FIRE ED ROLLINS!
One hour and 15 minutes after I posted this advice, I received the following email. The sender, an old friend in public relations, was attempting to gloat that his profession was already on the job preparing to attack Mrs. Bachmann on every thing she ever said or had done.
From NYT piece on Michelle Bachmann announcing her candidacy today in Waterloo, Iowa:This flub has precisely the sought of flawed earmark one finds on cute ideas originating with Ed Rollins. Mind you -- I do not KNOW that Ed Rollins was the source of the misinformation that slipped out during this interview, but it is the kind of mistake to which he has previously contributed.
”John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa,” Mrs. Bachmann told Fox News’ Carl Cameron in an interview. “That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.”
The actor was actually born in Winterset, Iowa, which is about 150 miles southwest of Waterloo. It was John Wayne Gacy, known as the killer clown who raped and murdered 33 teen-age boys in the 1970s, who had lived in Waterloo.
Remember where you heard this warning. Anyone who is close to Mrs. Bachmann or knows someone who has her best interests at heart, should point her to this post. I am not clairvoyant -- I simply have a pretty good judge of character, and good historical evidence backed up the warning I posted before I knew of this particular flub.