Hill’s explanation doesn’t ring true, does it? He threw a temper tantrum because the bill’s supporters, with whom he supposedly was allied, were moving too quickly? And for that reason, he was willing to betray and embarrass Speaker Beth Harwell, who was sitting right there with him in the meeting room when he stuck the shiv in her back?
No, that’s not why Hill, R-Jonesborough, did it. At least it seems obvious that’s not the whole reason. Personally, Pith favors the payback theory. To wit:
Only last week Hill—an Obama birther and Christian Right radio talk show host—was publicly disrespected during a meeting of the House Calendar and Rules Committee. The committee, which schedules bills for House floor votes, refused to send along a piece of far-right lunacy to make it a crime for United Nations representatives to observe elections in Tennessee. That bill, which was adopted in the committee Hill chairs, was sent back to another committee, the one chaired by Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol.
It was Lundberg’s idea, and Hill was outraged. He actually threatened to retaliate.
“Just remember, the vast majority of this committee is made up of fellow chairmen,” Hill said during that meeting. “Guess what? Your committee will probably be next.”
Lundberg also is the sponsor of the wine-in-supermarkets bill and, when he appeared before Hill’s committee this week, it was the perfect opportunity for Hill to strike back. So there you have it, dear Pith reader. To give Hill the satisfaction of spanking Lundberg and the rest of the House leadership, we all have been denied the convenience of buying wine in supermarkets.