Y'all Robin Smith has an evil henchman. Forget everything else that she has done for the
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TNGOP, forget that she has turned "Tennessee Republican" into a national brand (yes, a national brand of nuttiness, but a national brand); forget that she and her evil henchman are central to the fight to prove that barack HUSSEIN
Obama is an evil Muslim who wasn't even born in the United States; forget that the TNGOP effectively communicates with its constituents and conservative media; hell, forget that she presided over the TNGOP as they won control of the state legislature for the first time in more than a century; she has an evil henchman there in Bill Hobbs.
How many people have an actual evil henchman? How many women have actual evil henchmen?!
I can only think of Catwoman, who had those two guys who wore the ears in the Batman tv show, but she seems to have lost them between then and the movies.
No, I believe that Robin Smith is pretty unique among Tennesseans.
So why, all of a sudden, when she's leaving her job, is she being attacked
Ha, I was just thinking that this is exactly the kind of question that I ask and half of you are like, "Well, duh? Why are you even asking this out loud?" and the other half are like, "God, this is so stupid. There's nothing weird going on."
But really, let's look at how many of Robin Smith's troubles go back to other women. Some woman has started to accuse her of being incompetent. Some other woman spent a bunch of money on t-shirts for a woman's group, and charged it to the Tennessee Republican party without authorization (at least according to Mark Winslow's email
). And then she has to have some man come rush to her rescue in order to defend her not only from these charges, but from the charges that people don't like her.
One of the big ideas floating around is that as long as women are caught up in competing with each other for male approval, we're going to be too busy to work on actually improving our lives. And, of course, women can't be seen actively competing with each other for male approval, so we're taught from the time we're very small to play dumb (like "Oh I was so silly to not realize I had to pay for my own shirts.") and work behind the scenes to tear down our enemies.
When you're working in a group where only the very special women, who aren't like the rest of us, get to be powerful, if you want to be a powerful woman, you have to prove that the woman who has the power you want isn't actually very special at all.
And so it seems to be playing out here. And don't get me wrong; I'm no fan of Robin Smith. But here you have a person who has done more than her fair share to turn the TNGOP into a real political force, whose efforts helped return the TNGOP to a majority during an election when the national GOP melted down in spectacular fashion, and who seems to be exceptionally careful and thoughtful about doing her job right. Even if you think she's on the side of wrong, you have to respect that she gets the job done in a way that few folks can. And still you can see around her how her female opponents are angling to remind folks that she isn't really very special at all.
When you see stuff like that playing out at a state level, you start to think that it's too bad there's not some kind of movement that aims to make women's lives better by, in part, insisting that we stop acting like and treating each other like enemies.