll never hear about it.


129 posted on 06/07/2011 3:16:54 PM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Crossed Michele of my list.


130 posted on 06/07/2011 3:19:22 PM PDT by Fledermaus (As long as John Boehner is Speaker, conservatives are screwed. He's a coward and a crybaby.)
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To: All

Hugh Hewitt just spanked Bachmann on his show. But then he quickly pivoted to Romney beating Obama. He’s a Romney stooge who thinks his comments on global warming were smart.


131 posted on 06/07/2011 3:24:04 PM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: ejdrapes; All
I checked a number of conservative blows (NRO, Townhall, Red State, American Thinker, American Spectator, Powerline, Commentary, etc.) and none of them are reporting on this.

Human Events has it...

Palin v. Bachmann?

132 posted on 06/07/2011 3:24:35 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: ejdrapes
I have to laugh at those who were probably never with Bachmann (e.g. many Palin supporters) now saying they’ve changed their mind in Bachmann.

You would do well to take a step back and look at what is at stake here. I don't support Michele Bachmann for President and never have. However, I have supported Michele Bachmann financially in the past several elections for her congressional seat.

Either she straightens this situation out or I'll no longer support her. Period. I doubt I am alone in that. I was already disenchanted with her recent waffles, but this is beyond the pale.

133 posted on 06/07/2011 3:25:19 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Fascism is nothing but moderate communism.)
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To: ejdrapes

Well, thanks for the update.


134 posted on 06/07/2011 3:34:28 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ejdrapes

Word is getting around about this and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Mark Levin weigh in on it.

If she doesn’t know how to properly handle this situation, then that disqualifies her right there as far as I’m concerned.


135 posted on 06/07/2011 3:35:37 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Fascism is nothing but moderate communism.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

what waffles?


136 posted on 06/07/2011 3:42:52 PM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

it depends if it becomes a big deal or not. as I said up thread most conservative blogs haven’t reported it. it doesn’t mean they won’t, just that they haven’t yet. in fact it wasn’t widely reported that he was going to work for her. if I was bachmann I would privately take him to the woodshed or fire him but I don’t know that she needs to say anything publicly right now.


137 posted on 06/07/2011 3:51:13 PM PDT by ejdrapes ("Trump is NO conservative." - Jim Robinson)
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To: Sea Parrot; onyx
Michele, hiring Rollins will prove to be one big bad ass mistake. From now on, every word Rollins utters about Palin, we will know it has been approved by you. And if you claim otherwise Michele, we will then know you have no control over your own campaign, or, you are a liar.

Way back in Jan or Feb, some Bachmann staffer had bad words for Sarah that was reported on FR. I remember that because before then I supported both of them but my esteem for Michele plummeted after that. I spent some time this p.m. trying to find the post with no luck.

Unless she boots Rollins, Michelle is out of it as far as my support is concerned.

138 posted on 06/07/2011 4:05:57 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: ejdrapes

She’s being cagey on ethanol and she didn’t take a stand on the Patriot Act.


139 posted on 06/07/2011 4:14:20 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Fascism is nothing but moderate communism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“and I think to a certain extent she’s articulate, she’s a conservative”

That’s a resounding endorsement if I ever heard one Ed.


140 posted on 06/07/2011 4:45:45 PM PDT by tinamina
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bachmann is getting reamed on her Facebook page for Ed’s intellectual diarrhea.


141 posted on 06/07/2011 4:47:43 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Everyone needs to call, fax or e-mail her people to show thir displeasure.


142 posted on 06/07/2011 5:02:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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

143 posted on 06/07/2011 6:54:27 PM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Diogenesis

So Michele wants to be the vice president, is that it?


144 posted on 06/07/2011 7:07:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: sillsfan

I can even boil it down to simpler terms....The idea that she even considered running against Sarah Palin shows such poor judgment!

I lost all respect for her the moment that she reached that conclusion, long before she hired Ed R


145 posted on 06/07/2011 8:35:26 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT...PALIN/HOLTZ 2012)
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To: dools0007world

my opinion of MB declined the moment I heard her say basically, that running against Sarah Palin was no big deal.

The idea that she even entertained at any point running against Gov Palin, shows she does not have the good judgment to be President.


146 posted on 06/07/2011 8:38:57 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT...PALIN/HOLTZ 2012)
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To: Friendofgeorge

I’m not counting Bachmann out over the long haul. There are still too many conservative politicians who’re slow to understand the tried and failed past GOP election tactics have been replaced by a different dynamic set. Perhaps Backmann will see the error of her ways eventually.

Real conservative voters are in the driver’s seat now. We will not vote for RINOs or libertarians. The Rove-Bush campaigns were focused on attacking Bush’s opponents. We really learned very little about Bush’s political philosophies. All we got were were vague conservative platitudes. We heard nothing about his and his father’s “New World Order” nonsensense.

Not gonna go down that road again. The conservative candidate must declare his/her political objectives and policies. Let the demrat live or die attacking that. He or she surely cannot prevail on a Marxist platform.


147 posted on 06/08/2011 5:13:28 AM PDT by dools0007world
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To: onyx

Way too much is made of hormones. I give you Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher and Joan d’Arc.

Intellect, assuming there is any, will trump hormones everytime.


148 posted on 06/08/2011 5:17:10 AM PDT by dools0007world
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She'd better let him go or get him back on the reservation, pronto! ....

Absolutely! He was a very poor choice for Michele. He is too much of a (losing) loose cannon to be Rollins around on the deck of her ship without a tight fitting muzzle. He will personally tank her run for the WH.

149 posted on 06/08/2011 5:24:32 AM PDT by Ron H.
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To: Grunthor
Thank you for your service!!!

I had a few minutes to kill, so I took a quick look at your participation in Palin threads, and quite often this was what I found.

You do not like listening to her for more than a few moments at a time.

You were almost offended by the idea that a pollster had her out front. You went into some detail how you found this troubling.

As I said thank you for your service, but your support or half baked support of Sarah does not come across as genuine, at least to me.

On another thread you seem to be in agreement with well known poster with initials RH.

Really anybody today that says they are a big supporter of Palin, yet likes MB better has to be suspect to me, especially with the MB camp bashing of Sarah, btw this did not just begin with Ed Rollins, but has been going on for months.

150 posted on 06/11/2011 7:37:47 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT...PALIN/HOLTZ 2012)
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