Bachmann Adviser Ed Rollins Slams Palin, Previously Slammed Bachmann

Ed Rollins tells the truth until he starts getting paid
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Fire up the JiffyPop, folks, because Michele Bachmann’s (R-Mars) new adviser Ed Rollins attacked Sarah “Bells” Palin yesterday, by telling the truth about her: Bachmann strategist blasts Palin: ‘Not serious’.

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.”

And today, Rollins is backpedaling — but not too strenuously: Bachmann adviser: ‘My misstep’ on Palin.

“As far as we’re concerned, it’s not” an ongoing fight, he insisted. “This was my one comment, which I shouldn’t have made, at the end of the day this has nothing to do with Michele, Michele’s campaign, or any of the rest of it. This was my transition from being an analyst to a political strategist, and I missed a step.” …

Of Team Palin’s call for a retraction, he said, “What’s the retraction? I say she’s serious?”

Of course, before he started taking paychecks from Bachmann’s PAC, Ed Rollins was singing a different tune: Bachmann’s Campaign Guru in January: She’s Not a ‘Serious Player’.

In late January, Rollins appeared on CNN, where he’s been a frequent commentator, to discuss the Republican Party’s response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. After praising Obama’s speech and the GOP’s official rebuttal, given by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Rollins dismissed Bachmann’s poorly produced “tea party response.” In doing so, Rollins questioned Bachmann’s role as a credible Republican leader. Moreover, he suggested Bachmann ought not be representing the Republican Party.

“Michele Bachmann obviously is a member of Congress and a representative of the tea party,” Rollins told CNN�viewers. “But at the end of the day, we have to get our serious players out front and talking about the things that matter to be the alternative to the president and Democrats.” In other words, he did not consider Bachmann a “serious”�GOP player. (Just this week, Rollins bashed another tea party leader, Sarah Palin, as someone who “has not been serious over the last couple of years.”)

More recently, Rollins dismissed Bachmann’s chances in the 2012 presidential race. In April, weeks after Bachmann revealed her plan to form a presidential exploratory committee, Rollins appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball and offered his two cents about what kind of politician would win the GOP nomination:

At the end of the day, you know, we’re going to have a candidate who has been a governor, I assume. There’s no Washingtonians in this mix. It ain’t going to be Donald Trump. I don’t think it’s going to be Congresswoman Bachmann.

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42 comments
1 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:36:00am

one pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small…

2 Obdicut  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:36:43am

Ethics for sale.

3 Kragar  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:41:16am

So I guess Rollins is just another one of those party insiders whose trashing Palin because he’s scared of her. That’s what Rush is saying is behind all these attacks on Palin by other Republicans.

4 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:42:05am

Talk about hitching your wagon to a boulder.

5 Kragar  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:42:41am

re: #4 Fat Bastard Vegetarian

Talk about hitching your wagon to a boulder.

Hey, as long as she pays the bills, right?

6 Obdicut  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:43:09am

re: #4 Fat Bastard Vegetarian

You can earn a lot of money shoveling against the tide.

7 laZardo  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:43:27am

I will now attempt to go to bed after a certain previous reference downthread. Wish me luck~

8 lawhawk  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:44:52am

Ed Rollins is a political adviser. It’s his job is to make his client look good and to bash opposing politicians. It’s all situational. He can slam opponents but not too strenuously because he might one day be called upon to render services to that person.

9 elizajane  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:45:18am

Republicans engage again in their favorite sport: eating their own. Who’s surprised?

10 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:46:16am

re: #8 lawhawk

Be Careful Whose Toes You Step on Today Because They Might Be Connected to the Foot That Kicks Your Ass Tomorrow.

11 RanchTooth  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:46:52am

re: #4 Fat Bastard Vegetarian

Talk about hitching your wagon to a boulder.

All Hail Sisyphus!

12 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:47:20am

re: #9 elizajane

All political. Happens all the time. Has no party loyalty.

13 jamesfirecat  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:48:21am

Palin V Bachmann… I only hope they both loose…

14 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:48:35am

George Plimpton’s Video Falconry

Get it today for your ColecoVision, the only system you’ll ever need

15 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:50:31am

re: #11 RanchTooth

All Hail Sisyphus!

She’ll be his Succubus.

16 Lidane  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:51:01am

re: #3 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

So I guess Rollins is just another one of those party insiders whose trashing Palin because he’s scared of her. That’s what Rush is saying is behind all these attacks on Palin by other Republicans.

Of course. Everyone is scared of her. All the laughter is just a cover for their fear.

///

17 Bulworth  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:52:14am

I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am nonetheless, that Rollins would sign up with Bachman to begin with, because his initial response to her seems pretty accurate—she isn’t a serious player. Although given how crazy the GOP seems to be getting, who’s to say.

But good catch on finding Rollins’ reaction to Bachman in January.

18 Bulworth  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:53:57am

I guess none of the more “serious” GOP candidates considered Rollins sufficiently “serious” to run their campaigns….

I suppose “serious” is in the eye of the beholder who wants back into the political game.

19 Lidane  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 10:54:22am

re: #2 Obdicut

Ethics for sale.

You have to have ethics in order to be able to sell them. Ed Rollins is just a political hack.

20 makeitstop  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:00:47am

re: #17 Bulworth

I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am nonetheless, that Rollins would sign up with Bachman to begin with, because his initial response to her seems pretty accurate—she isn’t a serious player. Although given how crazy the GOP seems to be getting, who’s to say.

But good catch on finding Rollins’ reaction to Bachman in January.

He goes where the money is, simple as that.

21 theheat  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:04:11am

When disgusting rats rat on each other… Something about “if a tree falls in the forest…”

Mostly, WTF even cares? They’re a bunch of backstabbing, counterfeit, right wing lunatics that would gladly fuck each other over for a spot at first teat. One minute they’re mortal enemies and critics, next thing you know they’re BFFs. All sickening individuals.

It’s a heirarchy of rats. With fewer redeeming qualities.

22 zora  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:06:02am

rollins is doing his job and he’s going to have to work hard for money he makes advising bachman. going from huckabee to bachmann doesn’t seem that far of a leap. i don’t think huckabee, bachmann, or palin are serious candidates, btw.

23 jaunte  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:06:22am
before he started taking paychecks from Bachmann’s PAC, Ed Rollins was singing a different tune


Checks issued by the First Interplanetary Bank (Mars).

24 OhCrapIHaveACrushOnSarahPalin  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:06:32am

Hooray for elections - that’s one way to get us out of a jobless recession. Just run for office and start filling campaign slots.

Bunch of ripoff artists..they’re not even bothering to hide it.

25 leftynyc  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:06:47am

re: #17 Bulworth

I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am nonetheless, that Rollins would sign up with Bachman to begin with, because his initial response to her seems pretty accurate—she isn’t a serious player. Although given how crazy the GOP seems to be getting, who’s to say.

But good catch on finding Rollins’ reaction to Bachman in January.

She’s not credible as a Pres candidate but just watch her get picked for VP.

26 theheat  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:10:09am

re: #25 leftynyc

Whatever marginal not-for-real moderate might get the pick will be chained with a dyed in the wool fundie as VP.

27 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:10:19am

re: #25 leftynyc

She’s not credible as a Pres candidate but just watch her get picked for VP.

If Romney survives his own party nominating process, he will have to pick Bachmann or someone more conservative in order to guarantee the support of the party “base”.

28 theheat  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:11:44am

re: #27 ralphieboy

Romney/Huckabilly, Romney/Pawlenty. Romney/Santorum, Romney/Bachmann. I’m thinking something along those lines.

29 Kragar  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:13:27am

Randall Terry Kicks Off Presidential Campaign With Iowa Ads


Last year, Randall Terry hit upon the idea of running for president in order to exploit a loophole that would allow him to air graphic anti-abortion ads on television.

His campaign motto: “to bring America face to face with aborted babies.”

His site contains several ads in waiting to air

30 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:14:43am

re: #29 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)


Just what we need to produce more jobs

31 ProBosniaLiberal  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:15:25am

re: #29 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

I wonder how much he cares about those infants in poverty, and those who are in families where it is difficult to get healthcare?

32 Bulworth  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:15:45am

re: #28 theheat

Romney/Huckabilly, Romney/Pawlenty. Romney/Santorum, Romney/Bachmann. I’m thinking something along those lines.

Sounds about right.

Although T-Paw has just upped the ante with his magical, genie in a bottle (There shall be 5% growth for a decade economic “plan”).

33 Bulworth  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:16:31am

re: #31 ProLifeLiberal

I wonder how much he cares about those infants in poverty, and those who are in families where it is difficult to get healthcare?

0

34 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:16:44am

re: #31 ProLifeLiberal

I wonder how much he cares about those infants in poverty, and those who are in families where it is difficult to get healthcare?

remember santorum’s quote about how social security is in trouble because of all those aborted babies.

if they had lived, then we would just have more unemployment and poverty…

35 makeitstop  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:17:21am

re: #29 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Randall Terry Kicks Off Presidential Campaign With Iowa Ads

His campaign motto: “to bring America face to face with aborted babies.”

His site contains several ads in waiting to air

Another huckster jumps on the truck.

Is there a single GOP wannabe that isn’t running for the sole purpose of padding their bank accounts?

36 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:17:25am

Republicans [Link: littlegreenfootballs.com…]

37 RanchTooth  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:17:41am

re: #29 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Randall Terry Kicks Off Presidential Campaign With Iowa Ads

His campaign motto: “to bring America face to face with aborted babies.”

His site contains several ads in waiting to air

[Link: www.mrctv.org…]

Love this gem of a video where he says Obama has made America his slave on a socialist plantation. What a crock.

38 ProBosniaLiberal  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:18:26am

re: #37 RanchTooth

And he’s a racist too. What a POS.

39 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:19:59am

re: #29 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Why on Earth would you link that!?!?

Glad I didn’t click it.

Oh. Guess I didn’t have to.

40 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:29:52am

re: #37 RanchTooth

Brilliant ad, he has promised nothing concrete, just to be opposed to whatever attempts anyone makes to solve our problems.

41 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:32:49am

Lie down with goofballs, get up without your IQ.

42 Feline Fearless Leader  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 11:39:41am

re: #23 jaunte

Checks issued by the First Interplanetary Bank (Mars).

Valid only after the Earth-shattering kaboom? Or until then?


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