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Palin's folks fire back at Bachmann's Rollins

The rift opened Tuesday, when Michele Bachmann's new heavy-hitting strategist, Ed Rollins, took a shot at Sarah Palin, saying on Fox News Radio:

“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."

Return volleys came today, when Palin's chief of staff responded.

Her PAC chief of staff Michael Glassner said in an emailed statement:

"Beltway political strategist Ed Rollins has a long, long track record of taking high profile jobs and promptly sticking his foot in his mouth. To no one's surprise he has done it again, while also fueling a contrived narrative about the presidential race by the mainstream media. One would expect that his woodshed moment is coming and that a retraction will be issued soon."

Ben Smith of Politico notes that the Rollins quote "exposed developing tensions between the Bachmann and Palin camps."

And The Page at Time.com trumpets: "This Means War."

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