June 16, 2011, - 1:09 pm

Troubling?: Bachmann’s Campaign Strategist Ed Rollins “Responds” to Schlussel on Arabism, Israel

By Debbie Schlussel

Yesterday, I posted my concerns about Michele Bachmann’s employment of Ed Rollins as her campaign strategist and noted that he needs to distance himself from his appearance at a Dearbornistan Arab American Institute confab of Hezbollah and HAMAS supporters, at which he offered political advice.  Unfortunately, there will be no such distancing.  Last night, I heard from Ed Rollins via e-mail, and here is our exchange.  Read it and decide for yourself, but note that not once did Rollins explain why he appeared at this event or address the concerns I raised.  Also note, that before this, I very much respected Rollins.  He is a brilliant campaign strategist, a solid conservative (other than this appearance at the U.S. Islamostan Arabist Political Action Conference), etc.

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Michele Bachmann’s Strategist, Ed Rollins, Gives Advice @ Anti-Israel Arab Political Conference

I disagree with the blind-faith Palinmessiah fanatics who’ve come here to attack him for his spot on comments and observations about Palin.  He’s been right on target on Palin, especially in this commentary, “Palin, I Knew Reagan.  You’re No Reagan.”  One other point, Ed Rollins is not the only conservative guilty of association with the openly anti-Israel, pro-HAMAS/Hezbollah Zogby Brothers. In fact, Sean Hannity regularly pimps us on John Zogby, frequently featuring him and his usually wrong polling on his nationally syndicated radio show. In any event, here’s the conversation with Rollins.  I am so very disappointed that he didn’t just say, you’re right, I made a mistake with that. (I’ve removed his e-mail address and made corrections to three typos in my e-mail to him and one in his.):

From: Edward J. Rollins
Date: Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 7:52 PM
Subject: You are I’ll informed
To: writedebbie@gmail.com

Debbie I am a staunch supporter of Israel. I am married to an orthodox Jew and was married by a Rabbi. I have spoken to AIPAC. When I was the White House political director for Ronald Reagan I was viewed as one of the strongest supporters of ISRAEL. I have spoken at the conference you mention in your article and many other groups over the years and urge voter participation; not a political stance. Also I have never been paid . In the 30 years I have made television appearances. And written numerous columns I have never been anything but supportive of the State of Israel.

I was the National Chairman for Jack Kemp and Mike Huckabee. Both strong supporters of Israel. Glad to correct the record?

Ed Rollins
Sent from my I PAD

My response:

From: Debbie Schlussel writedebbie@gmail.com
Date: Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Subject: Re: You are I’ll informed
To: Edward J. Rollins

Ed:
While I am happy you supported Israel when working for Ronald Reagan, clearly you have changed. Hmmm . . . married to a Jew, write lots of pro-Israel columns, AIPAC, etc. . . . and yet you couldn’t keep yourself away from speaking and giving advice to the Hezbollah/HAMAS political action convention? Why not? How much did you get paid? Frankly, Hezbollah and HAMAS are not Israel or Jewish issues, they are EVERY WESTERNER’s issues. So why wasn’t it your issue, and why couldn’t you say no to the anti-Israel, Jew-hating, Helen-Thomas-loving Zogby brothers? Did you forget that Hezbollah, which most of the attendees at the event support and to which the sponsoring restaurant of the event laundered $21 million, murdered more Americans than any other terrorist group before 9/11? Does that not bother you? The 1983 bombings of the Marine barracks and U.S. Embassy in Beirut? Does that ring a bell for you? The 1985 hijacking and torture murder of Robert Dean Stethem on TWA Flight 847? How ’bout that? The kidnapping and murder of CIA attache William Buckley and UN Peacekeeper Col. Rich Higgins? Remember that? Weren’t you working for Reagan during most of this? And yet you have no problem enabling the terrorist group’s supporters in America and helping them sharpen their political skills here? This isn’t a problem for you? Maybe that’s why Ronald Reagan NEVER responded to Hezbollah’s attacks and murders of so many Americans–his biggest error, and one cited by Osama Bin Laden on several occasions as a sign to him that Americans were weak and vulnerable. Were you behind that advice not to respond to Hezbollah . . . and then complete the circle by speaking at their political event in Dearborn years later?

If you are so pro-Israel, then, why the heck did you speak to that event? They had anti-Israel speeches, speakers, and events. Did you choose to ignore the event’s agenda and fantasize that you were speaking to some other group? You know very well who James Zogby is and to whom you were speaking at that event. Did it not occur to you that there’s a reason that the only Republicans who’ve spoken at that event over the years are you, Ron Paul, and Chuck Hagel? [DS: I forgot to mention Grover Norquist. Same difference.] Speaking at AIPAC doesn’t impress me as we know that Barack Obama speaks there and even Darrell Issa, no friend of Israel, generally attends the AIPAC dinner. I want to know why you didn’t turn down Zogby. Columns, speeches, etc.–they are talk and talk is cheap. It’s deeds I look at and was VERY disappointed when you showed up at that event since I had admired you to that point. I wrote about this back in 2007 when you worked with Huckabee, so why contact me now and not before? Also, what rabbi marries a Jew to a non-Jew? I’m an Orthodox Jew, and Orthodox Jews do not marry outside the faith. If and when they do, they are mourned by their parents as if they are dead. Practicing Orthodox Jews only marry Jews, so I’m not sure how I’m supposed to be impressed by that, or how the heck that excuses your appearance at Jim Zogby’s Hezbollah/HAMAS fanatic convention. Regardless, the fact that someone Jewish marries someone who speaks at anti-Israel events tells me that this person is ineffective at even the most easy and effective form of political speech: pillow talk. If she married you and you still chose to speak at this very clearly Hezbollah-infested event, then to whom you are married is completely irrelevant. Her religion comes second or third to your willingness to enable hundreds of America haters who are Muslim 1st and American 1,437th.

Tell me, Ed, is there a group to whom you would not speak? Is there a difference between speaking to Hezbollah supporters and giving them advice on how to influence American politics and giving a speech and the same advice to David Duke supporters? No, there isn’t, other than that more of the former group’s last names begin with “Al-.” By the way, I was a Jack Kemp delegate tho the ’88 convention, the second youngest delegate. And I worked very hard for Jack Kemp’s presidential campaign as Michigan was first to pick its GOP delegates that year. But Jack Kemp changed in later years and not for the better. As HUD Secretary, he made despicable contracts with the Nation of Islam to guard the projects and perform other services. And he became an open borders advocate, something the Muslims at the event at which you spoke have taken advantage of to our detriment and national security disadvantage.

Jack Kemp changed and, it appears, so have you. If you haven’t, why did you speak at that event . . . and when will you disassociate yourself from the Zogby Brothers and their gathering of Hezbollah and HAMAS supporters and enablers? That was the point of my post about you, and you continue to fail to address it. All the pro-Israel stuff in the world is meaningless and irrelevant–not to mention, phony–if you help Israel’s AND America’s enemies on US soil. You know very well their purpose is to gain political power and change our laws and foreign policy against Israel and in favor of their extremist Muslim practices.

Seems to me, Ed, there is nothing to correct here . . . at least on my part. The ball is in your court. As an associate of Michele Bachmann’s campaign, you owe it to her and those of us who like her views on the Mid-East to openly and strongly distance yourself from what you did and admit you were wrong. Not me.

Ed Rollins’ response:

From: Edward J. Rollins
Date: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 7:21 AM
Subject: Re: You are I’ll informed
To: Debbie Schlussel writedebbie@gmail.com

I wasn’t paid and obviously you are ill informed.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

My response:

From: Debbie Schlussel writedebbie@gmail.com
Date: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 11:02 AM
Subject: Re: You are I’ll informed
To: Edward J. Rollins

Ill-informed about what? You haven’t responded to a single fact about the Arab American Institute conference, which is the point here. Clearly, you have no response and you know I am right. Very disappointed in you, Ed.

Like I said, I really wish Ed Rollins would just say, “You know what? You’re right. I never should have appeared at that event. I do not want to be associated with people in America who support Islamic terrorist groups and hate Israel.” That would have been enough, and I would have praised him and Michele Bachmann. But he won’t do that.

Something else is going on here. Perhaps Rollins is tight with the Zogby Brothers. Maybe he doesn’t want to alienate potential Arab money and clients in the future (though he says he wasn’t paid for the AAI event in Dearbornistan)? I don’t know. But I don’t like it.

Still, I think it would be unfair to have a double standard for Ed Rollins versus other conservatives. We have to ask ourselves why we tolerate candidates and radio/TV personalities who continue to promote and associate with Grover Norquist, Suhail Khan, and other extremists promoting the Islamic and pan-Arabist agenda. Any candidate who associates with those people needs to be held to the same standard I hold for Ed Rollins.

The question at this point is: what does Michele Bachmann have to say about this? And what will she do? If she says and does nothing, we know she’s a fraud and cannot be counted on. Talk is cheap.

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“They had anti-Israel speeches, speakers, and events. Did you choose to ignore the event’s agenda and fantasize that you were speaking to some other group?”

His ‘non-response’ to that line says it all.

Road Warrior on June 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I really wish Ed Rollins would just say, “You know what? You’re right. I never should have appeared at that event. I do not want to be associated with people in America who support Islamic terrorist groups and hate Israel.”

Never gonna happen.Ed wants it both ways.
He’s a fence sitter.

ebayer on June 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I am not ready to give up on Bachman. I wrote before that Rollins is a smart strategist. Let’s see how everything plays out. This is not a whitewash of Bachman or Rollins.

Nixon did not like American Jews, and was an anti-Semite, yet he was a good friend to Israel, and had great respect for their fighting spirit, and Rabin’s slip of the tongue supporting Nixon’s re-election.

Reagan was a friend to the Jews in the White House, and perhaps the first President to focus attention on anti-Semitism. He was generally good on Israel, although his Chief of Staff James Baker ill served him.

As Americans and as Jews (and Christians) we should be cautious of all politicians, from the Left or Right.

Let’s wait and see whether Bachman stays true to her friendship with Israel.

Jonathan Grant on June 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    JG, if Michelle Bachmann doesn’t know that Ed Rollins gave a speech at a pro-islamist and anti-semitic conference, then I can apologize for her on it, BUT if she knows all of this from Mr. Rollins and doesn’t care about, then I lose all respect for Ms. Bachmann and if it comes down to Bachmann-Obama in next years election, I’ll either vote for a third-party candidate or sit out!

    I also assume you know that islam has also infiltrated the right wing as well, we all know that islam has been in bed with the left wing for years and decades, now some on the right are their new allies!

    “A nation is defined by it’s borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on June 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      SeanR,

      Its true the Left is filled with pan-Islamists and advocates of terrorists and Sharia but that’s not good reason to tolerate the Right getting into bed with them. Au contraire, America’s security and survival depends on knowing who the enemy is and stopping him from doing from doing more damage here. When Rollins takes a paycheck from them, he either implicitly approves of their goals or doesn’t care who they are. Either way, its not a good sign. And we ought to have zero tolerance for that kind of behavior among conservatives.

      NormanF on June 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Jon, I agree. Reagan had Rollins as his campaign manager and he still was pro-Israel though I agree, wrongly served by some anti-Israel advisers in his Administration. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out but in my opinion, asking the right questions is always a sign of strength. Its not betraying conservatism or validating Obama to be critical of Republicans who aren’t up to the highest standards. And we should expect more rather than less of GOP aspirants running for President!

    NormanF on June 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Reagan focused attention on anti-Semitism all right – the anti-Semitism that was coming from his own administration.

    He was the the first(and hopefully last US President) to ever publicly imply American Jews had dual loyalties with the US and Israel.

    When American Jews rightfully expressed opposition to the AWACS planes being sold to Israel-hating anti-Semitic Saudi Arabia, Reagn complained about the “pressure” he was getting and implied that American Jews were being disloyal to the US in favor of Israel.

    He also appointed several anti-Semitic Israel haters to his administration such as Baker, Buchanan, Weinberger, Paul Craig Roberts,etc.

    Scott on June 17, 2011 at 2:35 am

[From Ed Rollins email – I am married to an orthodox Jew and was married by a Rabbi.]

There are three comments I would like to make.

First, this is another one of those “some of my best Friends are Jews …” responses that Israel haters and anti semites use all the time.

Second of all, there are plenty of people who call themselves Rabbis that are anti Israel and self hating.

The the third comment has to do with a contradiction in that statement. Either Ed Rollins himself is Jewish or he is absolutely not married to an Orthodox Jew.

IAM: Great minds think alike, as I had exactly your first and third thoughts and was, at first, going to write him–as I often do with others who make this “I’m dating/married to/sleeping with a Jew” comment to justify the unjustifiable–that a Jew allowing herself to be his sperm receptacle doesn’t make a difference in his appearance at the Hezbollah conference. But I decided to be more classy. DS

I_AM_ME on June 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Debbie would know you can be a Jew and an anti-Semite. Having a Jewish spouse or friend means nothing. And if they tolerate that kind of conduct, they’re not Jews one look up to as a role model. Debbie gets kinda tired of the co-religionist crap pulled on her. I learned that lesson with the Jewish guy who turned out to be a sex pervert. So don’t automatically assume Jews are going to have higher morals or get it right on Israel than non-Jews are.

    NormanF on June 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Debbie, your right, Mr. Rollins could’ve contacted you and said, “Ms. Schlussel, your 100% right, I should’ve NEVER attended that anti-american, anti-israeli, anti-west & anti-semitic conference, I was dead wrong for doing something like that to my reputation”, but he didn’t do any of that, instead Ed Rollins is living in his own “ivory-tower” world and not acknowledging what he did was wrong and not good for his reputation. And he’s trying to say that your “ill-informed”? Ill-informed about what as you claimed to him in your exchange with Mr. Rollins, ill-informed that you exposed for him for being in bed with James Zogby who’s a die-hard arabist? Ill-informed that he spoke at a islamic conference and he’s campaigning for Michelle Bachmann? DS, you are completely correct about this dude, and Ed Rollins is the one who’s ill-informed and living in his own world.

“A nation is defined by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on June 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    A decent man would concede he is wrong and has no business being there. Rollins knows Debbie is right and he isn’t even bothering to defend those appearances. HAMAS/Hezbollah and sundry assorted Islamic terrorist groups aren’t just the enemy of Israel. They are the enemy of America and no true American patriot would have truck with them. Rollin’s non-response says he doesn’t care much about what his actions do to our country. Again, that’s not acceptable!

    NormanF on June 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Ed Rollins is a hypocrite. He wants to have it both ways and that’s not right. He would not even address your questions on point. I used to admire him as great strategist but I don’t admire him as a human being. When it comes to making money, I think there should be a limit on who pays you. Its only common sense. If Debbie took money from pro Muslim groups, how would that color how she think and writes on subjects affecting them? My point she’s not the one going around claiming to be pro-Israel and then doing something else when no one is watching. That is exactly what Rollins is doing and he is not explaining anything. On the plus side, what I liked about the post today is Debbie gets results and she does get noticed by powerful people.

Debbie, keep up the good work!

NormanF on June 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Yeah clearly those who are bending over for Hamas/Hezbollah supporters cannot justify doing so. It is part of the population that refuses to believe what should be a concern for all westerners and that is these people wish the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people. They are either ignorant or refuse to see the utter contempt to which Hamas/Hezbollah have for westerners and Jews. Unbelievable.

jake49 on June 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Awesome post, Debbie. You nailed his hide to the barn door but good.

DS_ROCKS! on June 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Why didn’t Rollins just say no?

Tanstaafl on June 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

To the invite, that is.

Tanstaafl on June 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Ed Rollins is a very smart guy. Even if he were to tell you he had made a mistake, the admission wouldn’t be credible. It’s not forthcoming in any case.

I thought Bachmann had made a mistake when she hired Rollins. He’s much more trouble than he’s worth. Eventually, she’ll fire him, at which point he’ll give some interview to Vanity Fair telling us all how Bachmann’s unbalanced or some such.

adam on June 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Well, my two cents is that any politician today will do what they can to win or keep their day job. They pander, they lie, they take pictures of their member and send it off to cyberspace. His response regarding his wife, while I am sure he loves her, is really meaningless. Most of the Jews I know personally are extremely liberal, even more so than the ‘democrats’ I know. Everyone knows that Hezbollah and HAMAS get up in the morning for the sole purpose of killing Jews… You just cannot get around it.

S: They also want to kill Christians and other Westerners and non-Muslims, too. That’s where you and Ed Rollins are both wrong . . . in reducing it to merely a Jewish issue. Remember, it is EVERYONE’s issue. Hezbollah murdered plenty of non-Jewish people, including over 300 Americans. DS

sharon on June 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Islam is not just an Israeli/Jewish problem. They target every infidel country in the world. The focus on the Israeli-Arab conflict is just a way of avoiding having to face the real issue. It would be still be with us even if Israel had never existed.

    NormanF on June 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm

[From Ed Rollins email – I am married to an orthodox Jew and was married by a Rabbi.]

I suspect what’s really going on is that he married a woman from an Orthodox Jewish family who dropped the trappings of that life to marry a non-Jew officiated by a Reform rabbi.

It would be one thing if Rollins were going to these groups telling them what they don’t want to hear – that the US supports Israel because it’s the right thing to do, that groups like Hamas and Hizbullah should be condemned and not supported, etc. But he’s not doing that; he’s telling them how to be more politically active.

Reminds me of a remark in Aaron David Miller’s book “The Much Too Promised Land” where he describes coaching the Palestinian negotiators how they can better make their case (rather than impressing on them what was expected of them, what demands were unreasonable, or what they’d have to concede for a deal).

In both cases, there are “hard truths” (to use Obama’s words) that need to be spoken, but rarely are. Obama let pass a similar opportunity in Cairo, for the Arabs needed to hear them. Instead, what displeasure he expressed was mainly directed toward Israel.

Raymond in DC on June 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Most curious that not a hint of unease, indeed shame, can be sensed from Rollins’ reply. Why does an otherwise smart guy willingly step into a moral ditch?

lee on June 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Adam–

I agree. If there is an advantage to Rollins, it’s that he is a “name.” Still, he comes with lots of baggage.

Bachmann reveals herself as a typical politician by going with the conventional wisdom, even as she continues to wrap herself around the Tea Party image.

Sadly, our entire system has been exposed as a total scam. For those who keep bleating about “returning to the Constitution,” I suggest they read Article 1, Section 8. The Congress has essentially unlimited power. I am mystified why so few people see this, as it’s right there in black and white.

However, even this is not enough to keep a president from engaging in an “unconstitutional” war in Libya. Any resulting lawsuit from this dispute would go to the Supreme Court, which would make a completely political decision. And, if they went against Obama, do your really think he’d pull our guys out? So much for “Balance of Powers.”

As long as we have an all-powerful Federal government, no reforms are going to make any difference; and since there are no requirements for voting, the appeal will always be to the have-nots, and government will only grow. For those of you keeping score, this all got decided during our Civil War, and it’s been downhill ever since.

A conservative can only make it less awful. No one can make it right.

Red Ryder on June 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

debbie i like to see you one day in Da7yieh :)

lemon on June 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Damn, just when I was starting to like Bachmann.

Ilan on June 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm

As a child my father, who spent time in Tunisia in WWII, regularly reminded me of the Muslim saying “after Saturday, comes Sunday”. After they kill/and or make Dimmies out of the Jews, they will do the same for those of us who believe Jesus is both Messiah and G-d. Islam is Satan’s masterpiece. It deceives many, and will continue to deceive people like Rollins as they wallow in their foolish sophistication.

EDS on June 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Do orthodox jews post online on shavuos? Hypocrite.

anon on June 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Keep watching, anon. 10,9,8,7….

lee on June 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Aron: Debbie did not post online on YOM TOV. Rather, she prepared the articles in advance and had her staff put them up during the holiday so that people who read the blog on a daily basis would continue to do so, even as she was celebrating Shavuot.

If you read her pre-YOM TOV post carefully, you would known this.

Mike on June 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm

retracted then.

anon on June 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Debbie you are a cute person and I’d like to date you with all the rights and privileges therein effective immediately. Also it’s amusing that you call out political types like ER for being whores. That’s like criticizing homeless people for not showering. Either way MB should hire whomever she needs to win, so long as they can pretend to be pro-Israel it’s good enough. I’ll explain everything after we hook up.

A1 on June 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Uh, isn’t Rollins generally an overconfrontational jerk, as well? Might not be helpful if she wants to get at least VEEP.

Occam's Tool on June 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Yeah, who is Rollins fooling? If DS is so ill-informed, and if he took umbrage at her ill-informedism, he would take the time to correct her point-by-point. Instead, one line dismissing her overwhelming evidence. Riiiiiiiight.

We are watching you, Rollins. I want to know why a so-called strong Conservative like you would work with Huckaphony to take down Flip Flippney (vs. McShame) last Prez election BUT this time you are working for Bachmann (who just may be a stalking-horse for Romney) who may be dealing with the establishment behind the scenes?

If Romney IS the establishment pick, why would Rollins be on his side NOW? And if that is the case, Rollins cares NOT about Conservativism BUT power. I smell a rat.

Skunky on June 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm

He’s an Irish Catholic who is “married to an orthodox Jew” ????? I think Bill Cosby summed it up best when he said “Riiiiiiiight.”

Fred Taub on June 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm

What I liked most about Debbie’s response to Rollins was her statements that HAMAS & Hezbollah cannot be framed as Israel’s problem. And it isn’t a “jewish thing,” either, for heaven’s sake! Aren’t there non-jewish people who are citizens of Israel? And of the U.S.? Europe?

HAMAS & Hezbollah are a threat to ALL people who value civilization, law and order, and the brilliance of western thought, philosophy, systems of government, pluralism, etc…

If conservatives can’t identify precisely how islam/shari’a threatens the west, then they have NO business being in positions of power or influence. They have some studying to do.

Aurora on June 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Ed Rollins, like campaign managers and strategists in general, Republican, Democrat and Independent, has spent his career making up statements that he expects the public to swallow. People like him have contempt for the public, and are in the habit of saying anything that they think will work.

He just followed this habit in responding to Debbie. Whatever will work.

Little Al on June 17, 2011 at 12:08 am

Debbie, speaking of associating with Jew haters and and self-hating Jews, I find it rather disturbing that many Born-Again Christians who are supposedly good friends with the Jewish people have adopted none other than that self-hating NAZI alleged “rabbi” Daniel Lapin as their “official rabbi”.

That scumbag Lapin has made anti-Semitic statements that are plagerized from Hitler’s Mein Kaumf.

Based on this as well as anti-Semitic comments and writings by people such as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson that with some Born Again Christians their “love” of the Jewish people ends at Israel’s border.

S: You are spot on about Lapin. There is no bigger kapo, traitor, fraud, sell-out, and scumbag than “Rabbi” Daniel Lapin. The man is an anti-Semite and tight with the biggest enemies of America and the Jewish people, including and especially Jihad Grover Norquist. He and his brother were tight with Jack Abramoff, and his brother cleared millions from the Abramoff scams. DS

Scott on June 17, 2011 at 2:46 am

I’ve been very critical of Debbie in the past, but when she’s good, she’s first-rate.

Yet I think the real lessons here are missed. So Ed Rollins is a hypocrite and a sell-out (for whatever reasons), hmm tough talking Republican sells out on the issues for votes and a lust for political leverage. Whatever next – fall to follow summer, to be followed by winter. UN condemns the Jews for building homes. Republicans are a busted flush, just like Democrats. At the end of the day they will all compromise (the only one I know of who is not like the rest is Alan West). Look at the ‘conservative’ media in the US – Fox News! Who was the last president – the dhimmi twit in chief George Bush Jr.

The whole two party system is an unfunny joke, it is bad to the bone, like the MSM, it cannot be reformed or cleaned up. Best leave the circus to the clowns. Under both Republicans and Democrats, US taxpayers fund Palestinian terrorism (via the funding to the ‘moderate’ terrorists the PA/Fatah) and arm Israel’s (and your) enemies – Egypt (soon to be under Muslim Brotherhood rule one would think), Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia etc. This is BIGGER NEWS AND A BIGGER SCANDAL than this Ed Rollins affair. That’s because giant corporations (including defense contractors) control Congress and the Senate, and it’s all about what’s in their interests. Like I say the whole system is rotten to the bone. Opt out of it. And educate people about the reality of Islam and its true face and what is really going on in the Middle-East. Yes I know Debbie does that, we all need to though.

On this Ed Rollins affair, see how many conservative newssites and blogs pick up on Debbie’s revelations (especially if and when Bachmann becomes a real contender) and when you hear the sounds of silence; let me know why you think ‘conservatives’ are any better than the moonbat Left.

Larry in Tel Aviv on June 17, 2011 at 2:47 am

Bachmann ain’t going to win this nomination anyway!

Bill C. on June 17, 2011 at 7:32 am

Great Article Debbie,

Keep up the GREAT work exposing these dangerous frauds, liars and hypocrites.

Stephen on June 17, 2011 at 8:50 am

Red Ryder: I agree with you, and the makings of the current mess go all the way back to Washington and Hamilton. Had Jefferson and the others who sought much more limited federal powers prevailed, we wouldn’t be in this situation. However, Washington’s experience dealing with the Continental Congress (which was late to provide men and materiale for the war effort), and his desire to create a Westward-expanding great power led him to push for a stronger federal government.

All I can say is, thank god Madison drew up the Bill of Rights as he did, or we’d be in an even bigger mess than we are now.

adam on June 17, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Adam–

    Reply was for you…

    Red Ryder on June 17, 2011 at 10:14 am

Given that his reply was via his blackberry, he probably didn’t have time to elaborate on why Debbie is “ill informed”. I hope he takes time to fill us in on those details. I like the way Debbie supplied the right answer.

>Like I said, I really wish Ed Rollins would just say, “You know what? You’re right. I never should have appeared at that event. I do not want to be associated with people in America who support Islamic terrorist groups and hate Israel.”<

That is the right answer. Rollins' failure to say it leaves me to worry that he may have participated in more than one such event.

Debbie: I don't know what the heck people see in Sarah Palin. I like her and appreciate her support of Israel, but I don't think we need another political novice in the White House. Being conservative (faux or real) by itself doesn't cut it. There are plenty of other conservative supporters of Israel with more experience in Washington D.C. than Sarah Palin. She's a good cheerleader for the GOP, but that's not enough to qualify her for the White House.

In the past 4 years, Palin has had any number of opportunities to run for other political offices and SERVE the United States. Instead, she quit the public office she held. Anyone who thinks this woman is on a track to become our next President is not thinking this through. It ain't gonna happen.

There is NO Santa Claus on June 17, 2011 at 9:23 am

Hi, Debbie:

Thanks for exposing Ed Rollins and putting Michele Bachmann on the spot. You stand watch well!

Marty Andrews, Fayetteville, New York

Marty Andrews on June 17, 2011 at 10:11 am

Kindred spirit! You know your history, and your Constitution. As I said, it’s truly amazing that people haven’t read the very document they say they “want to go back to.”

The only limits on Congressional power are stated in Art I Sec 9, and most of these are irrelevant today.

Of course, the biggest joke is that Art 1 Sec 9’s prohibition against “capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken” was removed by the 16th amendment, which brought in the income tax.

John Marshall was certainly right about “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”

Red Ryder on June 17, 2011 at 10:13 am

I echo most here and agree he is evading the issues. He’s attempting to pull the “How dare you question me you little person?” card.

I don’t even remember Ed Rollins. Everyone keeps saying how smart he is. If he is, he shouldn’t have even replied if he wouldn’t answer the question.

Agreed, Debbie, this isn’t a Jewish only issue, not even a Christian issue. This is a Western, American issue.

These people are coming here and very smartly realizing, instead of bombing us, are focussed on taking over from the inside, just like in Europe.

It’s like they say in church, the devil won’t come marching to church with horns and a pitchfork. The devil wears a 3 piece suit and pretends to be your friend.

Lastly, people like Rollins is why I don’t call myself a Republican anymore. Replublicans are as bad as Democrats, mostly. It’s all about money and power, very little principle.

Jeff_W on June 17, 2011 at 11:39 am

Debbie, I really like and respect you, but I think your wrong on Rollins, although you probably nailed it when you asked why he can’t just admit he made a mistake. Guys like Rollins with his persona are the type of people ‘who don’t make mistakes’ as was displayed by his temper. I think he loves publicity(wherever it is).

The fact that he married an orthodox Jew by a rabbi isn’t proof of anything to me(one way or another), although it suggests he is not a closet or rabid anti-semite(unless you are a sado masochist and love hating your spouse!)

Rollins is a smart guy, but a loose cannon, and this seems to be getting worse as he gets older.

But, the fact he married an orthodox Jew and is a self-described zionist and then speaks to the terrorist supporting Muslim group is schizophrenic. But my diagnosis is he just can’t admit a mistake and like to fight and spew off at the mouth.

david on June 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Received Bachmann’s campaign kick-off email asking for monetary contributions. I gave the most valuable contribution I could–a sincere request from someone she seeks to represent and protect as President of the United States–“Lose the islamfascist-pandering Rollins, then we’ll see what kind of Constitutional Conservative you really are. Thank you.”

Aurora on June 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Ed Rollins was indeed married by a Reform Rabbi
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/16/style/weddings-celebrations-shari-scharfer-ed-rollins.html

dee on June 18, 2011 at 5:02 am

The messiah is not coming from the republican party. I’m voting for Benjamin Netanyahu.

sefarditas on June 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

Like bho sometimes wears a yarmarka, rollins sometimes wears a barka… except who needs the muslim vote? Debbie is so right, let’s watch Michelle Bachman -she may be just another anything for a vote politician.
Allen West is the only man currently in politics that’s worth any support from We The People.

Oleg on June 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm

just curious about the comment “married by a rabbi” … maybe it was a civil ceremony outside the shul & the marriage commissioner happened to be a rabbi who was moonlighting …- it struck me as funny business because he would need to be jewish or would’ve converted… No? Is he lying?

jeff on July 12, 2011 at 3:08 am

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