Skip to comments.Bachmann campaign manager rips Palin: She 'has not been serious' (Ed Rollins, naturally!)
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 Tuesdays 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 Im going to work for Michele Bachmann if she runs, Rollins said. Thats the one that intrigues me the most at this point and I think to a certain extent shes articulate, shes a conservative. Shes got a great story to tell. Shes on the Intelligence Committee. You know, shes unknown to the national audience, but shell become known and thats the candidacy that Im 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 didnt 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. Shes an attorney, done extraordinary things with family values and what have you. So I think she will connect. Shes a great, great communicator and I would say in the race right [now] today, she is probably the best communicator.
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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.
Alas, I must now change my tagline. (sigh)
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.
Until the demand for Sarah’s List increased last year,
My tagline used to read:
I thought it was time to give estrogen a chance.
>>> 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.
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!”
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"?
I think now they see the writing on the wall that Sarah IS running, and their strategy for dealing with her is obviously disastrous.
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.
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.
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.
I might have, if Sarah chose not to run or if she chose Bachmann as VP. My first choice is Sarah.
I just checked Drudge and could find nothing regarding a reaction from Bachmann. I’m surprised.
Virtually all Palin supporters have admired Bachmann. This is going to be MB’s downfall.
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. :)
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.
I like what I see here:
This concerns me:
Just a guess. Same as those guessing Bachmann is a stalking horse for Romney or wants to be on a ticket with him.
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.
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.
>> 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.
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.
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.
Oops meant to say blogs not blows. Stupid phone.
If it's a private conversation, exactly how would I know?
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.
Crossed Michele of my list.
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.
Human Events has it...
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.
Well, thanks for the update.
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.
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.
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.
She’s being cagey on ethanol and she didn’t take a stand on the Patriot Act.
“and I think to a certain extent shes articulate, shes a conservative”
That’s a resounding endorsement if I ever heard one Ed.
Bachmann is getting reamed on her Facebook page for Ed’s intellectual diarrhea.
Everyone needs to call, fax or e-mail her people to show thir displeasure.
Backstabbing &*$%#*(*()&&: "I love you, Mitt.
I'll hire Rollins for you.
We will attack (Gov.) Palin (who helped me) for you."
So Michele wants to be the vice president, is that it?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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