Let the Games Begin!

We really did plan on addressing this earlier, but as we wrote the Morning Blather, it developed just as presented. But thank God there’s fresh dirt to report.

And so, maestro, strike up the tympani!

Michele Bachmann’s new political chief Ed Rollins, Tuesday:

“Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years. 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.”

Ed Rollins, this morning:

Bachmann will “be so much more substantive,” Rollins said. “People are going to say, ‘I gotta make a choice and go with the intelligent woman who’s every bit as attractive’… I’m not afraid of Palin.”

SarahPAC chief of staff Michael Glassner, this afternoon:

“Beltway political strategist Ed Rollins has a long, long track record of taking high profile jobs and promptly sticking his foot in his mouth. 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 and that a retraction will be issued soon.”

At long last, the day has finally arrived when Sarah Palin’s ambition meets reality: No free rides for you, missy!


Is it too soon to stir Kitty Harris into this mix of GOP political bimbotude?

@Dave H: Nah, let’s throw in Christine O’Donnell instead. We can talk about BozoGate again.

@Dave H: I miss Miss Kitty.

ADD: haha, Michelle Bachmann referred to herself as “intelligent”.

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: Actually, that was Rollins.

But he didn’t do it without at least implicit authorization — Bachmann knew what she was getting when she hired him — and if he makes it to the weekend without woodshedding, that’s a clear signal to the rest of the GOP field that Palin is fair game.

At which point I’ll be honestly surprised. I’ve always thought Palin would be attacked if she formally declares — too much competing ambition to let her glide through it — but I didn’t expect a shot across the bow this early.

@nojo: Exactly. It’s pretty laughable that Palin thinks she can intimidate Bachmann into firing Rollins over statements Bachmann plainly authorized.

“‘I gotta make a choice and go with the intelligent woman who’s every bit as attractive’”

And whose voice and accent are every bit as annoying! (and I say this as a Midwesterner).

One of my favorite things about Obama is not having to cover my ears when he speaks on the news, which for 16 long years of southern accents (fake or exaggerated, they were still southern) was a requirement. What can I say? I am an accent snob.

@mellbell: Rollins actually did both interviews — radio and Politico — yesterday, so those weren’t offhand comments. More like a pre-emptive strike.

Message: If you run, we will take you down.

Part of the game at this point is staffing and fundraising. If Palin stays out, Bachmann has a clear shot at both, at least among folks otherwise inclined to support Palin. Easier to deal with Palin now and keep her out of the race, rather than wait until her campaign becomes institutionalized.

It is Ed Fucking Rollins, after all. Dude knows what he’s doing.

I posted something in the sandbox that I think some of y’all may like.

I think bachmann is better looking than palin, but i’d make ’em both clean my house (silently) and buy me beer before i’d slide either one my pork sword. fully sheathed of course.

Rollins regroups:

“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.”

So, fight over?

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


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