Is Bill Hobbs on vacation?
I ask only because it’s now July 14th and he hasn’t posted anything since the 10th, which means that, throughout this whole Robin Smith affair, he’s been silent.
I find this interesting, frankly, more interesting than folks yanking Smith’s chain, though that’s been fun. It’s something to keep an eye on. Why hasn’t Hobbs commented about this, either by coming to his boss’s defense or by attacking her critics?
It’s hard to know for sure from the outside, but you look for changes in the landscape to tell you about shifts in the plates, and this is the second subtle change in the landscape of the TNGOP we’ve seen in as many weeks. First, Bill Hobbs did a lengthy “refutation” of my post over at his own site. There was a day in the not so recent past when folks at the TNGOP would brush their critics off like so many pesky flies. Oh, they might address their critics obliquely, but never, even would they give us the satisfaction of letting us be certain they were aware specifically of who was doing the criticizing.
And now? Now we see Hobbs addressing his critics and we see Smith taking on hers. It’s disconcerting to see them so openly playing defense.
So, that’s a change.
But second, we’ve seen time and time again Smith sticking by Hobbs. Even David Oatney has said that Hobbs isn’t going unless Smith goes. We know Smith has Hobbs’s back.
But does Hobbs have Smith’s?
The conventional wisdom is that Hobbs would lose his job if Smith lost hers. But the question you have to ask, I believe, as you keep your eye on this is “Isn’t there one circumstance under which Smith losing her job would be good for Hobbs?”
And then you have to wonder if Hobbs’s silence isn’t calculated.
I mean, folks, really. What kind of Communications Director would let his boss send a letter to the Governor–which the Communications Director at least knows becomes public record–that could so easily be reduced to “How can I possibly be racist? Some of my kid’s best friends are black”? And what kind of Communications Director would then let his boss talk to the media about some grand conspiracy against her?
Maybe it’s as simple as a Communications Director who’s on vacation.
But I’ll be interested to hear.