From POSTPOLITICS at The Washington Post:
Days after Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) snagged Ed Rollins as manager of her nascent presidential campaign, the high-profile strategist is engaged in a war of words with advisers to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who dares to call Princess Sarah the dumbest of them all?
The spat between their advisers began Tuesday when Rollins disparaged Palin in a radio interview. “Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years,” Rollins said. “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.”In an interview with Politico, Rollins made the point again. Bachmann will “be so much more substantive. People are going to say, ‘I gotta make a choice and go with the intelligent woman who’s every bit as attractive.’ ”
On Wednesday, Michael Glassner, Palin’s chief of staff, responded with a statement of his own: “Beltway political strategist Ed Rollins has a long, long track record of taking high profile jobs and promptly sticking his foot in his mouth.”
The fight between aides to two unofficial candidates is an indication that members of Palin’s team are no longer willing to sit idly by while other Republicans take digs at their boss. That shift could signal the beginning of an ugly war between the high-profile Palin and lesser-known rivals.
3…2…1… From POLITICO:
Michele Bachmann adviser Ed Rollins’ response to the sharp criticisms from Sarah Palin’s world just now was to “let it go.”
But he didn’t go quietly, telling me, “I haven’t lived in Washington D.C. in 15 years, and I’ve been taken to the woodshed by the big boys.”
“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?”