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Bachmann campaign loses second key staffer in Ron Paul flap
firstread.msnbc.msn.com ^ | 12/29/2011 | Jamie Novogrod and Alex Moe

Posted on 12/29/2011 3:39:45 PM PST by TBBT

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign lost another high-ranking staff member on Thursday after that staffer defended another former Bachmann official's defection to a rival campaign. Wes Enos, Bachmann's political director, has left the campaign, spokeswoman Alice Stewart confirmed to NBC News on Thursday evening. The resignation comes on the heels of last night's announcement by Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who had served as Bachmann's Iowa chairman, that he had stepped down from that position to support Texas Rep. Ron Paul's campaign instead. Yesterday, Enos publicly defended Sorenson, an Iowa state Senator, against charges voiced by Bachmann that Sorenson had accepted money from the Paul campaign, in violation of state law. (This narrative is disputed by Sorenson himself.) "I can't in good conscious watch a good man like Kent Sorenson be attacked as a sell-out," Enos told NBC News on Wednesday night, insisting that Sorenson felt personal loyalty to colleagues in the state legislature backing Paul.

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KEYWORDS: bachmann; iowa2012; kentsorenson; michelebachmann; ronpaul; wesenos
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Ewww boy...
1 posted on 12/29/2011 3:39:57 PM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

5 more days... and Bachmann wont even be in the contest anymore. I see nothing wrong with a few people jumping ship early to snatch up availible jobs while the gettings good. In a week a lot of people that used to work for Bachmann and Santorum will be looking for work.


2 posted on 12/29/2011 3:42:46 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Newt Gingrich 2012!)
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To: TBBT

So how long will it for her to bow out now?


3 posted on 12/29/2011 3:44:13 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

Early morning of Jan 4th. She has already packed her bags.


4 posted on 12/29/2011 3:45:46 PM PST by VicVega ( GEAUX TIGERS, Geaux Saints. Congratulations Brees for beating Marions record.)
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To: TBBT

I can see what is happening here. If freepers can give up on a conservative and put perceived winnability above conservative ideas, why wouldn’t a politicians go whichever way the wind blows?


5 posted on 12/29/2011 3:45:51 PM PST by JimWayne
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To: TBBT

Poor Botchmann just can’t catch a break.


6 posted on 12/29/2011 3:45:51 PM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: TBBT

Bachman, Santorum, Huntsman................TOAST


7 posted on 12/29/2011 3:47:17 PM PST by LC Gladiator (Barack Obama is a malevolent Marxist cockroach and a foul festering pustule on the hide of America.)
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To: VicVega

Hopefully Perry or Newt will pick up most of the votes.


8 posted on 12/29/2011 3:48:02 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: TBBT
Bottom line: Her campaign is inept. She surrounded herself with self-serving consultants like Ed Rollins.

She/her staff cancel promised appearances. They don't finalize rallies when they ask local talk show hosts to MC. They give out itineraries and ignore them.

Total mismanagement. This is just a symptom.

9 posted on 12/29/2011 3:49:12 PM PST by Fledermaus (It's now clear the GOP establishment is uncapable of governing and should resign.)
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To: TBBT
Enos told NBC News on Wednesday night, insisting that Sorenson felt personal loyalty to colleagues in the state legislature backing Paul.

Gosh, shenanigans would be my first thought, but son of a gun this seems so sincere..../MS

10 posted on 12/29/2011 3:49:35 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: TBBT

As far as I am concerned, Bachmann was over back in August.

She’s just been taking a long time to pack and move out.


11 posted on 12/29/2011 3:49:47 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: TBBT

Sorenson is a slimeball

If he said that he thought her campaign was failing and he accepted a better job offer, I would have no problem with that

but he cleary is giving slimy answers, and could even be lying and accusing OTHERS of lying- the slimiest act of all

People who know him talked abut having this comversation BEFORE THIS ALL HAPPEND and now he is calling them liars too.

And I am not a Bachman supporter (anymore) she lacks the skills to hire a competant team (like this jerk Sorenson)


12 posted on 12/29/2011 3:51:07 PM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Jonty30

Santorum, Perry or Paul most likely. Romney got her Superpac the day before. Newt needs to help himself to a debate. As you’ve seen from the polls, Santorum just past him.


13 posted on 12/29/2011 3:52:57 PM PST by VicVega ( GEAUX TIGERS, Geaux Saints. Congratulations Brees for beating Marions record.)
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To: Jonty30
Hopefully Perry or Newt will pick up most of the votes. Would be nice... But if votes shift, wouldn't they more likely shift to Santorum? Santorum's getting a wave in the press. Many voters will vote for who they think can win - self validation and all that. If they think Santorum is the next flavor of the month, defections from Bachmann could help Santorum. Then again, Bachmann will not get out before Iowa. It's doubtful she'll lose many from this. Most folks are not that tuned in and this stuff is happening late...
14 posted on 12/29/2011 3:54:02 PM PST by TBBT
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To: LC Gladiator
Santorum actually thinks this little spurt of panicked “perfect conservatives” will finally make him a contender.

But knowing how Santorum has no money, has spent his last dime in Iowa, (Poor judgment) and has no organization or preparations in other states, he is a dead man walking.

I am not sure that even santorum realizes that yet.

15 posted on 12/29/2011 3:55:46 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Fledermaus

Plus, she told some nasty lies about Newt. I emailed her and told her she should apologize, but she never did...


16 posted on 12/29/2011 4:01:30 PM PST by true believer forever (First, they came for the rich.)
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To: TBBT

Not likely.

Santorum doesn’t have the money for a long run and will probably be gone not long after Bachmann bows out, probably before February. People are now starting to seriously think about who should be the nominee and the real money will now start to filter in.

Hopefully Bachmann will go back into the House and Santorum will make another run for Congress. I think he’s paid a price for supporting Toomey and deserves another shot, because he is a reliable voice for Christian conservatism.


17 posted on 12/29/2011 4:06:17 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Newt needs a top 3 in Iowa. If Insider Advantage/PPP is right then he has a good shot. If Rasmussen/CNN is right then Newt’s may have a problem. However, statistically Newt and Santorum are tied for 3rd in Rasmussen/CNN/PPP.

Santorum having an upward swing benefits from his new found positive news coverage. News coverage of Newt’s slide hurts him. Newt needs some favorable change in polls coming in the next few days. Perception and momentum are big factors.


18 posted on 12/29/2011 4:08:31 PM PST by TBBT
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To: TBBT

Seems like a serious unraveling is occurring here.

I realize she is a true conservative, and I do appreciate that in her, but I must be honest in stating that I believe that she has shown in a number of ways that she doesn’t have what it takes to win the presidency at this time.

I ain’t gonna say anything mean about her, don’t want to go there, but I don’t see her winning over Obama. Just my opinion.


19 posted on 12/29/2011 4:09:40 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: TBBT
The Democrats must be rolling on the ground laughing over all of this spectacle. Talk about Chaos! The DNC is salivating over running a highly organized and professional election campaign and they will sell it exactly that way. Then they will compare that to this clown show, called the Republican primary election comedy show.

They will show the Republican candidates and this whole bazaar campaign season for what it is. And we have to admit, the GOP campaign season has been highly chaotic, disorganized and a complete failure. Get ready for this to hit all the comedy shows and campaign ads. It is sure to hurt us in a very big way.

20 posted on 12/29/2011 4:09:53 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: TBBT

Sorenson is unprincipled. Michele made a mistake hiring him, and Paul is making a mistake hiring him away. He’ll wind up betraying Paul too.


21 posted on 12/29/2011 4:11:37 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I wouldn’t be the house on that.


22 posted on 12/29/2011 4:12:46 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

In the end... Santorum coming in 3rd helps Romney and hurts Newt and Perry.


23 posted on 12/29/2011 4:14:29 PM PST by TBBT
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To: true believer forever

No, she did NOT lie about Newt, and you know that.


24 posted on 12/29/2011 4:14:57 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Jonty30

If she does bow out, at least she can still be a champion in the House. Hopefully we’ll gain more Tea Party Congresscritters, and Bachmann may be able to put together a coalition to unseat the weeper from Speaker.


25 posted on 12/29/2011 4:16:06 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Virginia GOP: Romney's favorite butt boys)
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To: TBBT

Bachmann’s been played from day one when she brought on Ed Rollins as campaign manager. She never had a chance.


26 posted on 12/29/2011 4:19:45 PM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: TBBT

This candidate seems to have problems keeping staff. Is she difficult to work with?


27 posted on 12/29/2011 4:20:00 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: TBBT

Sorry, imo, this conduct is just rank ingratitude. I can understand if they wish to leave, but there is a professional and decorous way to do it.


28 posted on 12/29/2011 4:20:53 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: TBP

Certainly.

Past history of one’s actions can certainly be a relaible indicator of the future.


29 posted on 12/29/2011 4:21:02 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

I’m thinking she won’t bow out, but more likely curtsy out. She’s a refined lady after all.


30 posted on 12/29/2011 4:21:50 PM PST by Diverdogz
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To: COBOL2Java

Congress is key, no matter who becomes president.

If Obama wins, a Tea-party congress can keep him tied up.
If Romney wins, he won’t challenge a Tea-party congress.
If Newt or Perry wins, they can work with a Tea-party congress to undo much of the damage that was done.


31 posted on 12/29/2011 4:25:13 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Caipirabob
You are correct. She was encouraged to get in (for only one reason) by people who did not have her best interests at heart. She goes through staff like crazy and is a known commodity in politics so people with skills stayed away from her. I doubt very seriously if she approached Rollins. If she did, it was only because nobody would touch her. Rollins had his own agenda, while gaving the impression of getting a campaign going, but clearly did not.

She will have a tough time getting reelected. Fund raising is going to be a problem. She transferred big bucks from her congressional war chest and during her scorched earth campaign has pissed off the very people she is going to need to fund another congressional run.

Lastly, during the course of her campaign she demonstrated some character flaws that will be tough to overcome. The embellishment of her personal and professional accomplishments in addition to outright lies about the other candidates will haunt her. I just wish she would go away for a while, try and repair her image and come back with more realistic goals.

32 posted on 12/29/2011 4:30:51 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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Michelle said Newt supported bailing out Fannie and Freddie, what's worse, she was on the stage with him, when he said that shouldn't be done... in Sept 2008, before the bailout...

"Governing & Political Change" held in St. Paul, Minnesota.

September 3, 2008

Bachmann: The question is on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the outrage and will it go private? or where are Fannie Mae and Feddie Mac going to go?

Gingrich: Well, I think this is one of the great tests of reform - of a populist reform conservatism.

There is ZERO reasons to bail out these two institutions.

They have violated the fundamental principle of why they were created.

And I did a fair amount of-... Let me be right up front... I did a fair amount of work with Freddie Mac, looking atit, consulting it, but not at a fiduciary level, but at a general public policy level.

I am appalled at the degree of management irresponsibility that both places have had, and I think they should be treated precisely like a private sector institution, And the stockholders, and the senior management should fundamentally have to bear the brunt... I don't think you want to let them go broke, because they're enormous, and that has a BIG second and third order consequence on the system.

But I think what you want to say, is as a consequence of their survival, they should be broken up, they should go thru the equivalent of a receivership, and everybody who was profiting from them should pay the cost of having failed.

And the general taxpayer should NOT bear that burden. and I think that could be handled totally different.

But there is ZERO reason, now that they've failed... I was perfectly happy to to not PUSH the issue, as long as they weren't failing, but NOW that they've clearly failed their fiduciary responsibility, there is zero reason for the average taxpayer to bail out these institutions.

And their senior managements have been DISGRACEFUL in the mismanagement, particularly I think, of Fannie Mae which had huge, huge, internal problems in terms of accounting, in a way you can't quite understand...

How could people run an institution THAT badly?

and there's a video if the transcript is too daunting for you... Michelle is standing right behind Newt... I don't if it is in this video, but she also said some very positive things about Newt... whom she now depicts as a greedy Washington insider...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YiYWnA1_y8&feature=player_embedded

33 posted on 12/29/2011 4:31:03 PM PST by true believer forever (First, they came for the rich.)
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To: Jonty30

If Romney wins the Republicans will need a super majority to override his vetoes.


34 posted on 12/29/2011 4:32:38 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Jonty30
If Obama wins, a Tea-party congress can keep him tied up.

That's our only hope. We've got to get enough Tea Party people in BOTH houses to topple the "good old boy" network that gave us Boehner and McConnell. Otherwise the RINOs will scuttle every initiative that makes the Republican Establishment look bad on the Sunday Talk Shows.

35 posted on 12/29/2011 4:33:50 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Virginia GOP: Romney's favorite butt boys)
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To: VicVega
Early morning of Jan 4th. She has already packed her bags.

I still hope she makes it until the 8th of January.

It will give her a chance to (finally) get Elvis's birthday right.

36 posted on 12/29/2011 4:37:15 PM PST by PalmettoMason ("The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.")
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To: gov_bean_ counter

That would mean that he’d actually have to stand for something.

If he hasn’t really stood for anything at this point, why would he start now?

He’s like jello, he’ll fit into whatever ideological container he has to. Give him a Tea-party congree and he’ll be a Tea-partier. Give him a RINO congress and he’ll be a RINO.


37 posted on 12/29/2011 4:37:17 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

Point taken.


38 posted on 12/29/2011 4:38:33 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: TBBT

“She’s dead Gibbs”


39 posted on 12/29/2011 4:42:05 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

” Get ready for this to hit all the comedy shows and campaign ads. It is sure to hurt us in a very big way. “ <<<<

I fear you are correct. This does, again, play to the advantage of Romney.

Just between you and me, if I wanted to jump the shark, profess myself to be a certified, conspiratorial loon, I would say that even in her eminent demise, the Bachmann campaign’s last gasp continues to project and promote and defend the Romney game plan. I know, the ledge is looming here, but I barely can stifle the fury at Michelle in particular, and the third tier mishief-makers in general.


40 posted on 12/29/2011 4:42:08 PM PST by RitaOK (wRasmussen- the polling standard for accuracy.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Why would anybody expect rational behavior from anyone crazy enough to work for either Bachmann or Paul?

There's enough nuts in those camps from the candidates on down to keep the guys with the butterfly nets and straight jackets busy for years.

41 posted on 12/29/2011 4:42:44 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: chris37
I realize she is a true conservative,

No true conservative would work for the IRS.

42 posted on 12/29/2011 4:44:48 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

“She will have a tough time getting reelected. Fund raising is going to be a problem. She transferred big bucks from her congressional war chest and during her scorched earth campaign has pissed off the very people she is going to need to fund another congressional run.”

Truer words were never written. Kamikazes at least had a purpose.


43 posted on 12/29/2011 4:50:10 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Rome2000

Heh, point taken.

I’m not even sure I actually know what true conservative even means anymore ><;


44 posted on 12/29/2011 5:06:40 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: TBBT
She looked very desperate on CNN today and wouldn't answer when Wolf pressed her about Enos. After watching this I think her campaign is in melt-down mode:

Michele Bachmann Kinda Freaks Out When Asked About Ron Paul & Her Ex Co-Chair
45 posted on 12/29/2011 5:27:08 PM PST by keyd
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To: Jonty30

‘xactly.

I think the big question is: is there a Republican in the race who can help us get to 60 in the Senate?

OK ... where are the margin Senate races, the one’s we’d need to not only take the Senate, but to take the Senate with a huge margin?

Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Missouri, Montana, Virginia, Florida, New Mexico, Hawaii, Wisconsin and retaining Massachusetts

(I think we’ve got Nebraska and North Dakota in the bag)

These states mostly range from purple to blue.


46 posted on 12/29/2011 5:32:34 PM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: Redmen4ever

Here is what I think. The candidate matters less this time around. It is the American people’s election.

What I mean by this is that, imo, if the Tea party can keep itself loosely united, without fracturing and can keep to the basics, it can have a positive effect in every electoral district from sea to sea.

You do need to look at every seat, whether congressional or state, as a battle for America. Look upon it as every seat won for the establishment as a real loss.

If you can do that, I really do believe you can win and I mean that sincerely.


47 posted on 12/29/2011 6:02:58 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Fledermaus
Her campaign is inept. She surrounded herself with self-serving consultants like Ed Rollins.

Most of Gingrich's top staff quit, and he has failed to get on ballots in at least two states. What does that say about an inept campaign?

48 posted on 12/29/2011 6:06:43 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: TBBT

In his statement, he said he wasn’t leaving. I guess he was forced out for disloyalty?


49 posted on 12/29/2011 6:29:10 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: PalmettoMason

LOL.


50 posted on 12/29/2011 7:40:59 PM PST by VicVega ( GEAUX TIGERS, Geaux Saints. Congratulations Brees for beating Marions record.)
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