June 15, 2011, - 4:29 pm

Why did Michele Bachmann Hire Pan-Arabist Ed Rollins to Run Campaign?

By Debbie Schlussel

Yesterday, I posted Michele Bachmann’s solid, pro-Israel videos, but something was bothering me about her campaign, and I couldn’t remember what it was.  Now, I do.  It’s not something.  It’s someone:  Ed Rollins, who has made a practice of traveling to Muslim-dominated Dearbornistan, Michigan to give Muslims advice on how to gain political power.

Michele Bachmann’s Pan-Muslim Campaign Strategist, Ed Rollins

While I’m sure Bachmann’s well-informed views on Israel are sincere and heartfelt, she cannot expect supporters and would-be supporters to ignore the inconsistency between those views and paying Ed Rollins on as her chief campaign strategist.  Not unless she wants to appear like a phony. I still like her, but she’s gotta get rid of this guy.

As I’ve noted on this site, Ed Rollins has repeatedly appeared at Muslim political activism conferences in Dearbornistan, sponsored by the openly pro-HAMAS/Hezbollah Arab American Institute (headed by James Zogby).  Consistently, Rollins and Ron Paul are the only Republicans and so-called conservatives who show up.  The rest know better, and so does Rollins.

Rollins spoke to the mostly Muslim crowd in 2007, when the event was sponsored by La Shish, the Hezbollah restaurant, whose then-owner Talal Chahine had been indicted for laundering over $21 million to Hezbollah and continues to be a fugitive in Lebanon.  At the time, Chahine had already been indicted, escaped to Lebanon, and kept operating his restaurants from there (because the non-serious feds refused to freeze his assets and/or shut down the restaurant).  It was not only a national story, but an international one.  Ed Rollins knew the crowd to whom he was speaking.  Zogby and his AAI are not unknowns and remain tight with Frau Helen “Jews Go Back to Nazi Europe” Thomas.

So, why doesn’t this bother Michele Bachmann?  If she doesn’t know this, why didn’t she do her homework?  I’ve raised this issue, when Mike Hucksterbee ran in 2008, and Rollins was his campaign manager then.  And it’s no less of an issue now.  In fact, it’s more of one.  Does she really want the guy who’s helping the enemies of America from within take over electorally, running her campaign, too?

While Rollins is a brilliant campaign strategist, he wasn’t brilliant enough to say no to the mostly extremist Muslim crowd that paid him to speak to them in Dearbornistan and hear how to democratically take over.  I urge all of you who support Michele Bachmann to tell her to either get Ed Rollins to openliy and loudly disassociate himself with these Muslim extremists  . . . or she should disassociate herself with Ed Rollins.

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31 Responses

Why is everyone pandering to muslims? It seems that flying terror attacks like the 9/11 hijacking and murder works wonders – mulsim immigration is up, muslim pandering is up, muslim encroachment on our way of life is up. Apparently terror works.

DS_ROCKS! on June 15, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I presume she’s paying Rollins for his campaign advice and help – not for his views on Israel. Still, personnel IS policy. He wouldn’t be MY choice to run a campaign and he shouldn’t be Bachmann’s. Its time for supporters and friends of her candidacy to speak up and tell her to disassociate herself from Rollins.

NormanF on June 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Thanks for the update Debbie and maybe his position isn’t that big a deal. Him being a muslim can’t win her any votes within that crowd because Obama’s got them all. I say it deserves monitoring. If she took Allen West for VP I am sure you wouldn’t give a second thought to Rollins, who’ll get canned eventually. Better than that is getting Allen West to run for President doing his campaigning on his motrocycle.

Fred on June 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Yeah, the Rollins choice is a bit puzzling to me. On one hand, he does have a track record of winning. But on the other hand, it’s been awhile. In addition to the paling around with Muslims, I just don’t see him as a good fit for Rep. Bachmann. He’s a down and dirty brawler—-probably from his early years as a boxer. I know it’s probably asking a lot, but I’d like to see this primary season remain cordial among the candidates and that is going to be difficult with Ed Rollins out there mixing it up. Reagan’s 11th commandment is worth following this time around because while it is important who emerges as the nominee, what’s MOST important is that whoever it is can beat Obama. There is no one more conservative than I am, but this time around, no conservative purity test should make us forget just who we’re trying to defeat. The worst Republican will be better than Obama…..IF he or she can win.

Rollins is indeed someone to keep an eye on right now. While I respect his track record, to some extent, I don’t trust him. I hope his “down and dirty” style doesn’t end up costing us the election next year just to score a few cheap points this year.

Rick on June 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Some came out demanding Rollins resign or be dismissed after his childish comment about Sarah Palin not being a “serious” candidate last week. Then to add insult to injury, Rollins opined (paraphrasing) Michele Bachamann was not only attractive (like Palin) but also intelligent. I thought, what an idiot! Bachmann should have summarily fired him.

    Steve Klein on June 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Off topic – Debbie will have something to say about this shortly but a New York jury found the Muslims charged with plotting to bomb New York synagogues not culpable due to reasons of mental incapacity. Wow… that really frosts me but not too surprising!

Alhamidullah (praise Allah) if I am jihadist, I know enough if I’m caught, to pretend I’m crazy! The infidels, Allah bless them, will go easy on me!

NormanF on June 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    More like mental cases – it ain’t the Islam, stupid. A moronic New York grand jury refused to issue serious indictments against Ferhani and Mamdouh. Hey, plotting terrorism against Jews means yup, you have a screw loose and it has nothing to do with hating them and the places where they worship.

    You believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell to ya. Blowing up a synagogue isn’t a crime – if you can convince Stupid Americans who should know better you’re a mentally ill Muslim. That’s redundant.

    Religion Of Craziness, Baby!

    NormanF on June 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm

A first… a Muslima named to head Manhattan College’s Holocaust Center.


Yup – the times are changing. This is what we get when Jews start to lose sight of the real meaning of the Holocaust!

NormanF on June 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Well, I thought it was bad news because of his connections with that fraud Huckaphony. I never knew this about that idiot Rollins. He indeed is a very bad guy.

I should search the archives here everyday. DS always delivers!

EVERYONE should take pause that Bachmann has hired him. She indeed may be caught up in the establishment and working with either Romney or Huntsman. Hmmm. Still gotta suss this out.

Skunky on June 15, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I can’t believe she’s made this error.

FactsRule on June 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm

This is why we have debates in a Free Society. Michele really screwed up by hiring Rollins. I knew that from the get go.
Speaking of GO- GO SARAH!

CP: Uh, this is not the page for the venting of Sarah PAC employees. Ed Rollins’ comments on Sarah Palin are SPOT ON. DS

coolpillow on June 15, 2011 at 9:55 pm


    Ralph on June 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

Ed Rollins was President Ronald Reagan’s national campaign manager for his 1984 re-election bid.

There is NO Santa Claus on June 16, 2011 at 12:08 am

Neither Bachman nor Palin are to be trusted as “supporters” of Israel. I trust these women to support Israel in the same way that I trust Hillary Clinton to support Israel–and you know what that “trust” is worth.

All of these women, to varying degrees, have pledged to support Israel, but when push comes to shove, they at most will only talk the talk. They will not walk the walk. So their talk is worthless.

Of all the people in the political arena today who are possible candidates for president or vice president, there two, and only two candidates, that not only talk the talk, but walk the walk, when it comes to Israel–and for the policies that will benefit America and Americans. And make no mistake about that, the individuals that truly support Israel are also the very best when it comes to supporting the USA. Those two individuals are Hermain Cain and Mike Pense. They are the only trustworthy individuals in the arena today.

Romney certainly cannot be trust to support Israel, and there is no history of him doing so. Ron Paul is an absolutely vile anti-Semite and a whack-job unfit to hold any public office.

If I could have my dream-team, it would be a Cain-Pense ticket against Obama-Biden. This would pit a Republican team of intelligence, ability, and achievement against a Democratic team of incompetence, failure, and waste.

Ralph Adamo on June 16, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Interesting. It’s hard for me to put Bachmann and Palin in the same camp as Hillary Clinton. Clinton had an anti-Israel track record by means of her public support for a Muslim-enemy state in Israel when she was First Lady, thereby embarrassing her husband. Also her embrace of Suha Arafat after she (Arafat) made a blood libel against the Jews; accusing the Jews of poisoning ‘Palestinian’ children. Clinton rose up and kissed Arafat.

    Nonetheless, you may be right. These two may not be solidly pro-Israel but I hate to compare them with Hillary Clinton who is a certifiable liar and maybe an anti-Semite.

    Steve Klein on June 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I don’t know. Bachmann has been VERY Pro-Israeli in a very pro-palestinian state. But hiring an asshole as your campaign director isn’t too bright.

Occam's Tool on June 16, 2011 at 1:48 am

Expertise on subjects is anything but a guarantee of rising to counsel. Our leaders are politically restrained from even learning the truth about the enemy.

Peace will only come in the Levant, when a Western government makes a Christian presence in the Judeo-Christian Holy Lands. That would mean a military presence, and enforced removal of all meccan-cultists from our lands. Over 2,000,000 arab speaking Christians have been coerced to leave their Holy Lands since 1947. Any restoration must include them, to the detriment of the Beast-From-the-East whose rape-plunder horde arrived in the 7th century AD. Influence holding by paid weasels like Ed Rollins, is a sandbag to common sense.

An Israel TV documentary reported that Hizbollah use of Iranian designed IEDs caused the destruction of 29 of Israel’s finest battle tanks, and has negated infantry as an effective weapon of war. Israelis readily admit that the destruction of the Ashkelon electricity production facility alone – which produces one-sixth of Israel’s power – would be answered by nuclear strikes. Without infantry, there would be no alternative. Hizbollah and Hamas hold tens of thousands of missiles, many of which can now strike Tel Aviv. If you believe in escalation-scenarios, then you understand the course of the next war. That understanding cannot be reached when public relations floaters like Rollins, are handed unearned authority.

John P on June 16, 2011 at 2:43 am

Obama is simply a Trojan Horse that has not been destroyed, YET! What is happening with immigration and Sharia Law is a reflection of the so called: “Commander in Chief.” As the Muslim President (who mocked my Gods Word, yet calls himself Christian)continues his mission, we must stand to fight this horrible invasion by the evilest of evil.

Amedeo Bianchi on June 16, 2011 at 4:00 am

What is great that her so called (which was single mother by the way upbringing) in which she loved Israel so much that she want to a Kibutz of all places which they openly have made their own religion of Socialism.

I mean give me a break Debbie. On other issues regarding AMERICA she has not walked the walk in her own state supporting a tax hike in her own state after she claimed to be against it. So when it affects her she supports tax hikes. Her whole life has been working in Federal Jobs. Working for the IRS.

So I don’t see much to like here.

aryeh on June 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

JImmy Carter was pro Israel too when he ran. Big deal!!! SHe went to a Kibtuz. That doesn’t show any love of what it really means to be JEwish and the Bible. What a bunch of malarky. She is smart enough to appeal to those who do support Israel but I don’t she likes the bible which is very male dominated.

aryeh on June 16, 2011 at 8:10 am


    Mel Reynolds spent a summer volunteering on a kibbutz. He was the “dragon-slayer” who unseated the overtly anti-Semitic Gus Savage from Congress. Mel’s congressional seat is now held by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

    To demonstrate the value (or lack of value) of working on a Kibbutz, please search for “Mel Reynolds” on Debbie’s site. She will explain to you what happened to ole Mel.

    FYI, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel once boasted that he was the only member of Congress that “actually served in the IDF”.

    In short, I believe this stuff makes for good theater; about as much value as Sarah Palin’s Jewish Star necklace. What these people do in office tells us the real story.

    Bachman is probably better than most when it comes to US/Israel relations. Her record in Congress needs to be examined more closely. The mere fact that she worked on a Kibbutz is not conclusive. I don’t think Debbie meant that it was; only that it was a reasonable sign that she is supportive of Israel.


    There is NO Santa Claus

    There is NO Santa Claus on June 16, 2011 at 8:43 am

Believe it or not the government through the CIA and FBI deliberately portrays Muslims as evil to support illegal wars and an ass backwards foreign policy not based in the Constitution.

Are there bad guys in every religion…of course! But whatever happened to freedom of religion? Some here are wanting freedom from some religions.

It just shows how the NWO wants one world government to take place. And leave it to Mossad, MI-6, and CIA to lead this triple play of STAGED terror!

Bob Porrazzo on June 16, 2011 at 8:15 am

Rollins is a political gun for hire, and he is good at it. He would work for anybody, as long as he is paid.

I met him when he worked for Reagan. He (Rollins) was cold blooded (a colta neshuma), but he was very politcally savvy.

It may turn out to be a smart move by Bachman.

Jonathan E. Grant on June 16, 2011 at 9:21 am

Debbie, thanks for the info. Rollins needs to clean up his act (admit his Dearborn mistake), and Bachmann needs to dump him.

Truth on June 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

There is no doubt that her actions are lacking consistency. We should not embrace the cult of terrorism, deception and treachery.

G. R. SCHAROUBIM on June 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

I am not sure yet who I am voting for, but if you want perfection, seek out G-d. None of these candidates are going to be 100% on their conservative voting records and actions (don’t even think of mentioning Ron Paul–his proposals would be injurious to the American Public).

Let us remember that even Ronald Reagan had James A. Baker, George Bush, and Rollins, and Reagan was the first one to have a general amnesty for illegals which has led to this country’s downfalls.

There are no Harry Trumans, Eisenhowers, Teddy Roosevelts, or anymore, and those men made mistakes, too. Eisenhower created HEW, and screwed up on the ’56 Middle Eastern war, taking the wrong side. Truman pushed social programs (none passed), that would later drain this country of funds (Medicare). Roosevelt was great as president, but he forgot to strangle his nephew(Cousin?) Franklin in his crib.

Jonathan Grant on June 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

Once again, when I want to know their connections to islam, all I have to do is check my Schlussel newsletter or google Debbie’s name and that person’s name along with a key word or two (lots of times I don’t even need the key word or two.)
Thank you, Debbie.

Why the hell are we so enmeshed with the arab world that islam is literally gunked up & collecting in every single nook & crannie of U.S. life? What have they got that we want or need? Oil? sand? more arabs? And they need to be over here!?!

I just don’t get it. What are “U.S. interests in the mideast?” All the talking heads use those words, but never specify what they are.

Aurora on June 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Kosher. Doesn’t seem to be of that status here?

Michael W. on June 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I don’t believe this whole incident is kosher? We’ll see what develops in the coming up pre-elections. I’m happy for one thing, it’s always good to see someones other side before they get into office. I wish people would have been more prudent with our current President Obama. He’s not the worst? But then again, not the best we’ve ever had… We need a miracle at this point and time. Does anyone realize, there are much more people out in the World that get away with much more crimes than Shalom Rubashkin and look at what’s happening with him. Why? Wake up people. See the light. Maybe I’m wrong? Maybe I’m viewing things in a disproportionate way and see things differently. You’ve heard of the saying, “give him a hand, he’ll want an arm, give him a foot, he’ll want a leg” and so on. It seems like the game plan here. Everyone is calling the bad guys good and the good guys bad. We’re a little mixed up or maybe that’s from my own perspective view of things?

Michel W on June 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Michele get rid of rollins or you want get my vote

Betty on July 9, 2011 at 11:19 am


Wake up, both Democrats and Repbulicans seek Israel’s destruction, one more openly than the other. G-d is sending you a wake up call, he’s closing down gALUT and wants all the Jews home in Eretz Yisrael….Take a hint

Wake up on October 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm

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