Nashville Post Politics
Posted on November 3, 2008 at 6:56 am
TNGOP Chair Robin Smith makes the case for hard right populist conservatism in Tennessee:
State GOP Chairwoman Robin Smith, though, rejects any notion of a moderate Tennessee electorate or an Obama-built Democratic insurgency growing anywhere near the state’s rural interior.
“Without question, the Obamacrats are strong in the urban areas and the areas where people are dependent on a welfare state,” Smith said. “(But) Democrats in their literature, piece by piece, point by point, if you took their names off, will look Republican.”
She added: “I think it’s absolutely hypocrisy and a lie that they have any coattails of Barack Obama in this state.”
Smith said she thinks there is enough distance between Tennessee Republicans and the heavily criticized national party to allow the local group’s influence to grow in the state, forecasting a full legislative takeover in the near future.
“If we don’t make history in this election cycle, I think we will in 2010,” she said.