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  • Mika Muses: Did Liz Cheney Ask Rollins to Call Her 'Bored Housewife' As A Favor?

    07/19/2013 4:34:54 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Trying to decide which is the bigger story here: 1. Mika Brzezinski speculating that Liz Cheney asked Ed Rollins, as a favor, to call her a "bored housewife"; or 2. Joe Scarborough saying that whenever he imitates Zbigniew Brzezinski's accent, Brzezinski beefs that he's making him "sound like a rabbi." You be the judge. Both happened on today's Morning Joe. Liz Cheney has taken some heat for suggesting that sitting Republican Senator Enzi is old and confused. Mika seemed to be suggesting that having Rollins take a sexist shot at her would instantly transform Cheney from aggressor into victim. There...
  • Rush IS right: The conservative base DID NOT show up for Mitt & giving amnesty will not help the GOP

    11/14/2012 8:00:54 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 65 replies
    11/14/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Rush is right! And the GOP-e along with the Morrises, the George Wills, etc, failed in their predictions. Morris admitted he had egg on his face, but I did not see George Will admit this. Maybe he did, but I didn't see it. Are the now obsolete? Are the Krauthammers, the O'Reillys, the Vannitys, Rollins, etc also obsolete? Is Vannity still going to continue having the same ol same ol on his show? And what about the other shows on FOX News? Are they going to continue having RINOS/CINO guests/hosts on their shows? Mitt Romney got fewer votes than McCain...
  • Fox News anchor on Newt Gingrich: ‘Now I’m sure’ he’s delusional

    05/02/2012 6:40:49 PM PDT · by VinL · 105 replies
    AJC ^ | 5-2-12 | Galloway
    Fox News anchor Shep Smith, with the help of GOP veteran Ed Rollins, gave a brutal review of Newt Gingrich’s exit from the Republican presidential race – sure to exacerbate the feud between Gingrich and the conservative cable news network. Says Rollins: “He epitomhttpized the sore loser. This is a tough game, but he epitomized the sore loser.” Said Smith, harkening back to the beginning of Gingrich’s campaign: “I thought then he was delusional, and now I’m sure.” See for yourself, via the Daily Caller:
  • Ed Rollins, Jeffrey Lord and others rise to Newt’s defense (video)

    01/27/2012 3:21:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1/27/12 | Tina Korbe
    As I reported yesterday, at least a few former Reagan administration officials say that, in his campaign comments, Newt Gingrich has rewritten the history of his relationship with Ronald Reagan. Today, a number of counterbalancing voices say those officials — and not Gingrich – are the ones who are shading the facts. On Fox News, for example, Ed Rollins, Ronald Reagan’s national campaign manager, described Gingrich as one of “the most important players and most loyal to Ronald Reagan”:
  • Ed Rollins: Gingrich The "Conservative Alternative" To Romney

    01/21/2012 5:36:57 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 66 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | January 21,2012
    Ed Rollins says the establishment will come down on Gingrich and call him unelectable. "You will see a Republican establishment will say he cannot win and drag down the house and they will go to war on him," Rollins told FOX News. Rollins on Romney: "He never was a conservative til he was running for the presidency four years ago. He never governed as a -- when he ran against Kennedy he wasn't a conservative, when he won the governorship he wasn't a conservative. He's trying to convince people now and it's just not sellable to conservatives."
  • Ed Rollins: ‘It’s never too late for Gov. Palin’ to jump into 2012 race

    09/26/2011 11:16:41 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 133 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/26/ | Alicia Cohen
    Republican strategist Ed Rollins on Monday downplayed the latest surge in rumors that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will jump into the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and instead argued in favor of another possible candidate. Christie “ought to stay running New Jersey,” Rollins said on Fox News’ “Kilmeade and Friends” radio show. “If I were advising him, I would tell him not to think about [a presidential bid],” Rollins said. “I can’t imagine Gov. Christie spending the next four or five months in the winters of Iowa, traipsing to the places he’s got to go in order to...
  • Rollins Has More Tough Words for Bachmann

    09/19/2011 8:04:51 PM PDT · by freespirited · 82 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 09/19/11 | Michael Shear
    Ed Rollins is at it again. Mr. Rollins, the former campaign manager for Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, has questioned her ability to extend her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination beyond Iowa, the first state in the nation to hold a nominating contest. In an interview on MSNBC, Mr. Rollins told Andrea Mitchell that Mrs. Bachmann does not have the money or resources to compete with her better-financed rivals, like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. “Right now, she’s competing hard in Iowa,” Mr. Rollins said. But, he added, “she doesn’t have the ability or resources to go beyond that,...
  • VIDEO: Former Bachmann Campaign Manager Says She's Done After Iowa (Rollins strikes again)

    09/19/2011 11:49:09 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 92 replies
    Business insider ^ | Monday September 19, 2011
    Ed Rollins, former campaign manager and current "informal adviser" to Rep. Michele Bachmann, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell moments ago that Bachmann doesn't have the "ability or the resources" to go beyond Iowa. Rollins stopped working for the campaign day-to-day earlier this month in a staff shakeup, and criticized her comments on the HPV vaccine last week. Rollins said Texas Gov. Rick Perry's entrance into the race undercut her campaign, and that she was unprepared for the national stage running as a congresswoman.
  • 'Emotional,' 'implusive' Bachmann erred on vaccine issue, ex-aides say

    09/15/2011 9:52:40 AM PDT · by Baladas · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 15, 2011 | James Oliphant
    Add Michele Bachmann's former campaign manager to those who believe the presidential candidate went too far in linking a cervical cancer vaccine to mental retardation. Ed Rollins, in an interview Wednesday evening on MSNBC, said Bachmann’s attacks on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s mandatory vaccination program for young girls in Texas had been effective -- until she brought up the possibility of “dangerous side effects” in television interviews. “She’d had been better if she stayed on issue,” Rollins told Chris Matthews on “Hardball,” the issue was the governor’s executive orders, and whether he made a mistake. He made a mistake, she...
  • Is Michele Bachmann finished in the GOP race?

    09/08/2011 7:33:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    CBS News ^ | 09/08/2011 | Brian Montopoli
    For a while there, Rep. Michele Bachmann seemed to be all anyone could talk about in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Telegenic, controversial and aligned with fiscal and social conservatives, she soaked up media coverage and seemed to be emerging as the GOP base's preferred alternative to Mitt Romney - particularly since Mike Huckabee decided to forgo the race and Sarah Palin continued waffling about whether she would jump in. Then came August 13. It was, in once sense, a triumphant day for Bachmann: She won the (albeit overhyped) Iowa straw poll, generating headlines about how she was...
  • Bachmann's campaign manager Ed Rollins says it's a legitimately Romney/Perry race(Video)

    09/05/2011 8:21:15 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 118 replies
    CNN Video ^ | Monday September 5, 2011
    Ed Rollins, campaign manager for Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann Presidential run announced that he is stepping back into an advisory role, citing health concerns, as word of his deputy manager, David Polyansky, is leaving the campaign as well. Rollins was on Anderson Cooper's AC360 show on CNN and admitted that the entrance of Rick Perry has "slowed our money down" into the Bachmann campaign and took momentum out of her campaign He also stated that it's legitimately a Romney/Perry race with them being the leaders in the poll and leaders in money and that Michelle Bachmann is the third person in...
  • Bachmann turnover drives questions

    09/06/2011 9:39:05 AM PDT · by freespirited · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/06/11 | Maggie Haberman
    Top-level staff departures from Michele Bachmann’s campaign are raising fresh questions about her durability heading into the post-Labor Day stretch of the 2012 presidential primary contest. As POLITICO first reported Sunday, her campaign manager Ed Rollins will be moving from day-to-day campaign managing to a senior advisory role. His deputy, David Polyansky, is leaving the campaign. Both played a critical role in vaulting Bachmann to a first place finish at the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Aug. 13, an event that served as the first critical test of organization in the first-caucus state and one where she eked out...
  • Michele Bachmann deputy campaign manager to depart

    09/05/2011 4:52:07 PM PDT · by Al B. · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept. 5, 2011 | Maggie Haberman
    On the heels of our report that Michele Bachmann campaign manager Ed Rollins is stepping back into an advisory role, citing health concerns, comes word that his deputy, David Polyansky, is leaving the campaign. "I wish Michele nothing but the best, and anyone who underestimates her as a candidate does so at their own peril," Polyansky told POLITICO. Continue Reading But a GOP source familiar with the situation said that Polyansky had "strategic differences on the path forward" with the candidate, who has struggled to gain traction in the last few weeks. Polyansky and Rollins led the team that brought...
  • Rollins to step back from Bachmann role

    09/05/2011 4:18:38 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 47 replies
    Rollins to step back from Bachmann role By: Maggie Haberman September 5, 2011 05:56 PM EDT Ed Rollins is going to be stepping back from day-to-day management of the Michele Bachmann campaign, and moving into a senior advisory role, he said in an interview. Rollins said the reason for the change is personal — his health and the rigors of a campaign. "I wish I was 40 years old, but I'm not," he told POLITICO. "I'm 68 years old, I had a stroke a year and a half ago. I'm worn out."
  • Bachmann Warns Beware Soviet Union

    08/18/2011 7:28:42 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 66 replies
    MyFoxNews ^ | Thursday August 18, 2011
    (NewsCore) - COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Minnesota congresswoman and 2012 presidential candidate Michele Bachmann left some listeners scratching their heads Thursday when she said during a radio show interview that the US was in danger of being eclipsed by the Soviet Union. Bachmann made the remark during an appearance on the Jay Sekulow radio show while campaigning in South Carolina. "It really is about jobs and the economy," Bachmann said when asked what was on the minds of American voters she met on the trail. "But what people recognize is that there's a fear that the United States is in an...
  • No matter what happens next, Bachmann's makeover splendid (He credits Ed Rollins!)

    07/27/2011 4:53:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The San Angelo Standard-Times ^ | July 27, 2011 | Jack Cowan
    At some point in the near future, someone may ask Rep. Michele Bachmann: Who are you, and what have you done with the real Michele Bachmann? The Minnesota congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate has undergone a radical change in the last couple of months. She's still extremely conservative, but you can't really call her a firebrand anymore. While her words might not seem reasonable to many, her countenance no longer is frightening to them, and that makes her a legitimate candidate. What's different? The most obvious addition to her candidacy is political consultant Ed Rollins, who first became known to...
  • Who should Sarah Palin Choose to run and advise her Campaign? (Vanity)

    07/02/2011 7:51:57 AM PDT · by carjic · 86 replies
    Vanity | 7-2-2011 | Me
    Sorry for the vanity post but I have not seen anyone bring this up. Who should Sarah choose as her No 1 campaign advisor/Chairman. You know it will not be the normal conventional pick. I thing "Rush Limbaugh". He thinks outside the the Ebay/Ried turnaround. Interested in hearing what other Freepers have to say.
  • Can any Republican presidential candidate withstand being Palinized?

    06/25/2011 9:18:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Not a fan of Ed Rollins, but you know that. I guess this qualifies as Part 3 of the “Hey Ed Rollins, you deal with it” series. More than not being a fan of Ed Rollins, I keep questioning why Michele Bachmann started her campaign by having Rollins attack Sarah Palin in very demeaning terms, and if it was not planned, why Bachmann did not fire Rollins on the spot. That question becomes important because as Bachmann rises in the polls and spotlight, the process of Palinizing her by the left-blogosphere and mainstream media also is rising. The disgusting Rolling...
  • What's with the hatred of Michele Bachmann at Free Republic?

    06/19/2011 1:04:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 416 replies
    What's with the hatred of Michele Bachmann at Free Republic lately? I've seen some psychotic paranoid drivel about her secretly working for Mitt Romney, but apparently there's more to it than that. Please help me out here, folks.
  • Mark Steyn rips Ed Rollins as 'one of the things that disfigures American politics'

    06/10/2011 10:15:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 10, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    Earlier this week, what could be the first shots were fired in a potential rivalry between potential Republican presidential hopefuls Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. On Tuesday, Bachmann campaign manager Ed Rollins said Palin wasn’t a “serious” candidate for president and that upset many Palin supporters, who also tend to support Bachmann. In an appearance on Thursday’s syndicated “Hugh Hewitt Show,” columnist Mark Steyn asked the question – what is Bachmann doing with Rollins on her team in the first place? “Well you know, let me say it as bluntly as I can because I...
  • Ed Rollins’ hire was Michele Bachmann’s first campaign mistake

    06/08/2011 4:39:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 8, 2011 | Bryan Preston
    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...
  • Congresswoman Michele Bachmann might think about dropping Ed Rollins now....

    06/08/2011 1:43:21 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    Greta Wire ^ | June 8, 2011 | Greta Van Susteren
    The last thing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann should want as she considers launching a campaign for President is that she get dragged down into the gutter at the outset by a political consultant – Ed Rollins – who makes her look petty because he works for her. President Ronald Reagan, who Republican candidates often quote, frowned upon Republican candidates trashing Republican candidates. What Rollins said that reflects upon Congresswoman Bachmann certainly is not the worst…but it was gratuitous and not responding to an insult. This early tactic (before the candidate even makes it official) is a strong indicator of what is...
  • Ed Rollins isn’t helping Michel Bachmann

    06/08/2011 12:45:09 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    WP ^ | 06/08/2011 | Jennifer Rubin
    Ed Rollins isn’t helping Michel Bachmann By Jennifer Rubin For some conservatives Ed Rollins was an odd choice for Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign. She’s fresh; he’s not. She’s anti-Beltway; he personifies it. She’s disciplined; and he’s shown he’s not. The trouble started when Rollins, still in his TV cabler mind-set, went after Sarah Palin, calling her “not serious.” This was dumb on multiple levels including (in no particular order): 1) it took the focus off his boss; 2) it will offend voters who are Bachmann’s natural constituency; and 3) it plays into the sexist “Palin v. Bachmann!” match-up that...
  • Palin chief blasts Rollins, expects 'retraction'

    06/08/2011 10:07:06 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/08/2011 | Ben Smith
    Sarah Palin's chief of staff blasted Michele Bachmann strategist Ed Rollins today after Rollins criticized the former Alaska governor and suggested to POLITICO that his candidate would benefit by comparison to her "Beltway political strategist Ed Rollins has a long, long track record of taking high profile jobs and promptly sticking his foot in his mouth," said Sarah PAC chief of staff Michael Glassner in an emailed statement. "To no one's surprise he has done it again, while also fueling a contrived narrative about the presidential race by the mainstream media. One would expect that his woodshed moment is coming...
  • Rollins Wants Palin Allies for Bachmann (also wants Sarah as ally!)

    06/08/2011 8:23:51 AM PDT · by kristinn · 214 replies
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, June 8, 2011 | Paul Steinhauser and Gabriella Schwarz
    Veteran Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins, who signed on to steer Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's looming presidential bid, said his recent criticism of Sarah Palin is not part of an electoral strategy. SNIP But the former CNN contributor said he needs to adjust from "being a political analyst back to being a strategist." "I don't think Palin runs and if she does we will deal with it. There obviously is a trend in the media to link them," Rollins told CNN. "In the long run we want Palin and her people as our allies." In an interview with POLITICO, Rollins...
  • Bachmann vs. Palin feud hits Twitter

    06/07/2011 5:29:34 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 79 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 7, 2011 | Matt Lewis
    Bachmann vs. Palin feud hits Twitter By Matt Lewis A few weeks ago, I pointed out that a prominent Sarah Palin blogger had turned on Michele Bachmann. On Fox News Sunday this week, Palin pointed out that she, unlike Bachmann, had executive experience (though added that Bachmann had strengths, too). The feud was taken to a new level, however, when Bachmann’s new “celebrity” campaign manager, Ed Rollins referred to Palin as “not serious.” This was too much for Palin supporter and talk radio host, Tammy Bruce who took to her Twitter feed. Bruce, who also appears in the new film...
  • Bachmann campaign manager rips Palin: She 'has not been serious' (Ed Rollins, naturally!)

    06/07/2011 9:42:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 153 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 7, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    This could be some of the early shots in the contest for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. On Tuesday’s “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 I’m going to work for Michele Bachmann if she runs,” Rollins said. “That’s the one that intrigues me the most at this point and I think to a certain extent she’s articulate, she’s a conservative. She’s got a great story to tell....
  • Bachmann strategist blasts Palin: 'Not serious'

    06/07/2011 8:36:29 AM PDT · by Al B. · 279 replies
    Politico ^ | June 7, 2011 | Ben Smith
    Michelle Bachmann's new top consultant, Ed Rollins, began his tenure with scathing criticism of potential Bachmann rival Sarah Palin. "Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years," Rollins told Brian Kilmeade on his radio show, Kilmeade and friends. "She got the Vice Presidential thing handed to her, she didn't go to work in the sense of trying to gain more substance, she gave up her governorship." He suggested that the contrast would favor Bachmann. "Michele Bachmann and others [have] worked hard, she has been a leader of the Tea Party which is a very important element here,...
  • Bachmann Taps Rollins to Run Campaign

    06/06/2011 12:20:58 PM PDT · by Al B. · 211 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 6, 2011 | Jan Crawford
    As she prepares to enter the race in Iowa later this month, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has signed on high-profile political strategist Ed Rollins to run her presidential campaign, according to two sources close to Bachmann. Rollins, who was Mike Huckabee's national campaign director in the 2008 campaign, is an experienced political operative with a well-earned reputation for his tough tactics and willingness to play hardball.
  • Clarice's Pieces: Some Things about Politics I Don't Understand

    12/05/2010 2:42:58 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 5, 2010 | Clarice Feldman
    I have lived in Washington for over forty years. Between us, my husband and I have worked for the federal government, in private practice, in the House, in the Senate, and for nonprofits. In those years, we've learned a fair amount about the workings of this city. But there are some things I never will understand. The first of these is the utility of relying on political consultants. I am sure there must be some good ones, but I seem never to have met them. The ones I have met seem to be largely glad-handlers, purveyors of conventional pieties,...
  • Palin, I knew Reagan. You're no Reagan.

    12/01/2010 12:06:59 PM PST · by pissant · 727 replies · 7+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/1/10 | Ed Rollins
    Editor's note: Ed Rollins, a senior political contributor for CNN, is senior presidential fellow at the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University. He is a principal with the Dilenschneider Group, a global public relations firm. He was White House political director for President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. (CNN) -- The first date is over. Not much happened. President Obama and his new governing partners, the House and Senate Republicans, met at the White House along with the Democratic leaders and discussed the unsolvable issues between them. Even though...
  • Ed Rollins Says there are "No RINOS" Left in the Republican Party - Video

    02/08/2010 2:47:00 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 38 replies · 787+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 8, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of GOP Strategist Ed Rollins saying that there really are "no RINOS" (Republicans in Name Only) left in the Republican Party. He made the remark after John Avlon of "The Daily Beast" said that the Tea Party Movement is determined to run "RINOS" out of the Republican Party. (VIDEO)
  • Ed Rollins Says Obama Won Nobel Peace Prize Largely Because of his "Apology Tours" - Video 10/9/09

    10/10/2009 1:17:01 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 9 replies · 506+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | October 10, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Ed Rollins reacting to news that President Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Rollins congratulated Obama and said he is always glad when an American wins. But Rollins said Obama received the award largely because of his "apology tours," and that he now needed to earn the award with actual achievements. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Palin A "Shooting Star Crashing To Earth"? (so says Ed Rollins)

    07/04/2009 2:03:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 101 replies · 3,320+ views
    CBS News ^ | July 4, 2009
    If Sarah Palin thinks quitting the Alaskan statehouse is going to help a 2012 presidential campaign which some pundits speculate she's mulling, she's mistaken, according to longtime Republican strategist Ed Rollins...
  • Commentary: Don't Go To War Over Sotomayor

    05/28/2009 11:15:12 AM PDT · by steve-b · 56 replies · 1,404+ views
    CNN ^ | 5/28/09 | Ed Rollins
    Almost everybody cheers for the underdog -- maybe not those born to upper-class standing with great advantages, but those of us who weren't always want the little guy to be victorious. We want hard work and extra effort to be rewarded. Standing at the front of the East Room of the White House Tuesday morning were two Americans who clearly had started life as underdogs. One is now our president, son of a Kenyan. The other is the daughter of Puerto Rican parents who is about to sit on the highest court in the land. Both were born without privilege....
  • Commentary: Republicans must move to center (So says the Ripon Society)

    05/22/2009 12:06:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 1,449+ views
    CNN ^ | May 22, 2009 | Lou Zickar
    In his column last week, Ed Rollins said of the Republican Party, "We may be down for awhile, but what we won't become is a 'Democratic Party lite'! We are a party that wants smaller government and lower taxes. Obama and the Democrats do not. We are a party that wants to encourage small business." I used to work for Ed Rollins. He probably doesn't remember me; it was the election cycle of 1990, and I was one of his many employees at the National Republican Congressional Committee. My formal title was Deputy Director of Strategy and Research. But...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 18 May 2008

    05/18/2008 5:18:45 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 358 replies · 571+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 18 May 2008 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, May 18th, 2008 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Chris Dodd, D-Conn.; Rick Dutrow Jr., trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.; Republican strategist Mike Murphy; Democratic strategist Bob Shrum. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla.; Republican strategist Ed Rollins; former Govs. Mario Cuomo, D-N.Y., and Roy Romer, D-Colo.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Commerce Secretary Carlos...
  • Ed Rollins discusses and denies Huckabee exit strategy (Senate run from Arkansas)

    02/24/2008 12:38:17 PM PST · by gondramB · 34 replies · 167+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday February 24, 2008 | Ed Rollins
    This is an interview with Huckabee Campaign Chairman Ed Rollins from Sunday February 24, 2008 @ 1:35 P.M. on Fox News. Rollins is asked about a Senate run against the Democratic Senator from Arkansas. Rollins says this is not the plan and that there are no plans to run for the senate but points out that Governor Huckabee started as a Senate Candidate and that if he chose to run for the Senate, that Huckabee would be the strongest candidate.
  • Memorandum to Huckabee Campaigners

    02/08/2008 8:25:29 PM PST · by Tramonto · 23 replies · 44+ views
    2/8/2008 | Ed Rollins & Chip Saltsman
    Our Path to Victory at the Minneapolis-St. Paul convention Too many Republicans have tried to turn this nomination battle into a coronation, not a series of further election contests. Big mistake on their part. They are wrong. We know that we are running an underdog campaign, but that’s nothing new—we have always been the underdog. And yet a whole lot of onetime “overdogs” are now on the sidelines, licking their wounds. The Republican National Convention is seven long months away; a lot can happen in that much time. A lot will happen. But in the meantime, as you all know,...
  • Crackup? Not So Fast.(Karl Rove)

    02/02/2008 1:57:13 PM PST · by vietvet67 · 36 replies · 91+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Feb 11, 2008 Issue | Karl Rove
    "We are at the end of the Reagan era." Or, at least, that is the claim of voices as diverse as Newt Gingrich and Ed Rollins on the right and Sen. Chuck Schumer and pollster Stanley Greenberg on the left. It is true the Republican Party is having difficulty retooling its message for the 21st century. But so is the Democratic Party. Every presidential election is about change, and no more so than at the end of a two-term president's time in the White House. Parties have to constantly update themselves if they hope to remain relevant. The difficulty for...
  • A McCain-Thompson Alliance?

    01/15/2008 12:00:46 PM PST · by pissant · 107 replies · 92+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 1/15/08 | Perry Bacon
    Could Fred Thompson be Mike Huckabee's Kryptonite and allow his old friend John McCain to emerge as Superman in the GOP nomination process? Ed Rollins, Huckabee's campaign chairman, said in an interview yesterday it was his "sense" Thompson was continuing his campaign into South Carolina to pull votes of social conservatives from Huckabee and help McCain win in South Carolina. "If he loses this week, he will quickly endorse McCain," Rollins said. Jill Hazelbaker, a McCain spokeswoman, called the notion that McCain and Thompson have some kind of secret alliance "nonsense." Thompson campaign manager Bill Lacy, who worked with Rollins...
  • MR. ED (Rumor Rollins may be out)

    01/13/2008 9:29:03 PM PST · by keepitreal · 27 replies · 104+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | January 14, 2008 | The Prowler
    Less than six weeks after he signed on as the face of the national campaign, Huckabee senior political adviser Ed Rollins may be pushed out the door, according to Huckabee aides who are just beginning to sign on with the former Arkansas governor. "[Rollins] stepped all over our victory narrative in Iowa with that stunt he pulled in the diner with that blogger," says one of the newcomers to the campaign, referring the Rollins overheard conversation in Iowa diner by a blogger, where he claimed that the Huckabee campaign would go negative in South Carolina against its competitors. "If there...
  • Ed Rollins: My New Hero

    01/03/2008 7:26:17 PM PST · by MrArbitrage123 · 107 replies · 312+ views
    Ed Rollins is my new hero. It was nice to see him turn the tables on Chris Wallace and put that pompous man in his place. The treatment Fox News and "conservative" celebrities like Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham & Sean Hannity have given to Mike Huckabee is deserving of shame and infamy. Britt Hume is the one who truly disappoints me. I truly thought he would be above joining in the subtle mockery, condescension and propagation of distorted “facts” on this honorable man. Frankly, I would not at all be surprised if this so-called “blogger” whom Chris Wall claims “overheard”...
  • Mike Huckabee’s Venomous Frontman (Ed Rollins)

    01/03/2008 8:11:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 1,409+ views
    The Sundries Shack ^ | January 3, 2008
    Ed Rollins is a nasty, nasty piece of work. Here he was tonight on Fox News: Rollins: The wise men like you who say Huckabee doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in heck - well, he can still go out and take his message to the people. And we’ve seen all the wisdom doesn’t live in Washington, and all the wisdom doesn’t live in the press corps.” Wallace: You can accuse me of a lot of things, but I would note we’ve had Mike Huckabee on Fox News Sunday several times— Rollins: —and we’re very grateful for the opportunity to take...
  • Huckabee Chairman Ed Rollins Trashes Romney

    01/03/2008 3:40:03 PM PST · by Mike Bates · 76 replies · 176+ views
    Townhall ^ | 1/3/2008 | Amanda Carpenter
    Amanda Carpenter files this report from the ground in Iowa: At a hole-in-the wall Des Moines eatery, Mike Huckabee’s campaign chairman loudly bashed their top rival presidential candidate Mitt Romney and made several predictions to two national television reporters. I overheard Rollins’ conversation while dining in a restaurant called Winston’s located close to Huckabee’s Iowa headquarters and took notes on my computer. Below is a compilation of what I heard: -He distinctly talked about going negative in South Carolina and told someone on the phone to “put some good in there if you have to, with the bad. Do what...
  • Winning The Ed Rollins Way ™

    01/02/2008 8:30:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,411+ views
    Six Meat Buffet ^ | January 2, 2008 | Brian
    Johnny Dollar’s got the video of that irascible Ed Rollins shooting off his mouth. Nothing serious. Usually when Rollins shoots off his mouth he finds himself in the unemployment line or wounding the candidate he alleges to support with friendly fire. The Man Who Helped Reagan Win 49 States ™ indeed. Yea. Take “Reagan” out of that bio and what’s left of Vallejo’s finest? Ed Rollins - guiding the gay, yet somehow married to Arianna, Michael Huffington to Senate defeat? The mastermind behind billionaire Ross Perot’s Presidency? Claiming that he bribed black ministers to suppress the black vote to help...
  • Shake, Rattle and Roil the Grand Ol’ Coalition (Huck advisor says Reagan coalition is "gone")

    12/29/2007 8:11:39 PM PST · by ellery · 12 replies · 66+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/30/07 | Jeremy M. Lange
    AS a Republican presidential primary candidate, Mike Huckabee is a puzzle. A Southern Baptist pastor and thoroughgoing social conservative, Mr. Huckabee has struck a distinctly populist chord when it comes to economics. He has criticized executive pay, sympathized with labor unions, denounced “plutocracy,” and mocked the antitax group the Club for Growth as “the Club for Greed.” And when it comes to foreign affairs he sometimes sounds almost liberal; for example, comparing the United States’ place in the world to “a top high school student, if it is modest about its abilities and achievements, if it is generous in helping...
  • Rush responds to Huck peace offering

    12/23/2007 1:15:52 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 122 replies · 284+ views
    Rush responds to Huck peace offering Rush Limbaugh — responding to Mike Huckabee's peace offering — said today that he doesn't need to talk with the former Arkansas governor. "I saw his comments and accept them as honest, sincere and genuine," Limbaugh wrote in an e-mail. Still, the conservative talk show host indicated his continued displeasure at the anonymous remarks Thursday from a Huckabee backer suggesting he takes his cues from the "D.C./Manhattan chattering class" that sparked this conflagration. "What was somewhat stunning about all this is that NO ONE in the GOP field, including advisers and staff, could possibly...
  • Ed Rollins: "Ronald Reagan was never pro-choice"

    12/21/2007 12:39:38 PM PST · by AFA-Michigan · 41 replies · 412+ views
    CBS NEWS ^ | December 20, 2007 | Brian Goldsmith
    Romney slander on Reagan abortion record "totally untrue," former Reagan campaign manager said (snip) But the Romney people would argue that Ronald Reagan, whom you served as political director and campaign manager, changed his position (on abortion). Ed Rollins: Let me tell you the Ronald Reagan story. The Ronald Reagan story which (the Romney people) have used over and over again is totally untrue. First of all, Roe vs. Wade had not occurred yet [during his early years as governor]. RONALD REAGAN WAS NEVER PRO-CHOICE. Ronald Reagan signed a law that allowed women who had had psychiatric damage and...
  • Ed Rollins: Huckabee Will Win Iowa (Says His Candidate is Most Like Reagan)

    12/21/2007 8:55:52 AM PST · by wastedpotential · 166 replies · 99+ views
    CBS News - Political Players Interview ^ | 12/21/2007 | Brian Goldsmith Let’s start with the attacks on Governor Huckabee from a lot of Republican establishment figures lately. Rush Limbaugh has called him “the Huckster.” Rich Lowry, the editor of the National Review, has said it would be suicide to nominate him. Why do you think he's provoking all of this criticism? Ed Rollins: Well, I think first of all he is not an establishment candidate. I don't think anybody anticipated early on when he started to run that he would do as well as he's doing. Some of these guys have picked other candidates. And I think, to a certain...