ARABS UNDER THE BED  11:14 am July 19, 2012

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

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

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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ChernobylSoup July 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

I have a feeling Hillary Clinton might cut a bitch over this episode.

ChrisM2011 July 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

I'll supply the switchblade. Time for a rumble!

Biel_ze_Bubba July 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

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

Callyson July 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

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

(Laughter)

"Any other comment?"

(More laughter)

Flat_Earther July 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Hillary was the first black First Lady.

SorosBot July 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

What about Sally Hemmings?

Flat_Earther July 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Good one!

jakegittes July 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

"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.

Chill_Bill July 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

That check bounced harder than a pair of tits coming at Marcus's face.

emmelemm July 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I think you mean balls (coming at Marcus' face).

Chill_Bill July 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

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

chicken_thief July 19, 2012 at 11:28 am

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

GunToting[Redacted] July 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

I really liked him when he took over as lead singer of Black Flag.

CrunchyKnee July 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

Damn it, man!

mrblifil July 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

IOW he's telling Michele: "We…Are Tired…Of Your…ABUSE!"

GregComlish July 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

This particular Ed Rollins was the leader of White Flag

Ayn Rand Paul Tard July 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

No way, Dick Morris will always be BF!*

*I see and obtusely raise your wonky punk reference

CrunchyKnee July 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

I liked him better in Black Flag.

GunToting[Redacted] July 19, 2012 at 11:30 am

I guess this time I just managed to Rise Above.

CrunchyKnee July 19, 2012 at 11:32 am

I'm not Jealous Again.

Crank_Tango July 19, 2012 at 11:45 am

Say ya don't want it, don't want it…

sbj1964 July 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

That bitch is a F@cking Loon!

Fare la Volpe July 19, 2012 at 11:23 am

Fatcking? Is that anything like Fucking?

mrblifil July 19, 2012 at 11:42 am

In Game of Thrones the Fat King does a LOT of fucking, that much I know. I watch a lot of TV.

chicken_thief July 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

Ed, One L, or Marcus?

Fare la Volpe July 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

Yes.

bobbert July 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Worst marry, fuck, kill ever.

BigSkullF*ckingDog July 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

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

Barrelhse July 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

As Kim Carnes would say, "She's got Grigori Rasputin eyes."

FidoMcCokefiend July 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

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

widestanceromance July 19, 2012 at 11:28 am

I think they waved a one dollar bill behind the camera.

BornInATrailer July 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

I love the cupcake dog.

Monsieur_Grumpe July 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

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

Mumbletypeg July 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Ouch!

kittensdontlie July 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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.

flamingpdog July 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

Sad about Willie Horton. I really liked him when he was with the Tigers.

jakegittes July 19, 2012 at 11:23 am

I liked him better when he was "singin' the blues."

WhatTheHolyHeck July 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

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

ChrisM2011 July 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

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.

SorosBot July 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

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?

ChernobylSoup July 19, 2012 at 11:24 am

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.

Crank_Tango July 19, 2012 at 11:48 am

Something tells me he probably wasn't worried about that actually happening.

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I imagine this being shouted at Rollins by an old, toga-wearing Greek Philosopher with a lantern.

stncmchnc July 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm

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

bikerlaureate July 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

So – are you talking about Rove, now?

Or Rmoney's incompetent campaign manager?

le petit mort July 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

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

Oh, and um, teh gayz.

RadioSlut July 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

I AM NOT CRAZY!!!1!!1!

SorosBot July 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

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

Spurning Beer July 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Grandpa Simpson; Laszlo Toth; Michele Bachmann.

One of these things is not like the others.

Goonemeritus July 19, 2012 at 11:23 am

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

Gratuitous World July 19, 2012 at 11:23 am

day late and a GOLD! bullion short.

SorosBot July 19, 2012 at 11:24 am

"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)

Doktor Zoom July 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

She has difficulty with basic concepts, such as "fact" and "thing I thought of one time while waking from a meth binge"

Bezoar July 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

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

Spurning Beer July 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Yes, Michele sometimes has difficulty with her facts. Just like the Holocost was impolite, and Ebola infection is unpleasant.

actor212 July 19, 2012 at 11:24 am

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

Like Rollins did

Oblios_Cap July 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

At least Atwater admitted it, ere the Reaper took him.

widestanceromance July 19, 2012 at 11:26 am

I just mentally upfisted the Editrix's mom.

WhatTheHolyHeck July 19, 2012 at 11:42 am

Get a room.

Poindexter718 July 19, 2012 at 11:26 am

What does Tailgunner Marcus think about all this?

Self-Uploader July 19, 2012 at 11:26 am

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?

DemmeFatale July 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

Good point, but who ever can stop her, for whatever reason, is OK by me.
(I still hate those guys, though.)

ChernobylSoup July 19, 2012 at 11:35 am

Oh that's just cynical. And spot on.

edgydrifter July 19, 2012 at 11:27 am

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

Boojum July 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

Republican.

not that Dewey July 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Chet Kincaid July 19, 2012 at 11:28 am

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!!

DemmeFatale July 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

So at long last, Chet, do they have some sense of decency?

Chow Yun Flat July 19, 2012 at 11:28 am

Ed Rollins is evil and nuts. Not in the same rarefied level as Michele (few are) but he does well in his own craven fashion.

bikerlaureate July 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm

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

flamingpdog July 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

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.

Crank_Tango July 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

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

HarryButtle July 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

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.

not that Dewey July 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Lou don't do blue.

Bezoar July 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

"I'm not working because I didn't see you coming."

pinkocommi July 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

Vote Michele Bachmann. She is Sarah Palin, but crazier.

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Sarah is venal and stupid, not crazy.

bobbert July 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

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.

bikerlaureate July 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm

50%, then 46%, then 52% of the voters in her district heeded you.

BornInATrailer July 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

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

HempDogbane July 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

To see what embarrasses a Republican these days is a fascinating thing.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

To discover that there is any such thing is what's fascinating.

One_who_wanders July 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

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

bobbert July 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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

chicken_thief July 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

Ed the salesman now trying to sell us that he is a nice guy.

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

So how come a guy with that much revisionist swerve isn't working for Mittens?

bobbert July 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Yet.

fartknocker July 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

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.

BornInATrailer July 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

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

SorosBot July 19, 2012 at 11:45 am

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

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

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.

EatsBabyDingos July 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

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

ManchuCandidate July 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

No matter how hard you scrub Ed. You can't get the stench of Corn Dogs, Dominionist Crazy and Marcus off your body.

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

haha

Estproph July 19, 2012 at 11:35 am

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

bobbert July 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I believe her existing district was engineered "safe Republican".

RomanSolo3000 July 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

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

JustPixelz July 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

"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.

sezme July 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm

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.

bobbert July 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Rollins hopes it will be good for another paying gig in future.

mavenmaven July 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

He's just saying that lest they release what summer camp he attended as a child

i_AM_ready July 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

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."

DahBoner July 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Kind of like The Rachael, it'll blow over some day…

mrblifil July 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

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.

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2012 at 11:41 am

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.

UnholyMoses July 19, 2012 at 11:42 am

Clinton should go all Vince Foster on Bachmann.

UnholyMoses July 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

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

nowave July 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

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

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

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!

Douché July 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

"Oh and Hitler was a dick too. Just 'sayin."

Eve8Apples July 19, 2012 at 11:48 am

"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

FakaktaSouth July 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

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.

Chichikovovich July 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

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?

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

They were out-bid. The California University System is now known as the NBA U-League.

weejee July 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

And since when did facts mean anything in American politics? Fast Eddie is so lame.

Doktor Zoom July 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

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.

Slim_Pickins July 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

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!

randcoolcatdaddy July 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

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.

Dildeaux July 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm

There are no consequences for right wing idiocy.

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

prommie July 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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.

rickmaci July 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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.

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

So, this whole thing is about piling on the Crazy Lady in chivalrous defense of the Hot Lady?

rickmaci July 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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

tallmutha July 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

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??

AlaskaGrrl July 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

"I declare myself was not evil or crazy working for Bachmann. Retroactively."

upthruster July 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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.

fawkedifiknow July 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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?

Pragmatist2 July 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

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.

Chet Kincaid July 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

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.

P__Drizzle July 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

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.

DahBoner July 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Harry Rollins used to play in Black Flag, but I think Ed Rollins plays in Black Fag

HeadsIWin July 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Professor Schoenkopf is into flash and she's easy.
Big surprise.

http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?t

Antispandex July 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

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

Limeylizzie July 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm

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,

chascates July 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm

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?

ttommyunger July 19, 2012 at 4:43 pm

"….but I am a doughy pant-load with no moral compass whatsoever."

dennis1943 July 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

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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