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Ed Rollinsí hire was Michele Bachmannís first campaign mistake
PJ Tatler ^ | June 8, 2011 | Bryan Preston

Posted on 06/08/2011 4:39:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

His hire was also her first real campaign decision. If you’re not up to speed on the story, here’s what’s going on. Rep. Bachmann hired veteran Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins to manage her campaign. Campaign managers have to carry a few qualities, among them toughness, a bit of ruthlessness, communications and fundraising savvy (and there are many qualities packed into those two qualities), and a certain ability to provide useful leadership and simultaneously blend into the background. That last is because, while they manage the campaign, the campaign isn’t about them. It’s about the candidate.

But Ed Rollins tends to overshadow his candidates, and has already done so since Bachmann hired him. He came out swinging this week, declaring that Sarah Palin is not a “serious” person. Whether you agree with that or not, the fact is that Bachmann’s and Palin’s support bases overlap on the issues, and at some point Bachmann will presumably have to depend on Palin supporters. She’ll need them to win the primary, and to win the general if she wins the primary. But if they’re alienated from the start by what they’re hearing from Bachmann’s campaign, they’re less likely to support Bachmann.

Campaign managers are hired to make it easier to win, but Rollins has made it harder for Bachmann to win. And today, he made it harder again by insinuating that Palin isn’t intelligent.

Bachmann will “be so much more substantive [than Palin],” Rollins said. “People are going to say, ‘I gotta make a choice and go with the intelligent woman who’s every bit as attractive.’”

Again, if you want Palin’s base to support your candidate at some point, it’s not a good idea to slam Palin in such personal ways. And it’s especially not a good idea when Rollins has been quoted insinuating that Bachmann herself also is not serious.

Ed Rollins has been among the GOP’s mouthier consultants for a couple of decades, but he’s seldom mouthy in a productive way in the way that, say, James Carville is for the Democrats. Carville is mouthy and annoying to to the right because he consistently attacks the right and finds ways to get under our skin. Carville’s mouth is a targeted weapon most of the time, because contrary to the way he comes off, he’s very disciplined. Rollins isn’t disciplined, and therefore tends to hurt his own side and even his own candidates.

His hire is an indication that Rep. Bachmann may not be all that good a judge of political talent.


TOPICS: Minnesota; Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: bachmann; bachmann4carter; bachmann4romney; bachmannimplosion; bachmannunderbus; backstabberbachmann; backstabberrollins; edrollins; palin; rinobachmann; rinorollins; rollins; rollins4romney; stenchofromney

1 posted on 06/08/2011 4:39:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Her first mistake and its a real beaute....shows her judgement stinks....too bad...


2 posted on 06/08/2011 4:48:23 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This post is right on target. The decision reflects badly on Bachman and probably, all by itself, undoes her campaign. The only choice Bachman has is to fire him soon before he shoots off his mouth again. And that won’t undo the damage Rollins has already done to Michele’s previously solid reputation.


3 posted on 06/08/2011 4:48:36 PM PDT by kentramsay
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mistake? I think not.

We have had enough of that with Obama.

THIS WAS PLANNED by Ms. Bachmann and Rollins.

They are NO LONGER WELCOME.


4 posted on 06/08/2011 4:48:47 PM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good grief. Admit that Rollins was responding to a Palinbot’s contention that Michelle is great, but has no executive experience like Palin.

Michelle made no mistake.


5 posted on 06/08/2011 4:48:53 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I do not fault Rollin’s, he is what he is. I fault Michele; she is responsible for surrounding herself with quality people. She has demonstrated piss poor judgement.


6 posted on 06/08/2011 4:51:18 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again for our justification)
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To: goat granny

Not her first gaffe: http://theiowarepublican.com/home/2011/05/28/bachmann’s-debacle/


7 posted on 06/08/2011 4:51:53 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: SaraJohnson

Rollins is an idiot, never has won an election. For him to respond in a snarky way to Gov Palin’s correct statement is rediculous.


8 posted on 06/08/2011 4:53:32 PM PDT by svcw (Non forgiveness is like holding a hot coal thinking the other person will be blistered)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, it’s been said that Bachmann is a Palin “light”. I kind of agree with that... But if Palin runs, there’s no contest.


9 posted on 06/08/2011 4:55:25 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: SaraJohnson

Okay, then tell us about Rep. Michele Bachmann’s executive experience and contrast it with Gov. Sarah Palin’s.


10 posted on 06/08/2011 4:56:09 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

Actually, the first big mistake I heard she made was supporting the ethanolmsubsidy, an obviously purely political bribe offered to Iowa farmers. This position goes against the very rationale of her candidacy.


11 posted on 06/08/2011 4:56:20 PM PDT by kentramsay
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To: goat granny

MB’s first mistake was selling her political soul to Myth Romney and agreed to dilute Sarah’s support in exchange for the VP slot.


12 posted on 06/08/2011 4:57:23 PM PDT by newfreep (Palin/West 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rollins is so sleazy I wouldn’t be surprised if he was working for the Romney campaign in secret. Hugh mistake Michele.


13 posted on 06/08/2011 5:00:35 PM PDT by McGruff (Ed Rollins. About as a low life as they get.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
ROLLINSED

ROMNEYBACHMANN
14 posted on 06/08/2011 5:00:55 PM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“People are going to say, ‘I gotta make a choice and go with the intelligent woman who’s every bit as attractive.’”

Incredible statement, he just denigrated Palin, Bachmann, the voters, and especially Republican voters, or at least any that he considers simpleton enough (to him evidently) to vote for either of the skirts, (which is probably his type jargon).

I think he doesn't like females in politics.

15 posted on 06/08/2011 5:05:05 PM PDT by ansel12 (Bachmann/Rollins/Romney=destruction for Bachmann, but it sure helps Romney. WHY?)
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To: SaraJohnson
Michelle made no mistake.

True, Michelle pulled out her checkbook, called the infamous Ed Rollins, and special ordered this attack.

16 posted on 06/08/2011 5:08:32 PM PDT by ansel12 (Bachmann/Rollins/Romney=destruction for Bachmann, but it sure helps Romney. WHY?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

agree.


17 posted on 06/08/2011 5:17:01 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (You do not have to smear (Pharaoh / Imam / BigEars) Obama w/ lies....the truth does a fine job. :)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I checked in all day just to see if Bachmann had made any statements or taken any actions. Nothing.

Her silence tells me she approves of Rollins statements.
That being the case gives us more insight into who this former Jimmy Carter campaign worker and three term Congresswoman is.

Of all people, Gretchen Carlson, a morning Fox News anchor, used to have Bachmann as her babysitter back in the 70’s. Carlson has said she doesn't believe Bachmann is running for President, but rather Vice President. I guess we now know whom she wants to run with.

Off topic, but Palin’s strategy of waiting to declare might be another brilliant political move. In the past three weeks, we have witnessed three Presidential candidates shoot themselves in the foot. Romney (Mr. Global Warming), Gingrich (the anti-Ryan) and now Bachmann. At this rate, by the time Palin declares, there might be no one left to run against.

18 posted on 06/08/2011 5:19:00 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: Diogenesis
THIS WAS PLANNED by Ms. Bachmann and Rollins.

Nonsense.

Bachmann knows (as the article points out) that her base overlaps -- in fact, is the same as -- Palin's. The last thing she wants or needs is a feud with the Palin camp.

To think otherwise is to call her stupid -- which is, interestingly enough, just what Palin's detractors call her.

19 posted on 06/08/2011 5:21:33 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: svcw

Really. I was wondering what his record was. Thanks.


20 posted on 06/08/2011 5:23:53 PM PDT by Brucifer (Proud member of the Double Secret Reloading Underground.)
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To: newfreep
MB’s first mistake was selling her political soul to Myth Romney and agreed to dilute Sarah’s support in exchange for the VP slot.

Up until this fiasco, I would have panned that as tin hat fodder

.. but today it's as plain as the nose on your face.....

Extremely disappointed in MB

21 posted on 06/08/2011 5:25:37 PM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: BfloGuy
Bachmann knows (as the article points out) that her base overlaps -- in fact, is the same as -- Palin's. The last thing she wants or needs is a feud with the Palin camp.

Did you hear what Rollins said or you just playing possum ?

You actually think Palin camp would not respond after being called out by Rollins ?

22 posted on 06/08/2011 5:31:03 PM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: BfloGuy

Call the RINO, Backstabber, Carter-poser, Bachmann
ANYTHING you want. She is toast on this site.
Bachmann slept with Romney and Rollins
and got the fatal infection they planned for her.
Stupid? NO JUDGMENT SHE HAS.


23 posted on 06/08/2011 5:58:51 PM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This speaks of serious judgement issues on the part of Bachmann. If he’s not gone soon her chances will be.


24 posted on 06/08/2011 6:19:03 PM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah Palin stands by, waits and watches as another potential opponent implodes.

Bachmann’s actions are especially despicable as Sarah Palin attracted over 10,000 people to a rally in the Twin Cities.

Hint Michele: They didn't show up to see you.

25 posted on 06/08/2011 6:45:14 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rollins should have also known better than to make a comparison of the ladys’ looks.


26 posted on 06/08/2011 6:51:47 PM PDT by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

... and perhaps her last. I need to go back into the archives and see what we posted about that jerk right after McCain’s crash and burn.


27 posted on 06/08/2011 7:29:54 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (They think "just because she's right on every damn issue doesn't give her enough credibility.")
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To: Rational Thought

You mean other than Rudy Giuliani? [snort!]


28 posted on 06/08/2011 8:06:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: Diogenesis

“Call the RINO, Backstabber, Carter-poser, Bachmann
ANYTHING you want. She is toast on this site.
Bachmann slept with Romney and Rollins
and got the fatal infection they planned for her.
Stupid? NO JUDGMENT SHE HAS.”

Awfully harsh words there dufus when the whole story is yet to come out. Awfully presumptious on your part to assert you speak for all Freepers too! Are you an idiot?

JC


29 posted on 06/08/2011 11:43:15 PM PDT by cracker45
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To: Diogenesis

“Call the RINO, Backstabber, Carter-poser, Bachmann
ANYTHING you want. She is toast on this site.
Bachmann slept with Romney and Rollins
and got the fatal infection they planned for her.
Stupid? NO JUDGMENT SHE HAS.”

Awfully harsh words there dufus when the whole story is yet to come out. Awfully presumptious on your part to assert you speak for all Freepers too! Are you an idiot?

JC


30 posted on 06/08/2011 11:43:31 PM PDT by cracker45
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