Monday, June 30, 2008

What's in the Water in Tennessee?

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 1:42 PM

The Huffington Post poses the question today, "What's in the Water in Anti-Obama Tennessee?" and concludes that (a) there's a publicity craving nutjob occupying the position of state GOP communications director and (b) a fair number of ignorant rubes reside in the Tennessee backwoods and believe what they hear on FOX News. Beyond those two news flashes, there are a couple of interesting quotes in the story. Here's Bill Hobbs boasting about his YouTube attack on Michelle Obama:
"I think that [Michelle Obama] video, which we put up on YouTube, struck a nerve. It struck a nerve with Democrats and they squealed and they squealed really loud, and it caused a big storm in the media."
Hobbs doesn't seem to understand that causing a "big storm in the media" isn't necessarily the same as helping the Republican cause. In this case, Hobbs embarrassed Republicans (yet again) and turned off independent voters (yet again). But hey, at least Hobbs is having fun. The second item of interest comes from the Nashville Post's Ken Whitehouse, who is quoted in the story suggesting that Hobbs should keep his job resume updated. Here's Whitehouse:
"You've got the more centrist, moderate Republicans who are frankly embarrassed by Hobbs. I've got Republican members of the state legislature who are biding their time, keeping their mouth shut, but don't like what he's doing because he is drawing attention to himself and not the message. But at the same time you have people who want to fight and love him for it."

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