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Sarah Palin's chief fires back at Michele Bachmann's strategist

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, left, in  California on Feb. 4. and Rep. Michele Bachmann

Sarah Palin's chief of staff did not retreat when Michele Bachmann's political strategist, Ed Rollins, called the hockey mom "not serious" in regards to her political aspirations.

Michael Glassner, chief of staff of Sarah PAC, fired off an email to Politico's Ben Smith on Wednesday to put Bachmann's advisor in his place.

"Beltway political strategist Ed Rollins has a long, long track record of taking high profile jobs and promptly sticking his foot in his mouth. To no one's surprise he has done it again, while also fueling a contrived narrative about the presidential race by the mainstream media," Glassner wrote in an emailed statement.

What got Glassner ticked off was when Rollins told Brian Kilmeade on the "Kilmeade and Friends" radio show that "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, she gave up her governorship," Bachmann's top consultant said.

Glassner predicts Bachmann will reign in Rollins, who worked for Mike Huckabee in 2008, and force him to take back his fighting words.

"One would expect that his woodshed moment is coming and that a retraction will be issued soon," Glassner said of Rollins in the statement.

Bachmann is on record as saying that she considers President Obama her competition, not Palin.

"First of all, I want to say I like Sarah Palin a lot. We’re friends and I don’t consider her a competitor. I consider her a friend," the Minnesota conservative said on ABC’s "Good Morning America" at the end of May.


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Photo: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, left, and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP and Mandel Ngan / AFP

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What's wrong about what Rollins said? She did quit, after all. No matter how many folksy malapropisms she says in a sing-song voice, facts are facts, not matter how inconvenient they may happen to be to her and her mouth-breathing supporters' chosen narrative.

OMG. Two grown men, fighting over which has the more serious dust bunny! Come on, guys! Lint is lint!

Let the games begin,...

Frick meet Frack...

"Glassner predicts Bachmann will reign in Rollins..."
Reign?! Editor! s/b rein. Sheesh.

That said, why does Sarah Palin have a chief of staff? Or a staff for that fact?


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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