Rocky Top hits Rock Bottom.

UT search for a head coach riles political leaders, fans and more.

Okay, the first clue that Ohio State asst. coach Greg Schiano was not a wise choice to be the Vols next head football coach, might have been his connection to  the worse scandal in college football history — the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky Pedophilia crime.

This was the headline from the Washington Post from July 2016:

Oh, and let’s make sure our friends in the MSM sports world and the hard-left leaning/failing ESPN apologists understand what we are talking about. Schiano was involved.  We ignorant hillbillies just didn’t know about it until deposition transcripts were released last year and Vol fans discovered that info on Sunday.  Schiano was described by a fellow Penn State coach as “ashen faced”when he saw coach Sandusky (who is now in prison) doing unspeakably horrible things to a young boy in the Penn State locker room showers.  Schiano latter denied it in a tweet, but not under oath.  He didn’t resign at the time and there is no record of him every reporting the crime to the police.  What a guy!  He is just the sort of mentor of young athletes that every parent wants guiding their sons on the gridiron!

But the geniuses in the UT administration thought that PEDOPHILIA issues were just water under the bridge.  NO problem.  Will never come up.

That is until the customer base of the wealthiest football program in the SEC (aka, Vol fans) rose up in justifiable indignation and demanded the deal that had been crafted in secret be trashed.  It took all of about 3-4 hours to accomplish that last Sunday afternoon.

Thank God for “ignorant rednecks” who still possess a moral compass.

Soon-to-be-ex-Athletic Director John Currie and other UT leaders were gob-smacked.  Why, hadn’t they received the enthusiastic endorsement for Schiano from Jimmy Haslam (who once had Schiano as one of his two finalists for the head coaching job for the Cleveland Browns)?  Considering the abysmal record of the Browns over the last two years, may a pedophile enabler would have been the better choice.  This is the same Haslam who jammed through the hiring of Disastrous Dereck Dooley as head coach a few years ago.  And who reportedly signed-off on the hiring of Cincinnati’s Butch Jones.  (What is it with all these people with Ohio connections?  What did Tennessee ever do to piss off Ohio?).

And isn’t Jimmy Haslam’s brother Gov. Bill “Kid” Haslam the chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees?  “Slam dunk”, right?  Except that particular sports metaphor is a basketball term.  And this is Futball, dammit!

And we would be remiss if we did not mention that 4 of the 5 Republican governor candidates issued releases last Sunday condemning the proposed hiring of Schiano. One GOP candidate did not — Randy Boyd.  The same Randy Boyd who is the business partner of — wait for it — Jimmy Haslam.  See a pattern here?  Maybe Chip should tell Randy that checking your manhood at the door because the Haslams want you too is not a particularly good way to instill confidence in your ability to lead Tennessee as governor, especially the 100,000 voters who regularly show up at Neyland Stadium.

Currie claimed he thoroughly vetted Schiano before his secret offer of the job.  What did he use to uncover Schiono’s background — a Ouija Board??  Every member of the RTP crew googled “Schiano Sandusky Penn State”  and immediately got multiple disgusting hits.  Currie apparently used tea leaves and rune sticks.  And now Tennessee’s name is smeared because of his incompetence and/or willful ignorance.





What happens in Virginia, stays in Virginia.

Fincher campaign consultant big loser in recent Virginia elections.

25-year incumbent conservative (and Tommy Hopper client) loses to a transgender left-wing nut job.

Virginia Republicans weren’t the only ones disappointed with last month’s elections in that state.  Senate candidate Stephen Fincher must have been concerned about the performance of his campaign consultant, Tommy “GOP Money Pigs” Hopper.  (Hopper got that nickname when, as state GOP chairman he referred to the party’s largest and most loyal contributors as “GOP money pigs.”  He was soon thrown out of the chairman’s office).  Hopper was providing strategy and other services for a number of races in the Old Dominion.

All of them came up losers.

Former/current male/female rock band singer and reporter – now – member of the VA legislature

The most ignominious defeat was when long-time Del. Bob McDonald, arguably the most conservative Republican in the Virginia House, lost to the nation’s first transgender legislator.  The transgender candidate leads a professional heavy metal band and was a former newspaper reporter (well of course he/she was a reporter).  Yet Hopper couldn’t come up with a strategy to beat her?

Such a defeat must have even Hopper wondering about his political masculinity.

Anyone can have a bad year, but it seems that Hopper is having a bad couple of years. Hopper was also the consultant last election to Brian Kelsey in his race for Fincher’s old congressional seat.  Kelsey & Hopper spent a cool $1,000,000 in the primary.  And Kelsey came in 4th in that race.

Maybe Fincher doesn’t seem too worried because he thinks Tom Ingram is always available to try for one of his patented “4th quarter comebacks” (like he did for Corker in 2006 and Lamar in 2014).  We would advise Hopper to start looking over his shoulder.  But maybe he would be worrying about nothing.  There are plenty of other candidates out there who are going to lose in 2018.  And they all could use a consultant like Hopper.

Perhaps Tommy-boy can convince someone to “crossover” and become a Republican.  After the Virginia election, he’s a bona fide expert in “gender-fluid” party affiliations.

We hear Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is available.

Moore, Moore, Moore… How do you like it, how do you like it?

GOP candidates Roy Moore (Senate) and Mark Green (Congress)

Do some TN politicians have a Judge Moore problem?

First off, we are not casting judgement on Judge Moore, he of Alabama fame.  For all we know it was a set-up smear job by the MSM and their allies in the “Well, I never…” Republican Caucus.  For all we know Judge Roy was cruising the junior high playground looking for “dates”  or he was volunteering at the homeless shelter.  Time will tell.  Anywho, this ain’t Alabama, this is Tennessee — and we have higher expectations of our politicians, if not our football team.

BUT…. That doesn’t mean we here in the Volunteer state don’t have some solid candidates for the Creepiest Politican award (or as we call it here in Tennessee, “The Jeremy”).  Now don’t y’all go clutching your pearls and swooning towards the fainting couch.   We have all heard the rumors and the stories that are perhaps more than just rumors.  One of the more sordid (but admittedly entertaining) tasks we have here at RTP is to puncture that big old balloon called “political hypocrisy.”  We are, of course, talking about sex.  Randy representatives.  Lewd legislators.

As Harvey Weinstein might say:  “And the nominees are…”

  • .       The former top aide to a top legislative leader who had to be hustled out of the office because he couldn’t keep his hands off a female staffer in another office.
  • .       The married former staffer and campaign consultant who became enamored with a willing sweet young thing, then lost his marbles when she cut him off.  He allegedly sent nasty notes in the mail to her parents and others.  He’s still lurking around.  Word is, the Jane Doe was hustled out of town and given a state-related job in the hopes she would keep her lips and her pants zipped up.
  • .       The politician who set his cap for a teenage high school girl who caught his eye.  She is so much younger than him, even wider than 18-year age gap between Judge Moore and one of his accusers.  Like Moore allegedly did, our Tennessee pol first came into contact with the girl when she was a teenager (17) and he was in his 40’s.   Evidently he was undecided as to whether he should adopt the girl or marry her.  He chose the latter.  Ewww.
  • .       A leading House Republican whose LP nickname is “Zippy.”  When his wife had had enough of his serial philandering, she threw his sorry butt out of the house.  However, he still has a seat in the people’s House.

So hit the water coolers and run up a bar tab with your feverish speculations.  RTP will continue to report on those “shagedelic salons” who seem to have problems keeping their junk in their pants.

For those of you new to the exercise, you can send us tips to our notorious tip line ( as to who you think we are talking about. Or you can send us your own rumor.  As usual, we will not answer your comments or emails, but we will read them.  Eventually.  If our lawyer says it’s okay.

Harvey Weinstein, Democrat candidate for Prison.

Corker in twilight

With anonymity and irrelevance quickly approaching the retiring junior senator from Tennessee, Bob Corker has created a new career path for his political dotage – click-bait for the liberal news media (see “Brokeback Bob“).

For years, Corker has tried to portray himself as a solid conservative.  That began to unravel in 2015 when he played a key role in helping Obama pass the disastrous Iran nuclear deal.  Republicans were outraged.  Trying to regain his conservative mojo in 2016, Corker practically groveled before Trump, first spreading the patently absurd speculation that Trump was considering him for vice-president.  When that ran up the flag pole without anyone saluting, Corker tried a different tack.  He then begged to be Secretary of State. Trump checked Corker’s financial background and the way he would appear standing next to Putin and others and quickly took a pass.

At that point, Corker shrugged his shoulders and assumed Trump wasn’t going to win anyway, so he just resign himself to running again for the senate.

What a difference an election makes.

With Trump in the White House and Corker on the periphery, pundits —  backed by polls revealed Corker was in political trouble back home.  Just as important was information began to leak out (with absolutely no thanks to the MSM) that Corker has left a string of highly questionable – and perhaps illegal – financial deals that turned him from barely solvent when he got elected to the senate, to accumulating a personal fortune worth nearly $100 million.

So now Corker is employing the “Harvey Weinstein” defense:  when the authorities start to close in on your sins, try to direct attention away from you by attacking someone the MSM hates more than you.  In Weinstein’s case he made a pathetic and comical attack on the NRA – as if that would absolve him.

Corker realized his political career was coming to an end and that he would never be Secretary of Anything.  And with Breitbart and others quickly tracking down such things as a swampy taxpayer-funded shopping mall deal in Mobile, AL, Senate Ethics Committee complaints, accusations of insider trading and using his position on the Senate Banking Committee to personally profit from the financial crisis in 2009, Corker summoned his inner-Weinstein and attacked – who else – Donald Trump.

For you see, the more Corker attacks Trump, the more the MSM gets all excited and breathlessly report his latest insults of the President, while they conveniently ignore his shady personal failings.  And make no mistake — what is really going on here is that Bob Corker is building his defense against any charges of impropriety or illegality.  If the Securities & Exchange Commission goes after Corker for insider trading or if lawsuits are filed over the Mobile real estate deal, Corker can try to say that it is the Trump administration trying to exact revenge on Corker for his criticisms.

The grotesque Harvey is supposedly in a sex-rehab clinic.  We wonder if there is a rehab clinic for sociopath senators who use their position for personal profit?  Sort of like Bernie Madoff.

And where did Madoff go for rehabilitation?  Oh, yeah, that’s right…


From the RTP Archives…

[Editors’ note:  In anticipation of former Cong. Steve Fincher’s entry into the U.S. Senate race, we bring back an oldy, but moldy post of Fincher’s putrid deal with Nancy Pelosi, shortly before he left Congress.  You’re welcome.]

What’s that splat on the road?

The conservative newspaper, The Washington Examiner, jumps all over the Farmer from Frog Jump:

“Fincher represents what’s worst about the Republican Party.”

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Cong Stephen Fincher, one of the “Tea Party” candidates who was elected in 2010, has long prided himself on his humble roots.  But rumors have swirled that the Congressman from the 8th District of Tennessee, has traded his overalls for a tuxedo and has become the very people he first ran against.

The Examiner column is pretty devastating for Fincher. Titled: “From Tea Partier to Corporate Welfare Champion,” the article reveals that of the 150 contributors to Fincher’s re-election campaign, only two came from Tennessee.  Of the $250,000 he has raised for his re-election, less than 1/2 of 1 percent — a total of $750 — came from here.  Instead, his contributor list reads like a who’s who of Wall Street and K Street corporations and financial services companies pelosi 3who reap enormous subsidies from U.S. taxpayers.  In return, Fincher has teamed with Nancy Pelosi — yes, that Nancy Pelosi — to keep the corrupt Ex-Im Bank operating, even introducing the bill to keep alive an organization hated by many conservatives.

The article also reports that only one other farmer in Congress gets more in subsidized crop insurance and other subsidies than Fincher.  From 1999 to 2012, Fincher pocketed over $3.48 million in subsidies —  over $70,00 in 2012 alone.

As the Examiner put it:

“Washington corrupts, and Congressman Stephen Fincher is proof.”

Not a good reputation to have if you are looking to run for governor or U.S. Senator, as Fincher is reputed to be considering.

[Hat tip to RTP tipsters at the Tennessee 8th District Tea Party Coalition]


Bring it on, Solyndra Phil

She’s with…

Word is former Gov. Phil Bredesen is thinking about running for Coker’s seat in the U.S. Senate.  To which our first reaction was: “You mean he’s still alive?”

If he won, Bredesen would be pushing 75 by the time he was sworn in.  In fairness, that would make him a regular “spring chicken” compared to some of his colleagues, but still….

Bredesen’s biggest problem would not be his age.  Voters would be much more interested in his thoughts on:

  • The TNInvestco boondoggle that saw hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars go to many of his cronies to create “start-ups” many of which have returned little or nothing in the way of the permanent jobs they were supposed to create.
  • $328 million dollars in economic development incentives of taxpayer’s money pissed down a rat hole by Bredesen to attract two solar industry semiconductor factories. Both went belly up, leaving Tennessee taxpayers holding the bag.  Within days of leaving the governor’s office, the two Bredesen top economic development cabinet members who oversaw the handout to the failed factories, opened a – surprise! — solar company with a major investment from – surprise!– Bredesen.  This was all a part of the overall “green jobs” scams promoted by the Obama administration that lost billions of dollars in “crony capitalism” handouts to their political friends, of which Solyndra was the largest bankruptcy.
  • How would Phil vote for New York’s Chuck Schumer for Majority Leader?
  • Would he have voted for Neal Gorsuch to the Supreme Court?
  • Enlighten us as to his position on DACA, the Wall, tax subsidies for tuition for illegal aliens and other immigration issues

And, of course, we would be remiss if we did not point out that politics in Tennessee has changed just a tad in the 16 years since Solyndra Phil ran in his last competitive election.  While it is true that Bredesen has a sizeable fortune he could spend on the race, he needs to look no further than next door in the recent Alabama senate race to see what outspending your opponent 30-to-1 can get you.  The soon-to-be-former Senator Luther Strange can clue him in on the new paradigm.

Bredesen also told the AP he was going to “do some research” in order to make his decision.  Here is RTP’s helpful “research” map to remind Phil what happened to his candidate for president in the last election, just 11 months ago:

Of course, Solyndra Phil would surely be more competitive than Hillary Clinton, right?  Why, he might even be able to put Polk County back in the win column for the Dems.

We can’t wait.

Brokeback Bob

David Plazas

Plazas to Corker: “I just can’t quit you!”

It wasn’t that long ago when any elected official with a “R” next to his or her name could expect the “journalists” at The TenneCNN to attack them at every turn.  While liberal vitriol for Republicans is still the newspaper’s default position when covering the huge majority of GOPers, The TennessCNN makes special exceptions for select RINOs whom they love.

And they sure love them some Bob Corker.

Look no further than the recent editorial written by political editor David Plazas, lauding Corker for dissing Trump (naturally).  It was a mushy paean to their new-found admiration for Corker, praising him with such bon mots as “[Corker] is truly interested in being a statesman who puts America first,” and “Corker’s retirement is courageous.”

All that was missing was the corsage and a room at the Vanderbilt Plaza for after the prom.

But enough of all this thinly veiled sexual inyourendo.  Corker is clearly trying to curry favor with the MSM by trashing Trump.  Why?  It’s simple.  Corker has left a trail of sketchy business deals stretching back to when he first went to the Senate.  Rumors of investigations by the Securities & Exchange Commission as well as serious questions about a slimy shopping center deal in Mobile, AL have only intensified in the days leading up to and after Corker’s current spat with Trump.  Corker is in trouble and is seeking diversion and protection from the MSM.  But a retirement announcement and a couple of petulant tweets are not going to make Bob’s problems go away.

Every time something new crawls out from under one of Corker’s rocks, look for him to run out and say something nasty about Trump.

And look for Plazas to show up at Corker’s door with flowers, candy, glowing editorials and God knows what else.

Widdle Bob.


Last night, RTP posted its take on the Trump/Corker feud.  Included in that analysis was that Trump may have “hurt Bob’s widdle feelings.”

Then less than 12 hours later, POTUS tweets about “Liddle Bob.”

Coincidence?  We think not.

In fact, Rocky Top has been referring to the diminutive senator as “Little Bob” for months, and for good reason.

It’s nice to see the President noticed.


So Is Todd Womack Lying Through His Teeth?

After the shi-, uh, tweet storm of the last 24 hours between President Trump and soon-to-be-ex-Senator Bob Corker, the crew here at RTP would like to try to help you make sense of it all.

The MSM would have you believe that the Brave Sir Corker, having recently announced his retirement, was now free to move about the country and take pot-shots at the President.  How noble!  How enlightened! What a Hero!

What a load of crap.

The first thing we noticed was that Corker is now proven to be a two-faced political coward of the swamp kind.  As long as Trump could give him something – like, say Secretary of State or an endorsement to try and avoid a primary opponent – the Bobster was more than happy to sublimate his true feelings for Trump and be a bootlicker of the first order. Of course, Bob being Bob, there were occasional times when his disdain for Trump oozed through.  “Not qualified” and “not competent” and “out of control” are recent phrases by Corker about Trump that come to mind.

When it became apparent that all the sucking up that Corker could suck would not be enough for an endorsement or position, Bob realized the jig was up.  After the Breitbart stories about financial corruption and polls that showed Corker was about as popular among Tennessee Republicans as a painful rectal itch, Corker decided to call it a day and put on his cloak of self-righteousness and run to the welcoming arms of the MSM:  “You know all that stuff I said about being a conservative, supporting our president, and such?  Well, I lied.”

But Bobby was not finished – oh no.  He continued to lie.  After Trump shoved a few tweets up the Little Napoleon’s bum (he had to shove low), Corker fired back and said Trump needed adult day-care and told the New York Times that Trump could start World War III.  So does that mean Corker — who made the disastrous Iran deal possible — has been sitting on this information about Armageddon all this time?  So if Trump hadn’t tweeted nasty things and hurt Bob’s widdle feelings, the diminutive senator would have been content to carry own while keeping the rest of in the dark about the approaching holocaust?

Brave, brave Sir Corker.

Todd Womack

To further illustrate his lack of principle and self-serving persona, instead of saying it himself Corker trotted out his long-time aide Todd Womack.   Womack served up claims that Trump had tried to talk Corker into running again, made numerous endorsement offers and even said he would name Corker the Duchess of York (okay, we made up that last part.  What he actually offered Corker was the coaching job at UT).

The soon-to-be-unemployed Womack has been Corker’s lackey for at least 16 years, all while living on the taxpayer’s dime.  So Corker had Womack say things that could well be lies, knowing that (a) no one could prove he was lying and (b) even if he is, the MSM would undoubtedly refuse to cover it since Bob was now one of their shills against Trump.

So unless Todd Womack can offer up recordings, documents, independent third-party witnesses, etc., RTP reserves the right to infer that he is a bald-face liar.

Oh, and Todd, if you or the senator are tempted to tweet out a response to all this, know that RTP is not on Twitter (or Facebook, etc.), so don’t waste your time.  And while you’re at it, Todd, remember the $1million+ in mortgages that you took out in one year while your only income was your senate staff salary as well as the curious real estate purchases you made around the time of the Volkswagen announcement? That’s all still out there waiting for someone to write a story about it.

And somebody probably will.

Somebody like Breitbart.


The Establishment Squeals


Trump Revolution hits Tennessee.  Bob Corker, Bill Haslam, Kim Kaegi are the latest victims.

End of an era as desperate Establishment Republicans find bench is empty, forced to recruit a re-tread.

A week ago, RTP went after Bob Corker.  He retired.

Then this week Rocky Top pointed out the fallacies in a potential Bill Haslam candidacy.  Within hours, he declined to run for the Senate (much to the surprise of Lamar! And Little Bob – more on that in later posts).

By now, loyal readers of RTP (both of them) must be asking themselves:  Is Rocky Top THAT good?

To that, we say: Yes. Yes we are.

Now don’t get us wrong.  The articles by Breitbart and the Tennessee Star may have had something to do with the Demise of The Establishment Candidates, but we are more than willing to take credit far beyond our actual contributions.  We would express remorse over our over-reach, but we just can’t stop grinning.

(We pause here to express our deepest sympathy to uber-fundraisier, Kim Kaegi, who lost two of her biggest clients in the last week:  Corker and Haslam.  And the 2020 prospects of her other big revenue stream – Lamar! – ain’t looking so good either these days.  Late word is Kaegi has signed up with Steve Fincher.  Congrats to Kim.  But she will find raising money for a political has-been isn’t nearly as easy as raising bucks for senate committee chairmen and incumbent governors.)

So NOW what?

Well, Marsha went from not running 10 days ago, to being the front runner overnight.  Joe Carr went from an asterisk to being completely inconsequential.  Andy Ogles is technically still in the Senate race, but no one expects him to survive October, maybe not even the weekend.

As we write this, the Establishment has settled on political re-tread Steve Fincher as their senate candidate.  Fincher will announce next week and rumors are he will be campaigning with his best buddy, Nancy Pelosi (much more on THAT relationship in future posts).

Mark Green is running for Blackburn’s house seat and everyone in Williamson County is sipping wine and knoshing brie while trying to figure out if someone from Tennessee’s nosebleed country will run against the man who once spent a special night with Saddam Hussein.


We’ll end for now, because we are just too damned exhausted from all the winning.