What Did Go Wrong with Gretchen Wilson?

Jim Malec is on the verge of kicking her out of country music and I can’t say that I blame him.  I just wonder–what went wrong?  Is she a natural ballad singer stuck in an endless cycle of forever more derivative versions of “Redneck Woman”?  Is it because she stopped writing her own material?  Is John Rich secretly a bad influence on her?  What?  And what can she do to right herself?

I still think she could do an interesting cover of “I’m Going to Hire a Wino,” which might still be kind of like “Redneck Woman” but from the other side.  But I have to think that the other thing she needs to do is get back to being true to herself.  People connected with her, I think, because they thought they were really hearing from her and “Redneck Woman” wasn’t just a “fuck you” party song.  There was a sharp, strong edge right along the spine of that song–that whole “Well, if I can’t have your stuff, fuck you, I don’t want it” that rang so true.

And if ever there was a time for a woman who would sing about how people make a hard life work for them, isn’t it now?

The Witch on the Mentalist

I was, frankly, speechless.  It was so bad.  So, so, bad.  So bad I’m having to kick Robin Tunney out of The Craft in retrospect.

Edited to add: Wow, there seems to be a ton of people googling this episode.  If y’all are looking for more information on the episode and a more serious discussion about it as it pertains to paganism, check out the discussion at The Wild Hunt.

Keeping the Caucus Together

It’ll be interesting to see whether the Republicans keep Williams or if they kick him out.  The threat was that, if anyone didn’t vote the way the Repubs wanted, he or she was out of the Party.  And Robin Smith certainly has made it clear that Wiliams is a traitor and not a real Republican.

But if they kick him out, knowing, as they now know that they can’t trust him to keep his word, do they really have any hope of having committee chairs and other perks?

More importantly, does this show an outer limit to the state Republicans’ “bully your way into governing” strategy?

I mean, and yes, maybe I am pouring salt into wounds, but is there no one in the whole GOP who, when they were talking about making sure Mumpower would be elected Speaker, said “Um, we really dicked Williams over hard in the primary.  Are we sure he’ll do what we want?” and when met with answers of “We have his word,” said to them “Um, yes, about that.  You know this isn’t a movie, right?  No one here is actually John Wayne or Jack Bauer and the word of a man you’ve treated poorly doesn’t actually mean anything.”?

Or did they really believe that a one-person majority was a mandate?

I don’t know.

I will say this, though.  If the Democrats who met with us bloggers knew this was in the pipeline and still sat there and pitched to us this tale of woe about how the Party is in disarray and there is no unifying message and how they are just screwed and don’t understand the internet and woe is us so that we would run out and write about how the Democrats are in disarray and they have no unifying message and are just screwed… I’m just saying, if we were played, too, well, then, well played, Democrats, well played.

Yep, Another Case of those Elites Ruining it For the White Supremacists

S-town Mike is following the whole Crafton thing more closely than I can bear.  And apparently now Crafton is pissing and moaning because some liberal elites want to keep him from oppressing foreigners.  Yes, I kid you not: Eric Crafton thinks it is unfair that some shadowy group of liberal elites is keeping him and his shadowy group of white supremacists from oppressing people.

Yes, because people are standing in the way of him oppressing people, he is being oppressed.

I’m sure your heart, as mine does, breaks for him.