Skip to comments.Stars collide: Michele Bachmann vs. Sarah Palin
Posted on 06/08/2011 4:46:53 AM PDT by Hawk720
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... Ed Rollins, dismissed Palin as not serious in a radio interview.
He suggested in an interview with POLITICO that Bachmann would profit from the contrast.
Bachmann will be so much more substantive, Rollins said. People are going to say, I gotta make a choice and go with the intelligent woman whos every bit as attractive.
Im not afraid of Palin, he said, adding the strategy would have been the same for Mike Huckabee.
Bachmann has been laying the groundwork for this argument for months, stepping away from some of the more dramatic rhetoric that brought her to prominence in the heady, early days of the Tea Party movement, and making a case more focused on the nuts and bolts of policy and on the unabashed social conservatism that has served many candidates well in they key early state of Iowa. She has been tightening her focus as Palin offers herself as an increasingly high-profile, if unfocused, cultural celebrity with an East Coast bus tour last week and a laudatory new movie set for release.
Aides to Palin didnt respond to inquiries about Rollins comments, but a writer on the blog that serves as her supporters main voice, Conservatives4Palin, demanded that the Minnesota congresswoman either affirm her support for the long-time beltway fossils idiotic comments or refudiate them.
While Bachmann may find some advantages in a contrast with Palin, its an approach that could easily backfire. Palin remains broadly popular with the conservative voters who will decide the Republican nomination, and her endorsement will be avidly sought if she doesnt run.
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Bachmann was to suppose to be at least not in the camp of the establishment; she is now, with this hire and so far no public remark admonishing Rollins yet. The same people that might support MB loves or at least greatly respect Sarah, this is a foolish stragedty
Sexist and condescending...
BTW, nothing about Mrs. Bachmann's legislative accomplishments.
Rollins gave Politico words to stir up trouble. This is on Rollins not Politico!!! YES, MSM will take anything and run but we should not give it to them. Rollins is a POS.
If Palin throws her hat in the ring, she simultaneously will throw Bachmann’s hat out.
Ah, yo Ed—”The Sarah is dumb” train has long since come and gone. Where were you and Michelle when Palin—without benefit of anything more than Twitter—was taking the Marxist Onada head on with substantive criticism?
You are a fossil who’s come way too late to the game—and will leave it early. My esteem of Bachman plunged with her decision to hire you as her campaign manager. Do her a favor and go away. Surely you can find something constructive to do with Rove—the other RINO fossil.
Exactly. But this was stupid because Palin is not even a candidate and it's not 100% certain she will be. Will be interesting to see what other campaigns do. Tim Pawlenty is the only one who has come close saying last week we need to stop talking about bus tours. I'm sure he's not happy because he's trying to get his name out there and all the oxygen is being sucked up by Palin's 'not a campaign' bus tour.
I’m not defending Rollins. I thought what he did was boneheaded. But I don’t trust Politico’s motives either. They hate Palin as much as they hate Bachmann. Same with the Daily Caller which first reported on this yesterday.
Who’s fault is that? If Tim had any charisma to overcome his low name recognition, he will be doing very well but as it’s stands he doesn’t but your gal is blowing this up and you still try to defend her when she needs to get rid of Rollins because no matter what she says apologetic to Sarah, if she keeps him, a group of people who may support MB will not in the future
I saw what Rollins said on Chris Matthews! He is in attack mode, this is legit
Hiring Rollins is pretty strong evidence that MB is not ready to make executive decisions. Her first executive decision was probably the worst decision of her soon to be over political career.
The only way she can save it will be to fire Rollins today and apologize to Palin. Now is the time to make a tough and decisive executive decision.
If Bachmann is a Freeper, then the comments on these threads should scare her to death. She is just about to lose her entire base and Rollins is no friend of hers.
Nice goin’ Bachmann, hiring that dirt bag, did you forget who who had your back in 2010?
As far as 'my gal' blowing up, most news outlets aren't even reporting on her or this story. The only people who even know (or care) about it are political junkies. I'm sure the average joe out there could give a sh*t less what some aide said about Sarah Palin.
Thank you. Don’t let Politico (or any other MSM) try to make this out to be a catfight. I want a Tea Party minded erson for the candidate. Michelle Bachman suits me just fine. Not Mitt, not Newt, not Santorum. Maybe they can work their way on to the ticket. ..but I want OUR voices in there. Michelle and Herman Cain would suit me just fine.
To be clear, I am only addressing those candidates who have declared.
I agree with you completely!
Palin has always been my first choice but I never thouht badly of Bachmann........until now.
She's just letting herself be used and it won't end up well for her.
BTW Romney, we will never vote for you!
Michele in a pic with Romney proves nothing. You can post it a trillion times...it still proves nothing.
She’s mistaken for hiring Rollins. It’s almost a sick joke it’s so mistaken. However, there are no facts in evidence to tie this to your belief that she does this to become Romney’s vp. There’s plenty, plenty of common sense reasoning against it.
If the goal is to hurt Sarah to Romney’s advantage...the exact opposite is what happens. This hurts Michele, not Sarah. So it helps Romney in what way, that Rollins targets Sarah on behalf of Michele, which succeeds only - and completely predictably - in bolstering Sarah? Even people who don’t support Sarah but support someone else, are offended by this.
From an issues standpoint it makes zero sense. Romney endorses global warning, Romneycare etc. These are what Michele fights against in Congress. She is tea party to the core. Romney is anti tea party to the core. She knows that, because it is impossible not to know that.
This is so boneheaded...if Michele allows this to stand, then I will say she is politically ignorant and tone deaf. She survives in her district but knows nothing at all - and is loaded with misconceptions - about a national race.
Rollins statement was “Sexist and condescending...””nothing about Mrs. Bachmann’s legislative accomplishments.”
Precisely. If Bachmann doesn’t recognize this type of support isn’t going to give her the following she deserves, and immediately fires him, then she will loose the primary.
I like her, but his tactic is diminishing my support for her campaign. He is a liability. Dump him, Michelle.
Just because A is true doesn’t automatically make B true. Just because this is stupid politics doesn’t make her be doing this to become Romney’s vp. My post to that point appears immediately following yours. And your post as well as many others proves the point.
The fact MB has NOT refuted Rollins’ comments speaks volumes of her intentions. And we are now in the second day.
MB remains the official stalking horse for myth romney and she has sold her soul to be his VP nominee to capture the conservative vote.
The repeat of JuanMcCain/Palin - RINO+Conservative.
And we know how THAT turned out - this would be worse with a full bore liberal as GOP nominee.
Bachmann is not an announced candidate yet! And the bigger issue is why is she attacking someone (Sarah) who isn’t a candidate? Her contrast should be on especially Tim or Mitt who have announced