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Former Bachmann Campaign Manager Ed Rollins: Unlike Michele Bachmann I Am Not Evil Or Nuts

Your move, Allen WestNow that Sen. John McCain has put on his biannual Integrity Cloak again, and denounced Michele Bachmann’s Arab Hunt from the Senate floor, a few other people would like to get into the act. One is Bachmann’s former campaign manager, Ed Rollins, who also worked for Reagan and Mike Huckabee and would like you to know that, hey man, just cause he was Bachmann’s campaign manager and tried to make her president of the United States doesn’t mean he too is a dangerous nut!

I have been a practitioner of tough politics for many decades. There is little that amazes me and even less that shocks me. I have to say that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s outrageous and false charges against a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin reaches that threshold.

Her unsubstantiated charge against Abedin, a widely respected top aide to Secretary Hillary Clinton, accusing her of some sort of far-fetched connection to the Muslim brotherhood, is extreme and dishonest.

Having worked for Congressman Bachman’s campaign for president, I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy level.

Could someone please explain to Ed Rollins that Joe McCarthy is teh Awesome now?

When your Editrix was teaching poli sci at the University of California (ahem!), she once watched a panel with Ed Rollins, and oh, he was so charming and self-effacing and actually witty, and he said such very nice things about both Hillary and Bamz! And she ended up with a bit of a (very asexual) crush. He even totally ragged on Lee Atwater and Willie Horton (and made ever so much fun of $100 Million Man Rudy Giuliani)! But then your Editrix’s mother, Commie Mom, pooh-poohed that Rollins deserved no credit for bagging on Horton since he was merely trying to come down on the right side of history. “I fucking HATE THAT GUY!” she said. “Ed Rollins is the WORST. He’s so smug about what a great, decent guy he is! And as far as Willie Horton goes, everybody, left or right, knows it was a disgusting thing to do. It was no skin off his nose to say so, and he gets to look like a straight-talker.”

And Commie Mom was totally right. So now, reading this Fox News-hosted, Rollins-penned lambasting of Ms. Bachmann-If-You’re-Nasty — well, it would have been more impressive if Rollins hadn’t just jumped on McCain’s Straight Talk Caboose. Even if he can pull a shiv on his own former clients with the best of them.

[FoxNews]

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137 comments

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      I'd love it if Hill limited her comments to a brief, "Bachmann is nuts. Further comments are unnecessary."

    2. Callyson

      "Secretary Clinton, what do you think of Michelle Bachmann's comments about your aide?"

      (Laughter)

      "Any other comment?"

      (More laughter)

  1. jakegittes

    "Having worked for Congressman Bachman’s campaign for president, I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy level."

    Oh. And by the way, your payment on my final invoice for services rendered bounced.

  2. Chill_Bill

    If you think about it, together, Marcus and Michelle have all the "qualities" of Joe McCarthy: paranoid, hateful, drug-addled and closeted.

    1. chicken_thief

      If it's all the same to you, I'd prefer to not think about Marcus's orientation. Too close to lunch….

  3. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    How can anyone look at the face and not be aware of the fact that she is clinically insane? I don't get it.

  4. FidoMcCokefiend

    Every time I see that picture, I imagine someone is holding a plate of cupcakes off camera front of her.

    1. Monsieur_Grumpe

      More like a box of orphans otherwise known to the Bachmann clan as government paychecks.

    2. kittensdontlie

      I denounce the use of that gratuitous Newsweek cover photo for this article, and I am cancelling my subscription to Wonkette retroactively sometime next week.

  5. WhatTheHolyHeck

    He totally did his career a service by confessing he supported her when she lied nicely.

  6. ChrisM2011

    Yeah, but if you were her campaign manager at some point, you're at least a little sleazy.

    I mean, it's not like she only recently turned bat-shit bonkers.

  7. SorosBot

    So Bachmann is vicious and "has difficulty with her facts", what does that make someone who would take money to try and get her elected to be President of the United States?

    1. ChernobylSoup

      I'd run Satan's campaign for the kind of cash these folks pull. But not Michele's… a man has got to have principles.

    2. stncmchnc

      I thought Marcus and his beard, Bachmann Turncoat Overdrive, moved to Switzerland to cure its gay barbarians.

    3. bikerlaureate

      So – are you talking about Rove, now?

      Or Rmoney's incompetent campaign manager?

  8. le petit mort

    Not surprising. Campaign managers are hired guns, not ideologues.

    Oh, and um, teh gayz.

    1. SorosBot

      Dear Mr. President: There are too many states nowadays. Please eliminate three. I am not a crackpot.

  9. Goonemeritus

    It’s just this kind of guilt by association that is the predictable outcome of those witch hunting Nuremburg Trials.

  10. SorosBot

    "she sometimes has difficulty with her facts"

    Does he mean she "has difficulty with her facts" in that she's a giant pants-on-fire liar, or that she is a delusional lunatic living in cloudcuckooland?

    (Probably a little bit of both is my guess)

    1. Bezoar

      Or, he means that there are facts, they exist, and a number of them spell trouble for Michele Bachman's ambitions and agenda.

  11. actor212

    Editrix, Rollins was jealous of Atwater because Atwater wasn't running around bragging about the evil he was committing.

    Like Rollins did

  12. Self-Uploader

    Basically, after years of being a mean girl, she picked on the nice girl who is prettier than she is which brought out the chivalry in the menfolk and finally got people to stand up to her. If she had gone after a male aide, or someone who wasn't a hottie, would people like Rollins or McCain have said anything?

  13. edgydrifter

    If abetting a crime is still a crime, Rollins, then what should we consider aiding and promoting a dangerous sociopath?

  14. Chet Kincaid

    So is this where the Last Sane Conservatives have decided to make their stand against Teabagging Insanity? This is the day it all changed, Gentlemen! Jeb/Huntsman 2016!!

    1. bikerlaureate

      I'd take nuts over evil, generally. Works out about the same in this campaign season though.

  15. flamingpdog

    COMMIE MOM: Hey, Becky, did you hear about Crazy-Eyes going all batshit crazy over Huma?
    COMMIE GIRL: Who, ma?
    COMMIE MOM: That's right!
    COMMIE GIRL: No, WHO, Ma!
    COMMIE MOM: That's what I said!

    Oops, here comes the boss.

    1. Crank_Tango

      Somewhere on a cloud looking over us, Abbott and Costello are wondering how someone can fit Anthony Weiner into their routine…

      1. HarryButtle

        Fit a weiner into their routine? Is that code? 'Cause in THEIR day, a fella could get into a lot of trouble for putting weiners in their routines.

      1. bobbert

        Sarah, like most successful grifters, is not stupid. She is amazingly un-educated, which leads to occasional hilarity among those not responsive to her Starburst Distortion Field.

  16. BornInATrailer

    So you're saying Commie Mommie wanted to do the angry, self-loathing, hate-sex thing with Mr. Rollins?

    1. One_who_wanders

      The bar gets lower and lower, at present snakes clear it with ease. Some slime mold has a problem with it however.

    2. bobbert

      Rollins isn't embarrassed. He's just trying to decontaminate himself so some less nutball Republican will hire him for the next go-around.

  17. fartknocker

    Michele has propelled herself into the Sarah Palin category of stupid and dangerous. Frankly her statements border on treason as her words impacted the safety of Hillary Clinton during her latest Israel trip.

    1. BornInATrailer

      I think she's way beyond that. Palin is a terrible screeching harpy with laughable qualifications. Bachmann, however, is a true believer.

      1. SorosBot

        They're both true believers, and both are both stupid and crazy; Palin however is more stupid, while Bachmann is the crazier.

    2. Chet Kincaid

      I'm glad you mentioned that — a couple of days ago, I believe it was Rachel who did a segment about how a lot of Egyptians in the street actually now believe that the U.S. somehow engineered the election of their Muslim Brotherhood president, based on these ramblings from Beck, Bachmann and others about Muslim Brotherhood influence in the State Department.

  18. EatsBabyDingos

    "I only joined her campign because I thought she said there were spareribs under the bed."

  19. Estproph

    Why are there enough people in this country that vote for Bachmann to put her in Congress?

  20. RomanSolo3000

    Pretty certain Michele Bachmann is one of the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who. If you look into her eyes, don't blink!

  21. JustPixelz

    "And Commie Mom was totally right."

    Everyone faces this moment, when they realize their Commie Mom was right. We lose the spark of rebellion and start to look on the next generation in a bemused way, thinking "someday you too will regret that wild hairstyle or tattoo or that video you put on youporn". It's the circle of life.

    1. sezme

      Commie Mommie is totally right. And yet, given the state of what passes for discourse among Republican pudits today, trying gamely to be on the right side of history should probably count for something.

  22. i_AM_ready

    Jane Fonda had a good line in the Newsroom where Jeff Daniels is arguing that Bachman is an evil McCarthyite who must be stopped:

    "Michele Bachman is a hairdo. I'm not worried about her."

  23. mrblifil

    And…we're back to Wiener's weener. Blah blah blah Huma blah blah Muslim Brotherhood blah blah terror. At the end of the day it's all about the cock shots.

  24. Chet Kincaid

    That Bachmann animatronic is so lifelike! The Hall Of 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates should be a permanent attraction at Disney World, as a sober/hysterical warning to future generations; it will have all the comedy and tragedy of the Country Bear Jamboree.

  25. UnholyMoses

    Without that ad with the hottie bending over in front of the Cobra replica, this post would be utterly impossible to masturbate to.

  26. nowave

    S.E. Cupp is with her. Award for most disingenuous performance by faux Fox(y) librarian on Jansing's show this morning.

  27. Chet Kincaid

    Walnuts and Rollins think Bachmann "Went Too Far"? Have they not noticed that "Going All In With Too Far" is Mittens' new desperation strategy? Way to undermine, fellas!

  28. Eve8Apples

    "I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy level."

    Difficulty with facts, downright vicious and reaching late Senator Joe McCarthy levels is the philosophical heart of the Tea Party. DON'T TREAD ON ME, TREASONOUS EDDIE!1!11

  29. FakaktaSouth

    Whatever Ed, you're like guy at the rapey gang bang that just stands watch while everyone else does the actual crime – you know what you are a part of, you KNOW it. And for me to get to know he STILL is surprised and pissed that Lee Atwater turned on him and stole his job in the Bush I era makes me very very happy.

  30. Chichikovovich

    When your Editrix was teaching poli sci at the University of California (ahem!),

    Do they still have those? I thought the plan was to sell them all as part of the budget taming operations. Are you sure you don't mean the University of Jack in the Box?

  31. Doktor Zoom

    Have you at last no sense of sanity, madame? Have you no sense of… excuse me? Ms Bachman? Could you focus over here for a moment? Err… no, not on the TV light reflecting on the desk…yes, I know it's shiny… look, if you could just… Oh, never mind.

  32. Slim_Pickins

    Rollins should have taken the "high road" and claimed he took the job of Bachmann's campaign manager to prevent her from getting the GOP nomination!

  33. randcoolcatdaddy

    My cat looks like this when she sees a bird outside the window.

    My cat, however, is sane and not in need of anti-psychotic medication.

  34. Dildeaux

    There are no consequences for right wing idiocy.

    Backkmann will keep her seat and remain on the (gasp) Intelligence Commitee.

  35. prommie

    Rollins invented buying black church leaders by giving them no-bid privatized social services contracts, like "training foster parents." Ask Buster Soaries. Christie Whitman's pet creature.

  36. rickmaci

    Not to make too fine a point on this, but there were FOUR MEN who signed that damn letter. Nobody is saying anything about those other four fucktarded asshats. And they are the biggest chickenshit excuses for testosterone challenged creeps for the way they went scurrying back into their little hidey holes and let Crazyeyes take all the flak for their mutual turd pie. They should be righteously stripped of their man card.

      1. rickmaci

        No. The pile should be larger and the mound of human waste at the bottom should be bigger.

  37. tallmutha

    How people forget. Before Bachmann, before Palin, there was the original Republican would-be-MILFaloon: Katherine Harris! And Ed Rollins worked for her too! And he also trashed her in the press after he wasn't working for her any more! Uh,,,how does this guy keep getting hired, anyway??

  38. upthruster

    Let's not forget folks, Representatives: Franks, Westmoreland, Gohmert (no surprises there) and Rooney all signed onto Bachmann's letters. These guys have been in Washington a lot longer than Bachmann, yet somehow the crazy lady finds something they didn't ? No, they are equally as nuts as Bachmann…she's just better at the crazy eyes.

  39. fawkedifiknow

    If it was some nutter Democrat back bencher who jumped the shark against a right winger, the entire press core (libtards included, sad to say) would be demanding that Obama apologize, grovel and denounce the idiot.

    So, why won't they ask Romney what he thinks about it?

    1. Pragmatist2

      There is no member of the "Press" with the imagination or cojones to ask Romney his opinion on this (or what his economic plan is or whether he had ever had a zero tax year or how much was in his Swiss bank account). They all live in deadly fear that some rightwing nut will call them unfair.

  40. Chet Kincaid

    I'm just thinking about the other insane assertion that Anthony Weiner is a Secret Muslim. Has anyone ever heard of anyone Jewish converting to Islam? That would be "man bites dog"-level novelty.

  41. P__Drizzle

    Damn shame they're not allowing comments on that piece. I have 30 minutes to kill, and my blood pressure is WAY too low right now.

  42. Antispandex

    As soon as I saw this post, that old saying about one picture being worth a thousand words came to mind.

  43. Limeylizzie

    I have a close friend who is pals/Colleagues with Ed Rollins and she says he is fantastic, also believes that Romney is going to lose massively in the Fall,

  44. chascates

    And in wingnuttery:

    Only PC Zealots and Naive Imbeciles
    Aren't With Bachmann 100% On This One
    Who cares what Ed Rollins and Juan McTaco think
    Per usual, 'warped', Crazy Eyes Bachmann is being pilloried yet again by the Left -along with useful idiots of all stripes- for standing up and saying something many don't want to hear: that having Saudi-born Huma Abedin as Hillary's right-hand-honey at the State Department poses a potential national security threat.
    http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com

    John McTaco?

  45. dennis1943

    Now we know who to blame for bringing this disgrace to Washington………if only he could remove her from his resume'………….

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