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Although not even running against each yet and certainly past high school, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are apparently feuding. Let the cat fighting sexist comments commence. The battle began when Bachmann’s campaign grabbed Ed Rollins to be manager of her increasingly likely presidential campaign.
Last Tuesday, 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.’ ”
Not to be outdone, Michael Glassner, Palin’s chief of staff, responded on Wednesday 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.”
Rollins admitted that he talks before he thinks sometimes. He told CNN on Wednesday that he needs to adjust from “being a political analyst back to being a strategist.”
“I don’t think Palin runs, and if she does, we will deal with it. There obviously is a trend in the media to link them,” he added. “In the long run we want Palin and her people as our allies.”
Of course, let’s get some things straight. When the fight started, neither of these potential Republican candidates have admitted that they are running for the presidential nomination. Rep. Bachmann, from Minnesota, may be closer than Palin and insiders suggest that she will formally announce her campaign in Iowa, where she spent some time as a child, later this month or sooner as it turned out. Palin is still leaving everyone guessing, taking a secret bus tour of the United States to visit historical spots but continuing her position as a paid commentator on Fox News. So, maybe that is why Rollins believes she hasn’t been serious. She hasn’t even seriously declared her candidacy. But, either way, the little fighting is fun to watch. It will be an entertaining election season if nothing else.