Trouble in Bachmann land?
There could be trouble brewing in the campaign of Michele Bachmann. Ed Rollins is stepping away from the campaign.
Ed Rollins is going to be stepping back from day-to-day management of the Michele Bachmann campaign, and moving into a senior advisory role, he said in an interview.
Rollins said the reason for the change is personal — his health and the rigors of a campaign.
"I wish I was 40 years old, but I'm not," he told POLITICO. "I'm 68 years old, I had a stroke a year and a half ago. I'm worn out."
The change is coming just as Bachmann is entering a new phase of the race, searching for the right way forward against the Rick Perry juggernaut, which has sucked away the oxygen since her Ames Straw Poll win.
With Bachmann’s numbers falling in many of the polls, this could not be good for the campaign. Bachmann did well in the Iowa straw poll, which stirred up her fundraising. But now, this could be a sign that money is drying up.
Rollins deputy also resigned from the campaign.
The first, most important question is who is going to take Rollins’ place.
Presidential campaign managers are not a dime a dozen and finding one now will be tough. Can Bachmann hang on or is she now running for Vice President.
Only time will tell.
BACHMANN TURNIN ON OVERDRIVE!
Show the boys how its done, Michele!
While I believe a campaign manager is an important roll, if Michelle Bachmann isn't calling the shots she will fail without Rollins. I think she is smart enough to call her own game and will find someone to replace him.
I have always said it is too early to lock into one candidate and some good ones will come and go and while many here support her, she may not be the "one". Let the campaigns continue, the Tea Party is alive and well in spite of what the media says and at this point in time even without a "leader" our influence is changing the course the 2012 election and the day to day operation of Washington DC.
Vice president would be a great consolation in a Perry victory. The
conventional wisdom of a female or ethnic component on the ticket
does make sense assuming the creds are there (yes) and that the
philosophy is congruent with the conservative base (indeed yes).
A Romney - Bachmann ticket would be hard to like, but a pill to
be swallowed with grace and quiet misgivings.
Michele Bachmann is a great candidate and would make a good president, in my opinion. She has lost some support to Rick Perry, and there is some question whether she will be able to compete with him and Romney in terms of fund raising, but it would be an error to write her off at this point. I would hope that she will continue to make her presence known in the race. At this point, we need many voices in the debate. May the strongest candidate move to the top.
I do hope that Michele can and will hang in there. Of the three top contenders, she is the most
conservative, Perry is #2, and Romney is a distant #3. Palin's entry (should she choose to make
the move) would change everything. For better or for worse, things would change!