(by Michael Alan)
By now you’ve probably heard veteran campaign strategist Ed Rollins’ comments about Sarah Palin:
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.
Apparently Rollins wasn’t paying attention to Palin’s work in getting conservatives elected since stepping aside as governor as a result of her being assaulted with costly, frivolous lawsuits that came with her new found national attention.
During the 2010 midterms, Palin endorsed, campaigned, and did significant fundraising for a whopping 31 GOP primary and 20 general election candidates. In many cases she was instrumental to that candidate’s success, like in South Carolina, where her endorsement of then little known State Rep. Nikki Haley single helped drive her to the top of the polls. Other Palin-backed candidates swept into office included:
- NM Governor Susana Martinez, whose rally with Palin drew nearly 1,300 supporters despite only 24 hours notice and is credited with bolstering Republican turnout in the close general election in this traditionally blue state.
- Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who, with Palin’s help, scored a big upset over establishment candidate Trey Grayson.
- WI Representative Sean Duffy, who used Palin’s endorsement to raise some much needed cash in his fight against 42-year veteran House Democrat David Obey.
In response to Rollins’ attack, Palin spokesman Michael Glassner said, “Beltway political strategist Ed Rollins has a long, long track record of taking high profile jobs and promptly sticking his foot in his mouth.” Sounds about right. Ever since the end of the 2008 primary and the start of his plum job as cable news analyst, Rollins has spent much of his time attacking other Republicans.
In September 2008, when House Republicans didn’t immediately rubber stamp the $700 billion bailout of the financial sector, Rollins agreed with Anderson Cooper that they were “putting party before country”:
Ahead of President Obama’s inauguration, Rollins wrote, “One week from today, a historic presidency begins and a tarnished presidency ends.”
When the Republican majority was swept into the House in 2010, Rollins said in response to a question about Speaker Boehner, “You never saw Pelosi crying.”
Most recently, Rollins got MSNBC anchor Cenk Ugyur all giddy when he called a tactic House Republicans were using to push Senate Democrats towards keeping the government running whilst also seriously cutting spending “unconstitutional,” echoing the statements of none other than Rep. Anthony Weiner that were played to introduce the story.
Meanwhile, as Palin worked to elect Republicans, Rollins continued to violate the 11th commandment. Even when it came to his new boss, Michele Bachmann:
If there is a third tier [of presidential candidates,] it would include…Congresswoman Michele Bachman of Minnesota. [She] would have a difficult time being considered a serious candidate.
You can have your qualms with Sarah Palin–that’s fine–but if like Ed Rollins you’re someone who has undermined Republicans in the last election cycle and in recent months, you can’t be the spokesman for “seriousness.”