Tired of the CrumbsLieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey apparently wants to insure that he is not elected Governor of Tennessee next year, because he has once again backpedaled on the issue of whether or not Tennesseans should elect our Supreme Court justices as the Constitution requires:
Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he’s backing off of a proposal to have Tennessee Supreme Court justices stand in contested re-election campaigns.
The Blountville Republican tells The Associated Press that the contested elections have been a sticking point in negotiations on changes to the way the state appoints and retains its appeals court judges.
If Ron Ramsey continues on his present path of backpedaling to the trial lawyers and the political elitists in this State, he will very quickly lose his credibility with the conservative movement-something that he has banked on in order to have any hope of being our next Governor.
It is no secret that I like Ron Ramsey (in addition to being spot on about a number of important issues, he has the added advantage of being an incredibly nice person), and as several other people have pointed out to me this week, Ramsey is still by far and away the most conservative choice we have for Governor next year. However, I can't help but feeling that we are being thrown the good crumbs in this case.
It seems as though the Lieutenant Governor is hoping that conservatives will simply be satified with the crumbs we have gotten and to Hell with the rest of it. We got the gun bills we wanted, we will get SJR 127, and we should apparently just shut up and be happy with that. The difference between those things and the matter of State judicial selection is that anyone with a brain who understands Tennessee politics knows that if bills loosening gun laws and allowing for future pro-life legislation actually make it to the floor, they pass no matter which party controls the House and Senate-because as much as the liberals hate it, a Tennessee Democrat would be a Republican in many other States in this Union.
Judicial election, as opposed to selection was the great difference maker. The Tennessee Constitution says that we are supposed to elect our judges, so until we change the Constitution, Ron Ramsey and our legislative leadership need to keep their promise to the people of Tennessee and uphold the law.