Saturday, May 30, 2009
Adieu, Robin Smith
Today, the Tennessee Republican Party bids adieu to its most successful chief.
Robin Smith served but two years as chair of the state GOP, but, oh, what a two years it was.
During her two-year term, Smith:
● Engineered a Republican majority in both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly for the first time since 1869, and, as a result, Tennessee now has a Republican Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Comptroller of the Treasury. Furthermore, all 95 counties in Tennessee now have a Republican-majority election commission for the first time since, well, ever.
● Led the Tennessee for McCain effort. McCain bested B. Hussein Obama 57 percent to 42 percent, thus putting to rest the notion that the the Volunteer State is a "swing state." Obama's poor showing went a long way toward convincing U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis and former-U.S. Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. to abandon their gubernatorial aspirations. Thus, Tennessee's more or less assured of having a GOP governor come 2011.
Somewhere, Randle Richardson is jealous ...
Give Robin Smith serious props here.