Skip to comments.Standing in the Shadows of Palin (Hollow attempt to shore-up Rep. Michele Bachmann)
Posted on 06/09/2011 10:49:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
I feel a certain sympathy for Michele Bachmann and if it came out that she ordered Ed Rollins to launch that premtive strike against Sarah Palin (or at least agree to it), I wouldnt blame her.
The fact that Ed Rollins is leading her campaign is evidence that Bachmann is serious about making a go for the nomination. Up until this point Palin is still relying on sycophantic amateurs for serious political advice. There is no certainty that Palin is even running yet (although I'm thinking she will).
If I were Michele Bachmann, I would be very resentful of Palin's game (the bus tour that isn't a campaign tour, whether she will get in or not). I would be downright furious about Sarah Palin being considered the face of the tea party. Did Sarah Palin stick her political neck out to give a separate tea party response to President Obama's State of the Union Address, drawing the ire of GOP leadership?
No. Michele did.
Yet it's Michele who probably has to look at this when she surfs the far right wing websites:
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Sarah Palin, as Rollins correctly pointed out, had the vice presidential position handed to her in a cynical move to try to boost a failing presidential campaign. The McCain campaign barely even vetted her.
After that campaign, she returned home and, as Rollins reminded us, left the governorship, likely because she wanted to cash in on her celebrity (losing control of the Alaskan Legislature and being buried under ethics investigation after investigation probably did not help). Granted she has campaigned for fellow Republicans, including Bachmann. She also serves as a Fox News news analyst, but this pretty much involves just showing up on Greta Van Susterens show every now and then to answer beyond slow-pitch softball questions from the former attorney.
Yet she has not displayed any significant advance in either her political knowledge or her intellectual gravitas. Sarah Palin simply is not interested in applying herself to anything except promoting the Sarah Palin brand. She wrote couple of books. She starred in a reality TV show. She does the occasional speech when she feels like showing up. Despite all of this, the media that she so despises still touts her name as a contender for the 2012 Republican nomination.
And then there is poor Michelle. Bachmann is the three-time incumbent from the Minnesota 6th Congressional District. It was she who not only went against GOP leadership wishes with her response to the State of the Union address, but also hosted the first Tea Party Caucus and served as one of the founders of the House Tea Party Caucus. This year she sponsored 7 bills in the House of Representatives (including the very wonderfully named Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act) and cosponsored 83 bills.
And Bachmann can do goofy just as well as the former beauty queen from Wasilla. Remember her suggestion to Chris Matthews that the American Media should investigate to see if there were anti-Americans in Congress? What about her heaping praise upon New Hampshire for the battles of Lexington and Concord, both of which occurred in Massachusetts? Or the Founding Fathers of our great land working "tirelessly" until they abolished slavery?
Yet for all this, she is considered a second rate Palin, even though Bachmann has done more for the Tea Party movement than Palin ever will.
It makes no sense at all.
Political knowledge and intellectual gravitas??? Every time she tweets, Obama heads for an bunker at an undisclosed location, and as far as intellectual gravitas, she's smarter than you, Ty! If you want to distinguish between "smart" and "intellectual", fine, but we've had an assload of people elected from the traditional intelligentsia and where has that got us?
These articles are paid by RINOs and Mitt group.
Stop the cat fight now. This is all playing into the hands of Romney and Obama.
Bachman is Newtered. Toast. Done. Over. Campaign D.O.A.
Tell that to Ed and his boss, not Gov. Palin’s supporters.
“Catfight” is insulting, and Palin is not involved in attacking anyone.
Ah, so that’s why Ty wants an intellectual (read “cheek spreading RINO eager to get along with liberals”)
I'm just playing Devil's Advocate, because I know there are reasons for Sarah taking those political positions, but these will be brought up in the primary season, and then again in the general election.
When will Palin get the courage to announce her candidacy?
It isn’t lack of courage, as you call it. This woman has done nothing but display courage for the past 3 years. Where have you been, hiding under a rock?
If she decides to run, then trust me - you and everyone around the world will know it. If she does, it will be at a time and place of her own choosing.
Some people make me sick!
One reason for holding off is the two-year deadline for the AK ankle-biters to finish filing their ethics complaints (July 26th). Expect to see a last-minute flurry of additional bogus complaints.
Another reason for holding off is that each week another GOP pretender's campaign goes face-first into the mud after either they or their staff attack Sarah Palin. It is entertaining to watch.
Another reason for holding off is every other GOP pretender's campaign is being starved for cash, as millions and millions of people are sitting on their cash, waiting for the only viable candidate to announce her candidacy. That is Sarah Palin.
Her campaign contributions in the first month after she announces will blow all the other candidates out of the water (combined).
There are 2 women in the room. One is sitting with a small sword in her hand. The other challenges her with a bigger sword, and quick as a cat can wink its eye - the woman with the larger sword knocks the little sword from the sitting woman’s hand. If Sarah decides to run - MB is toast. Sarah carries the bigger sword.
A sword is symbolic in this analogy.
I like Bachmann a lot, but her decision to hire a moron like Ed Rollins makes me think twice. I wish there was a way to do a voice transplant and implant Bachmann’s chords into Palin’s larynx.
Over-all, I’m leaning Pawlenty (but willing to be persuaded).
Trust me,courage is not the issue. Strategy is. Those that have been paying attention already knows this
Where have you been the last few years, you pretend that we haven’t dealt with those old questions thousands of time, are you slow?
Ed has to go but I don’t think Bachmann or Palin have any problems with each other.
Actually, Palin's record in political office is, overall, pretty impressive. Go back and review it. I can't name a current candidate with stronger positives as a git-'er-done political exec. Makes Obama look like a yapping turd.
Never mind, after looking at your posting history I see that you ask those two questions over and over, at least when you can spare time from defending Mitt Romney.
MB never really had a chance. But you know that the media will try to push for a fight because it makes for an exciting story and conservatives shouldn’t fall for it.
Catfight is insulting, and Palin is not involved in attacking anyone.”
It’s the term the media is using. They want to push for one.
Somebody give the author of this piece a saucer of milk. Meow!
It’s not about courage. She has her own time line and strategy.
Sarah Palin’s political instincts are the envy of everyone.
Just ask the other hopefuls and the lamesteam following her every move, tweet and burp.
That is your post, not the medias.
True. But no matter what it’s called, it has to end. And Bachmann also has to do her part. She has to fire Rollins.
But I would hate to see one of the tea party’s biggest advocates in the House lose support from other conservatives over this incident.
This is what I`d fervently hoped would be avoided: a chasm between Palin and Bachmann. Do they BOTH really have to be in this race and split the conservative primary vote??? The big winner in all this is Romney.
Tyler, you sound like a thoroughbred PIMP of the election industry!
Exactly. It isn’t up to Bachman to decide the strategy Palin uses.
Plus it is working. The media is all over palin, they arent bothered with Bachman. If Sarah does not run bachman should be keeping quiet and hoping she would throw her support to Bachman, not allowing her new Manager to be making snide comments.
Bachman screwed the Pooch when she hired this character.
I don’t believe she can recover. She keeps doing stupid things.
Rather than trying to “boost” Bachmann, it seems more designed to do what the Libs do best; create a gap and put a wedge in to ensure chaos rules.
This is all coming from those who fear being thrown the hell out of government which is what the country needs.
Throw these maggots out, from both sides of the aisle...by the truckload!
Experience in government?
WHERE THE HELL HAS EXPERIENCE IN GOVERNMENT TAKEN US?
The country is insolvent. We are sinking into a severe economic depression. Our country is increasingly viewed as a weakling all over the world.
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They are both toast unless something is done about our open primaries.
I would add if Sarah doesn't run, MB is toast. Most would probably move over to Cain. I know I would.