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    Michele Bachmann’s First Big Mistake – Hiring Ed Rollins

    Michele Bachmann’s First Big Mistake – Hiring Ed Rollins

    As I’ve said before, I like Michele Bachmann.  

    Not surprisingly, Bachmann has come under the same types of snide attack as Sarah Palin from the mainstream media, entertainment industry and left-blogosphere.  There is a special place reserved for conservative women in the Democratic toolkit of mockery and derision.

    But Bachmann just made a big mistake.  I’ll repeat what I wrote when Mike Huckabee was considering whether to run again with Ed Rollins as his campaign manager:

    Run, don’t walk, away from Ed Rollins and the others who think that demeaning Sarah Palin is the best way to advance your campaign.

    Sure enough, Rollins having just been hired by Bachmann, is at it again (via Ben Smith):

    Michele 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, she has been an attorney, she has done important things with family values.”

    “She is probably the best communicator [in the GOP field] now that Mike Huckabee’s not in there,” he said.

    Rollins has long been skeptical of Palin, but his new role with Bachmann suggests that criticism will become part of her campaign, though she has publicly praised the former Alaska governor

    Hiring Rollins was a mistake.  In order to have a chance, you will have to unite the non-establishment wing of the party behind you, and you lose a big chunk of that base when your campaign spokesman trashes Palin.

    Additionally, the Democrats and their supporters are going to Palinize you, and already have started.  Having your campaign spokesman engage in the same sort of rhetoric against Palin simply legitimizes the tactic, and will hurt your campaign.

    Please take advice from someone who likes you.  Dump Rollins overboard now, before it’s too late.

    Update:  Ed Rollins is on the Chris Matthews show as this update is being written, and is going out of his way to belittle Palin, including saying that Palin “”doesn’t matter if she doesn’t run.”  Rollins also jumped on the Paul Revere controversy.  According to Rollins, Palin “has the movie star quality but it doesn’t go very far.”

    Hiring Rollins is an enormous mistake for Bachmann.  It could be campaign killing.  The people who hate Palin are the same people who hate Bachmann, and no amount of trashing of Palin by Rollins will change that.  Bachmann needs to focus on building, not tearing down.

    Update 6-8-2011:  Here’s how they will go after Bachmann, sounds like our resident troll talking about Palin:

    Don’t get me wrong — Bachmann is neither a serious legislator nor a serious thinker. Her ideas are radical nearly to the point of being nuts, and the thought of her in the Oval Office is, well, unsettling. As a representative of the extreme right, she’d have almost no chance of beating Barack Obama in a general election. But the other candidates in the race could well find her to be more formidable than they expect.


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    viator | June 8, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Another thing ignorant Palinphobes might want to check out, before they shoot their mouths off, is the repository of all her speeches, commentaries, face book posts and other material much of it transcribed and all of it categorized. There are hundreds of pages of material, rich with hotlinks, references and sources. There are links to things Palin has read or thinks important. Don't be fooled by the video part, although there is a lot of video, dig in to the wealth of written material.

    Palin Policy and Issues

    One of the many points Bannon made at the Heritage Foundation in the above link is this:

    He is the official filmmaker of the Reagan Ranch. The East German Stasi had a file on Ronald Reagan in which they said he is the one American politician they feared the most (and weren't they right) because:

    "His words and deeds are one and the same"

    Bannon makes the case that this is also true of Sarah Palin.

    So, Professor, you're sticking to your "he just hates Palin" rejoinder. Kind of thin gruel since my opinion about Palin is shared by so many millions of Americans, including huge swaths of Republican voters, as shown by:

    — The fact that in the last dozen or so polls of Republican voters' primary preferences, Palin tops out at 15 percent or so, despite her having close to 100 percent voter ID and having run as the veep candidate two years ago. And you'd be hard put to find more than a couple of those polls in the past year where she led the GOP field, despite having been a national candidate in 2008'

    — The fact that over that two year period, her approval or favorability ratings have actually gone down!

    — The fact that while the other more or less equally well known GOP figures — Romney and Huckabee — have run competitively in match-ups againsf Obama, Palin consistently loses by wide margins.

    Really, all the folks who simply do not want Palin for Oresudent do NOT hate her. Why is that so hard to grasp? I don't want Obama to be reelected (a significant reason why I do not want Palin as the nominee), but that does not mean i hate him.

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