Ed Rollins: Unless she wins Iowa, Bachmann doesn’t have the ability or the resources to contend

posted at 4:45 pm on September 19, 2011 by Allahpundit

Why is this perfectly accurate statement of political reality newsworthy? Is it because some outlets are getting the quote wrong and claiming that he said she has no chance after Iowa, period? Is it because campaign advisors — even informal ones like Rollins — aren’t supposed to acknowledge the long odds against their candidate, even when those odds are apparent to all sentient beings watching? Or is it because Rollins has a history of shanking the people he works for (or used to work for) and this clip suggests there may be much, much more shanking to come? In fact, this segment was a lost opportunity for Mitchell. If it’s shanking she wanted, she should have followed up with him on his stunning ambivalence last week when Matthews pressed him on whether he thinks Bachmann should be president. First question: Why work for a candidate whom you’re not gung-ho to see elected?

Speaking of Bachmann’s liabilities, if you missed it in Headlines earlier read this CNN piece about how conservative rock star Nikki Haley supported a mandatory HPV vaccine for girls back when she was a state rep in South Carolina. She eventually turned against it because it didn’t include an opt-out — which means, in practice, she held the same position as Perry did in Texas. Very curious that Bachmann would be so chummy with her under those circumstances, given her abject horror at Perry’s menacing imposition on “innocent little 12-year-old girls.” But then, there have been a lot of curiosities lately.

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Ed Rollins is the GOP stalking horse. He’s way to smart to actually support people like Huckabee or Bachmann, he just leads them into the fray, lets them muddy things up a bit to make the establishment character look good, and then he leaves.

ernesto on September 19, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Ed Rollins’ saving grace is he has a really big mouth. The last 20 years he makes as much news as the candidates he works for. It’s funny.

Paul-Cincy on September 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

First question: Why work for a candidate whom you’re not gung-ho to see elected?

Because it’ a job and not everyone loves their employer but they show up for work because they need a paycheck.

angryed on September 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Rollins is a hack, and Bachmann’s decision to hire him sealed her fate.

conservative pilgrim on September 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I looked at your link re: Rollins history to Jim Geraghty:

This is just Rollins being Rollins. Whatever his health issues, he’s still hale and hearty enough to wield a shiv.

That sort of sums it up.

INC on September 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM

With friends like Rollins, who needs enemies?

David in ATL on September 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Iowa doesn’t matter. Nor New Hampshire. South Carolina is where it matter the most.

jdun on September 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM

She doesn’t have the brains to contend, even if she wins Iowa.

cool breeze on September 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Or if that evil needle-raper Darth Perry doesn’t get her with the syringe of retardation before then!

catmman on September 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM

This is giving me a headache.

SouthernGent on September 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Or if that evil needle-raper Darth Perry doesn’t get her with the syringe of retardation before then!

catmman on September 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM

too late.

portlandon on September 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Did your last paycheck bounce, Mr. Rollins?

Knucklehead on September 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM

I think this story is newsworthy because Rollins has a history of back-stabbing the candidates he works for and …

hiring Rollins in the first place proves how unbalanced Michelle Bachmann is.

HondaV65 on September 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Ed Rollins: Unless she wins Iowa, Bachmann doesn’t have the ability or the resources to contend

Wow, what a revelation? You mean if Perry wins Iowa(which presumably makes him the overwhelming favorite in South Carolina), Bachmann is toast? Or if Mittens pulls off the miracle in Iowa and then wins New Hampshire, that doesn’t make him the heavy favorite in the entire race? I’m glad Ed Rollins is around to tell me the obvious.

Doughboy on September 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Is some way to have Ed Rollins manage Ron Paul’s campaign?

SlaveDog on September 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Yes, we know that, Ed. MB prooved what a loser she is by hiring you in the first place.

Really Right on September 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Did your last paycheck bounce, Mr. Rollins?

Knucklehead on September 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Rollins worked for Bachmann, not Christine O’Donnell.

portlandon on September 19, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Iowa doesn’t matter. Nor New Hampshire. South Carolina is where it matter the most.

jdun on September 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Just further evidence of how mentally derranged Michelle Bachmann is. She is all hyper-indignant over Perry and the HPV – but now she’s going to have to kiss Nicky Haley’s ass in order to do well in the Palmetto state.

Michelle Bachmann, once again – outflanks herself.

HondaV65 on September 19, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Hiring and paying someone to stab you in the back is most unfortunate.

Cindy Munford on September 19, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Did your last paycheck bounce, Mr. Rollins?

Knucklehead on September 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM

If Bachmann continues to pay him after this remark, she deserves to lose.

Fallon on September 19, 2011 at 5:01 PM

MB is still kicking Palin’s ass by going where Palin fears to tread.

Bishop on September 19, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Speaking of Bachmann’s liabilities, if you missed it in Headlines earlier read this CNN piece about how conservative rock star Nikki Haley supported a mandatory HPV vaccine for girls back when she was a state rep in South Carolina. She eventually turned against it because it didn’t include an opt-out — which means, in practice, she held the same position as Perry did in Texas. Very curious that Bachmann would be so chummy with her under those circumstances, given her abject horror at Perry’s menacing imposition on “innocent little 12-year-old girls.” But then, there have been a lot of curiosities lately.

Actually, its not all that curious if you do your research. What these articles fail to mention is that Gov. Haley called Rep. Bachmann yesterday to discuss the Governor’s stance on this controversial issue, and Haley assured Bachmann that she only supported the mandate after someone at a South Carolina town-hall personally told her that it was the special kind of HPV vaccine that didn’t bamage your kids’ drains .

Lawdawg86 on September 19, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Hey! Nikki Haley supported a mandatory HPV vaccine for girls. Sarah Palin endorsed Nikki Haley.

(Just thought I’d give this thread a boost.)

SlaveDog on September 19, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Gardasil as an issue/non-issue, still?

rob verdi on September 19, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Is it because campaign advisors — even informal ones like Rollins — aren’t supposed to acknowledge the long odds against their candidate

Of course. You NEVER do that. Buy low, sell high. Sell the candidate.

Paul-Cincy on September 19, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Rollins – does more damage on the record than any leaker could hope to accomplish.

Oh, and by the way, this pretty much means Bachmann’s an anchor now. Her implosion was a firework – fantastic to watch and accompanied by a reduction to useless ash.

KingGold on September 19, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Bachmann is done.

Rollins kept her on message and on point while in charge, she started to self destruct with this vaccine stuff after he left. Having said that, Rollins is an attention whore and being highly unprofessional by repeatedly coming out and downplaying the candidate he formerly worked for.

Daemonocracy on September 19, 2011 at 5:09 PM

MB is still kicking Palin’s ass by going where Palin fears to tread.

Bishop on September 19, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Ahhh…A day without Bishop is like a day without sunshine. That’s some mighty light test line for a Rollins’ thread.

Fallon on September 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Maybe the trolling motor is too loud for these waters. What the hey.

Bishop on September 19, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Maybe the trolling motor is too loud for these waters. What the hey.

Bishop on September 19, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Mayfly hatch last night?

Knucklehead on September 19, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Is some way to have Ed Rollins manage Ron Paul’s Barack Obama’s campaign?

SlaveDog on September 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

This immediately struck me…

turfmann on September 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Ed Rollins is not the most loyal dude, huh?

terryannonline on September 19, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Actually, its not all that curious if you do your research. What these articles fail to mention is that Gov. Haley called Rep. Bachmann yesterday to discuss the Governor’s stance on this controversial issue, and Haley assured Bachmann that she only supported the mandate after someone at a South Carolina town-hall personally told her that it was the special kind of HPV vaccine that didn’t bamage your kids’ drains .Lawdawg86 on September 19, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Link?

a capella on September 19, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Is some way to have Ed Rollins manage Ron Paul’s Barack Obama’s campaign?

SlaveDog on September 19, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Folks we have a thread winner!

CW on September 19, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Maybe the trolling motor is too loud for these waters. What the hey.

Bishop on September 19, 2011 at 5:14 PM

You may want to try the Palin thread, many of the fish you seek are there.

cozmo on September 19, 2011 at 5:36 PM

I don’t give a lot of credit to staffers who’ve been fired by their candidate for incompetence!

joe_doufu on September 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Link?

a capella on September 19, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Sorry, much like the relation of vaccines to autism, I do not have a link. I heard that story from from an acquaintance in the waiting room at the doctor’s office… or maybe it was the liquor store. Either way, this source is solid.

Lawdawg86 on September 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Anyone who goes to work for a candidate and then trash talks them afterward, assuming the candidate breaks no laws, should never work again. Again, this goes to lack of judgement on Bachmann’s part in hiring him and retaining him after he committed political suicide with Palin’s supporters.

Rollins is the kind of guy who would upload pornos of ex-girlfriends to the web.

Immolate on September 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Are we still talking about Ms. “Gardasil = Mental Retardation” Bachmann who sunk her own ship while trying to launch a Gardasil surface-to-air missile at Team Perry? LOL…

Bachmann irreparably damaged herself with her over-the-top attacks on Perry while engaging in a kissfest with the chief RINO, Mr. “I will never apologize for my Obamacare precursor” Romney.

As a result, I made a prediction a few days ago that she would drop in the polls at the expense of Gingrich and Cain, the two who have remained gentlemen throughout the debates.

Now let’s have a look at the latest Real Clear Politics poll trendlines:

1. Bachmann is trending down.

2. Gingrich and Cain are trending up.

3. The gap between the two frontrunners, Perry and Romney, is tightening as any savvy political “junkie” knew it would.

et’s see what the next few weeks will bring.

OT: Perry says he is not particularly worried by the barrage he’s received – he’s used to it.

“I’ve taken the heat before, and I’m not particularly worried about this barrage,” Perry said in an interview with USA TODAY during a day of campaigning to friendly audiences in Iowa, where he hopes a victory in the opening caucuses next year will help catapult him to the nomination. He defends his record and dismisses the suggestion that damaging disclosures might undo his remarkable political rise.

TheRightMan on September 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Rollins’ last gig.

paul1149 on September 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Bachmann has been finished ever since Perry got in. Even Gingrich is ahead of her in a recent poll.

I wish some of these candidates like Santorum, Huntsman and Bachmann would just drop out.

therightwinger on September 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

O/T the link wouldn’t go through, the Foo Fighters were protesting Westboro Baptist Church, nice video on CNN. They are on a truck surrounded by America Flags and Dave Grohl is singing a song about man love, but even better lady love. At the end of the video is a sign made for WBC “Foo You” LOL!

This and Rollins dishing primary gossip this early in the campaign season – today has been a good day. I am sure there are Hillary supporters that wish John Edwards’ campaign manager had done like wise back in 2008, she might have won Iowa.

I Love Me Some Foo Fighters.

Dr Evil on September 19, 2011 at 6:02 PM

My opinion is that Ed Rollins
became her campaign manager in an attempt to make himself
relevant in the 2012 election. Never did I think that he
was trying in any way to get Bauchmann elected.

The only way for him to gain attention now that he is no longer
her campaign manager is for him to bash her at every opportunity.

OMG, this guy is an ugly toad!

Amjean on September 19, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Bachmann has been finished ever since Perry got in. Even Gingrich is ahead of her in a recent poll.

I wish some of these candidates like Santorum, Huntsman and Bachmann would just drop out.

therightwinger on September 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

They need to stay in the race as some of them make the debates
and other dialogue interesting.

Amjean on September 19, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Again, this goes to lack of judgement on Bachmann’s part in hiring him and retaining him after he committed political suicide with Palin’s supporters.

This was the self-inflicted fatal wound as far as this Palin Supporter is concerned -and that goes for that elitist crowd of conservative pretenders in the GOP. Why we really don’t fight the left is now very understandable -they loved the stastus quo -don’t rock the boat or clean up the party.

Don L on September 19, 2011 at 6:05 PM

MB is still kicking Palin’s ass by going where Palin fears to tread.

Bishop on September 19, 2011 at 5:01 PM

If the ugliness that comes out of your mouth is also reflected
in your appearance, I can see why you are still upset the pretty
girls in high school ignored your sorry self.

Amjean on September 19, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Folks we have a thread winner!

CW on September 19, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Hooray!

What do I win?

Is it shiny? Will it go fast?

turfmann on September 19, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Bishop the lure is still catching them I see..:)

Dire Straits on September 19, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Again, this goes to lack of judgement on Bachmann’s part in hiring him and retaining him after he committed political suicide with Palin’s supporters.

This was the self-inflicted fatal wound as far as this Palin Supporter is concerned -and that goes for that elitist crowd of conservative pretenders in the GOP. Why we really don’t fight the left is now very understandable -they loved the stastus quo -don’t rock the boat or clean up the party.

Don L on September 19, 2011 at 6:05 PM

They probably thought the support for Palin was softer and MB could steal that. Didn’t work.

the_nile on September 19, 2011 at 6:11 PM

MB’s supporters even prior to Ed Rollins were running around
Iowa and South Caroline telling Palin supporters that MB was
good friends with Palin and that they knew with certainty that
Palin was not going to run.

Therefore, I do not feel too sorry for MB; “what goes around
comes around”.

We need to keep her in the debates tho. They would be boring
without her.

Amjean on September 19, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Crazy Eyes meet your Judas……Ed Rollins.

Duh, friggin duh Michelle.

PappyD61 on September 19, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Bachmann is never going to have lots of resources. She should just make that point herself that she isn’t going to get any crony cash. Then she would get cash from businesses because of what it would look like if they don’t contribute to the candidate who swears off favors. Plus you can make it clear that you’ll punish any companies that contribute to the Democrats, which is justifiable since there is no legitimate reason for a company to contribute to a Democrat.

Perry might have trouble now that there will always be a lot of scrutiny of his donors and any favors those donors might receive in the future. They don’t need that stress.

Buddahpundit on September 19, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Buddahpundit on September 19, 2011 at 6:36 PM

LOL…

You must be under a lot of stress seeing your candidate (whoever that is) fail to get any traction and dislodge Perry or, if you are supporting Palin, still taking her sweet time to tell you she is NOT running. :).

But seriously:

Plus you can make it clear that you’ll punish any companies that contribute to the Democrats, which is justifiable since there is no legitimate reason for a company to contribute to a Democrat.

You do know we are still in a free country, right? Last I checked, it’s not become the United Soviet States of America despite Obama’s efforts.

TheRightMan on September 19, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Just further evidence of how mentally derranged Michelle Bachmann is. She is all hyper-indignant over Perry and the HPV – but now she’s going to have to kiss Nicky Haley’s ass in order to do well in the Palmetto state.

Michelle Bachmann, once again – outflanks herself.

HondaV65 on September 19, 2011 at 4:57 PM

I don’t think Gov. Haley will endorse Bachmann, since she is more in line with Gov. Perry on the HPV. She had problems in her State when mandating the vaccine and her co-sponsors dropped out after an uproar. However, she is still very much in favor of the vaccine.
Bachmann has demonized not only Gov. Perry, but Merck and the vaccine and is coming under fire for repeatedly calling it dangerous. Bachmann has allowed her quest for the Presidency to overrule common sense. She is fearmongering an Anti-Cancer drug and she needs to keep her mouth shut, before she hears from Merck.

bluefox on September 19, 2011 at 7:19 PM

In that video clip of Rollins, I detected some criticizm of Bachmann. Just enough that he may be trying to let her know that she “really” needs him:-) He also gave Perry a couple of digs too in support of Bachmann. I think he’s playing both sides of the fence. Just my observation.

bluefox on September 19, 2011 at 7:28 PM

MB’s supporters even prior to Ed Rollins were running around
Iowa and South Caroline telling Palin supporters that MB was
good friends with Palin and that they knew with certainty that
Palin was not going to run.

Amjean on September 19, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Yes, I read that also. She really needs to drop out in my opinion.
She is damaging the GOP, the Tea Party with her insanity. We, as a Party have enough to contend with, i.e., the Dems/W.H./RINOS and don’t need this flaky fake Palin wannabe which is really an Obama-lite in my opinion.

bluefox on September 19, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Plus you can make it clear that you’ll punish any companies that contribute to the Democrats, which is justifiable since there is no legitimate reason for a company to contribute to a Democrat.

TheRightMan on September 19, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Great point. Why any person or company would want to contribute to their demise is beyond me!!

bluefox on September 19, 2011 at 7:52 PM

It’s interesting – every time Perry takes yet another dip in the polls vs. Obama, another anti-Bachmann post goes up on HA, it’s like clockwork:

RCP Average
8/27- 9/18
Obama 48.6
Perry 42.3
Obama +6.3

whatcat on September 19, 2011 at 7:58 PM

It’s interesting – every time Perry takes yet another dip in the polls vs. Obama, another anti-Bachmann post goes up on HA, it’s like clockwork:

RCP Average
8/27- 9/18
Obama 48.6
Perry 42.3
Obama +6.3

whatcat on September 19, 2011 at 7:58 PM

LOL. Who is being polled that is showing B.O. at 48.6? The Dems are ready to beg him to not run and or resign, so I don’t know who’s voting for him in the polls. The RINOS? LOL B.O. support keeps dropping, so who knows.

bluefox on September 19, 2011 at 8:24 PM

MB is still kicking Palin’s ass by going where Palin fears to tread.

Bishop on September 19, 2011 at 5:01 PM

If the ugliness that comes out of your mouth is also reflected
in your appearance, I can see why you are still upset the pretty
girls in high school ignored your sorry self.

Amjean on September 19, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Bishop, you must like to live dangerously. You could catch all kinds of nasty stuff riding trolls bareback the way you do. Practice safe sarcasm — use ///!

(Amjean, I know you’re not a troll! You weren’t Bishop’s intended prey. :-) )

Mary in LA on September 19, 2011 at 8:41 PM

The latest national poll:
– Perry 31%
– Romney 24%
– Ron Paul 13%
– Bachmann 5%

Rollins doesn’t have to say a word.

popularpeoplesfront on September 19, 2011 at 10:15 PM

(Amjean, I know you’re not a troll! You weren’t Bishop’s intended prey. :-) )

Mary in LA on September 19, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Mary:amjean is a palin cultist of the idesign/promachus ‘school’.
She might as well be a troll.
*Btw:She’s been here for a while-so she knew damn well what Bish was doing. *

annoyinglittletwerp on September 20, 2011 at 1:40 AM