Ed Rollins is mad at Sarah Palin.
The former Reagan White House official has penned an article at CNN.com in which he tells Palin “to quit comparing yourself to Ronald Reagan.”
Methinks Rollins doth protest too much.
After all, let’s not forget he was Mike Huckabee’s national campaign chairman in the former Arkansas Governor turned TV talk show host’s 2008 bid for the White House. Back then Rollins had little hesitation in likening Huckabee to the Gipper as was the case when he was quoted in an article which appeared in the Telegraph in December 2007:
“Governor Huckabee has probably inspired me as much as Ronald Reagan. He had an ability to connect with people and he was a great communicator. I’ve looked for a long time for another candidate to do that.
“People are always asking: ‘Who’s the next Ronald Reagan?’ Well, I was with the old Reagan. I can promise you that this man comes as close as I’ve ever seen.”
If Huckabee should decide to make a bid for the GOP nomination in 2012 then it would not be unreasonable to assume that Rollins would once again play a large role in Huckabee’s campaign. Perhaps Rollins fears that Palin has stolen some of Huckabee’s thunder and is thus launching this salvo against the former Alaska Governor.
The fact is that Sarah Palin isn’t the first GOP presidential prospect to invoke Reagan and she won’t be the last. But the fact that Rollins singles out Palin for doing so is quite telling indeed.