Like Those Folks Who Shop at Harris Teeter?

The fact that BILL HOBBS could call anyone an arrogant, insufferable elitist and not be struck dead by lightning immediately just proves how much the gods love me and want me to be entertained.

Here’s the thing. Every single person on the planet can see this for what it is. Hobbs insulted a man’s wife. That man is now angry that his wife has been insulted and is defending her, because that’s what good husbands do for their wifes (and good spouses do for each other in general). This isn’t about Obama trying to control what everyone in the country is saying. This is about Obama being personally insulted by Hobbs’s deliberately insulting behavior. Hobbs’s continuing insistence that this willingness to stand up for his wife and defend her is a character flaw is now bordering on bizarre.

Is the TNGOP now saying that it’s a character flaw for a man to defend his wife? Aren’t they supposed to be the party of “traditional values”?

Listen, I have my disagreements with the conservatives in this state, but the men I know here place a high premium on honor and defending their loved ones. It seems to me that Hobbs has got a tiger by the tail here. He wants to play this like “Oh, look at Obama, that sissy elitist who thinks he can tell everyone what to do” but in order to do that, he’s chosen to attack a man’s wife and to belittle that man for sticking up for her.

I really don’t know many men in Tennessee who want to be associated with picking on a man for doing what many of them see as the right thing, the thing a man’s supposed to do when someone comes gunning for his wife.

I mean, honor is important here and Hobbs is straddling the line, if not crossing it, into impugning Obama’s honor. Folks might not like Obama, but I just can’t see that they want to be associated with someone who’s intentionally dishonoring Obama and then trying to act like he wasn’t trying to pick a fight and he can’t understand why everyone’s upset.

I mean, that just seems unseemly. You pick a fight, fight it. But to dishonor a man’s wife and then try to make it like there’s something wrong with him for being angry about it?

Just ain’t right.

That’s all I’m saying.

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  3. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

    I think with Hobbs, it’s mostly about egotism and an inflated quasi-celebrity. It’s rather sad. Hobbs displays the classic attention-seeker syndrome. I wish that Hobbs truly thought about serving others from a Christ-centered perspective, instead of constantly attempting to inflate his own sense of self-importance.

    It’s a lesson that I learned fortunately this past month. But cripes, Hobbs is in his early-40s, no?

  4. It’s time to discuss how Cindy McCain’s father appears related to the tale of a journalist’s murder. Matt Welsh. “Turns out, the guy widely suspected of ordering Don Bolles’ hit was a huge Arizona mobster who employed Cindy McCain’s convict father Jim Hensley, and who had just had his appointment to the state’s racing board scuttled by Bolles’ investigative reporting into his filthy career. From the Arizona Republic in 2000: Jim Hensley had been an underling to well-known power broker Kemper Marley Sr., a rich rancher and wholesale liquor baron with suspected links to the 1976 car-bomb murder of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles.” “Eugene Hensley was sentenced to a year in federal prison. Jim Hensley got six months, but his sentence was suspended. He received probation.

    In 1953, Jim Hensley was again charged with falsifying records at Marley’s liquor firms. The companies were defended by William Rehnquist, who would go on to become chief justice of the Supreme Court. Hensley was found not guilty. ” “On June 2, 1976, a bomb exploded beneath Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles’ car. Eleven days later, he died. Today, there are still those who believe Bolles’ slaying is something of a mystery. Prosecutors say he was killed because of his stories attacking powerful Valley businessman Kemper Marley. Others think he died because of what he wrote about organized crime. Still others believe he was done in by a combination of the two. The truth is buried in the minds, or in the graves, of those who were involved.”

  5. You’re right Aunt B. Women should be left out due to the fact that they are delicate little flowers. Yeah, don’t hit the girl.

  6. Yes, Glen, if you reduce my point to it’s most absurd essense, ignorning 99% of what I said and twisting the rest, that’s it exactly.

    Oh, how I’ve seen the error of my ways! I’m voting Republican from here on out. What a hypocrite I’ve been up until now. Blow jobs for everyone who’s ever felt wronged by me!

    God, you must just be a joy at parties.

  7. Spouses should be “left out” because they aren’t the person running for president and have a negligible effect on policy and governance.

    Americans are hungry for the candidates to have a conversation about the substance of how to improve what’s good and fix what’s broken. The TennGOP is instead dicking around talking about lapel pins and whether someone’s wife is on the Amen bench. It makes them look like they have no ideas and that they’ve lost the ability to ask the tough questions which need to be asked and answered…which is not the impression that a communication director wants to leave.

  8. Bridgett, I’m on the fence about that one. You’re right, the person’s spouse isn’t running for president. But a person’s spouse is a huge influence on them and can have a pretty non-neglibible effect on policy implemented by their spouse. Just ask Hillary.

    Of course, this particular hill that Hobbs has picked to stand on is a poor choice. But I’m still conflicted about it.

  9. I remember catching all kinds of flack for suggesting Democrats refrain from attacking laura and the twins. I have always hated this idea that because someone is married or otherwise related to a candidate, that they are “fair game.”

    Its gutter politics, where Hobbs feels right at home. Unfortunately, there are many Dems there to keep him company.

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  11. Well, here’s how I look at it. I work in the same place as my husband. In fact, we share office space, a telephone number, an insurance policy…there’s a lot of ways our “twoness” works in our employer’s favor, because we do work at home and we talk about our respective jobs, and we have a broader network of connections on the job, and they sure save money on our benefits, travel stipends, etc. However, when I get my performance review, my boss doesn’t say “I like your work, but your husband recently made an off-color joke at an office party and so we aren’t going to give you a raise this year.” If I behave badly, he doesn’t get fired and if I am a saint, he doesn’t get promoted. We are judged, rightly, on our individual merits as an employee.

    Hillary had the will, the ambition, and the opportunity to craft policy and propose legislation and it didn’t work because the spouse is not part of the executive branch. The least effective part of her campaign has been her argument that her work as First Lady prepared her to be president — Americans are rightly skeptical of that claim.

    If you want a stronger example, I’d turn maybe to Edith Galt Wilson (who actually did take over for Woodrow Wilson after he had his stroke, extra-constitutionally, because she didn’t like his VP and didn’t want to relinquish power). Eleanor Roosevelt is often held up as an activist First Lady, but she was active outside the White House (by design). She was an effective domestic ambassador for the New Deal, but she was far more radical than FDR and her letters to FDR indicate that she thought he wasn’t going nearly far enough in policy matters.

    The larger point still stands. We’ve got more substantial things to learn about a potential president. A party confident of their own policy agenda (that didn’t think that Tennesseans were fundamentally stupid or obsessed with bullshit trivia) would be quick to articulate the superiority of their proposed vision for the country.

  12. Good one there Bridgett. Edith Wilson might be considered the first woman President, because, well that’s kind of what she was. Ironically, she opposed women’s suffrage.

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