What’s Going on with the Republicans?!

Tiny Pasture asked me on Wednesday if I thought they’d get rid of Hobbs and I was all “No.  He might choose to leave, but they’ll never get rid of him.”

Consider the crow eaten.

Corker’s people come on board and Hobbs is out.

Jackson Baker’s got some good analysis, but here’s my question.

Smith and Hobbs helped Republicans win Tennessee.  It was ugly and, well, boy, it was ugly, but they did it.

But now, anyone who’s been down to the statehouse can see that it’s a giant clusterfuck.  Bills that shouldn’t see the light of day are being debated by people who don’t even know how the system they’re in works.

At Blogger Appeasement Day on the Hill, I asked over lunch of the National Democrats would come in and take over and steer the Democratic ship back into deep waters and the general consensus was “no,” that, if they were going to do anything, it would be to build a new ship.

But now I wonder if that’s not the wrong question.  Is the Republican party in such a state now that certain Republicans can feel like Tennessee Republicans are having the wrong kind of success?  Are smart, urbane Republicans willing to stop exploiting the yahoo vote in order to reassure the nation that Tennessee is not full of Republican Yahoos?

I don’t know how to read the tea leaves here, but I feel like we’re seeing some enforced sanity.

Might we call it the rise of the Roger Abramson Republican?

4 thoughts on “What’s Going on with the Republicans?!

  1. Hobbs was very good at getting people to talk…about Hobbs. When your communications director is any part of the story, you’ve got a problem, whatever other talents he brings to the table.

    I’m guessing he’s only evil genius when measured relative to the ineffectiveness of the TNDP’s office in the last few years. I’ve never met the guy, but I’ve been astonished that he’s kept his job this long.

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  3. If I were the cynical sort (and I am) I would suppose it’s not in small part a play to make sure Haslam gets their nomination; Hobbs brings the nutbags out of their caves and bunkers, who might given it to Ramsey or Wamp. Which I suppose is sort of the applied-science version of the same thing you’re saying.

  4. That’s absolutely right, Jon.

    I am on a lot of Democratic email lists. I have only been on one Republican’s: Bob Corker- and I asked to be just so I could track his campaign- well, darned if I didn’t start getting Haslam emails. Corker has obviously given his email list to Haslam..

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