We need Bachmann-Palin feud for our summer entertainment 

Rats! Michele Bachmann said she will not accommodate the media by engaging in a mud-wrestling match with Sarah Palin. It would have been such fun.

The two attractive, family-oriented Republican conservatives could have done so much for the women’s movement if they would go after each other tooth and nail on how to reinvigorate the economy.

An ex-governor and a sitting House member slugging it out on how we pay our debts if the debt ceiling is not raised would have been riveting.

Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty would have eaten their hearts out if a Bachmann-Palin debate focused on whose business skills could encourage more job growth.



Bachmann put the kibosh on mud wrangling with Palin only after her new campaign adviser, veteran GOP strategist Ed Rollins, swiped at Palin.

Announcing his support for Bachmann, Rollins said of Palin: “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. You know, I think Michele Bachmann and others have worked hard. She has been a leader of the tea party, which is a very important element here. She’s an attorney, done extraordinary things with family values and what have you. So I think she will connect. She’s a great, great communicator, and I would say in the race ... today, she is probably the best communicator.”

Leaving aside the fact that most vice presidential candidates get the nomination “handed” to them, Rollins’ insistence that Bachmann is a “great, great communicator” might be a slight exaggeration.

Bachmann’s determination to put another Michele in the White House follows a history of gaffes. She said Obama’s five-day trip to India cost $200 million a day, or $1 billion, a completely incorrect figure that came from a low-level Indian official. She said the Founding Fathers worked “tirelessly” to end slavery. Since Jefferson and Washington both owned slaves and it took the Civil War to end slavery, her knowledge of history seems shaky.

Palin’s history of flubs also is well-established. Most recently she said Paul Revere’s famous ride was to warn the British, when schoolchildren know it was to warn colonists the British were coming.

Come to think of it, a Bachmann-Palin face-off might have been great summertime entertainment.

Scripps Howard News Service columnist Ann McFeatters has covered the White House and national politics since 1986.

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