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Ed Rollins isn’t helping Michele Bachmann

For some conservatives Ed Rollins was an odd choice for Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign. She’s fresh; he’s not. She’s anti-Beltway; he personifies it. She’s disciplined; and he’s shown he’s not.

The trouble started when Rollins, still in his TV cabler mind-set, went after Sarah Palin, calling her “not serious.” This was dumb on multiple levels including (in no particular order): 1) it took the focus off his boss; 2) it will offend voters who are Bachmann’s natural constituency; and 3) it plays into the sexist “Palin v. Bachmann!” match-up that his boss has tried to downplay. Now he is forced to apologize, but can’t resist inflaming the issue:

“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?”

Bachmann has a reputation on the Hill as a tough boss. Perhaps she’ll keep Rollins around, but no one would think ill of her if she canned him. In fact, the sign of a good executive is the willingness to cut dead wood that is dragging the team down.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.


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