In today's Examiner column, I further examine the problem with not abiding by the Tennessee Constitution where the selection of judges is concerned:
Constitutionally correct judicial elections were defeated in no small part because certain Justices of the Supreme Court spoke out publicly against the election of judges. The reason for doing so, it was said, was to keep our judiciary "impartial."
The new Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission has been officially named. I was under the impression that Ron Ramsey wanted to appoint many more conservatives to the nominating body., but I do have to wonder if Rob Huddleston is surprised that he was not chosen. Based on a discussion he and I had several weeks ago, he seemed to believe that he had a serious chance to sit on the Commission.
Huddleston would have been a very fine choice from a conservative perspective.
Note: I apologize for the brevity of my entry. It has been an extremely busy week and I have also had trouble accessing this weblog. I will have a full Examiner column tomorrow.
Some may wonder why a conservative Republican would pay tribute to a man who he frequently made the butt of his political frustration, but those regular readers, especially those of you who are college age or younger, have to understand that there has been a Senator Ted Kennedy as long as I have been following public affairs. Kennedy has been a fixture of public life since his brother was elected President in 1960, and was arguably involved in Democratic machine politics for far longer than that.
At least we can say of Ted Kennedy that he legislated for what he claimed to believe in. This is more than can be said of some so-called conservative leaders.
Lynn and I had a conversation today in which she wanted to make one thing perfectly clear-the conversations about the McCall invitation between she and Knoxville News-Sentinel legislative correspondent Tom Humphrey weren't confrontational.
The McCall endorsement story, however, is still going...
Well, we now may have some idea of what the deal of Nashville Hill political reporters, Tom Humphrey, really thinks of bloggers:
When Lynn confronted Humphrey a second time, Lynn claims that Humphrey said "I guess I behaved more like a blogger and less like a journalist."
Well, somebody is going to report findings if it take me weeks to get to the bottom of the truth about just who did and didn't actually endorse A.J. McCall over Susan Lynn. The Dean was apparently supposed to investigate, but he hasn't reported anything either in the paper or on his blog. I'll have more in the days ahead, you can be assured of that.
Tom Humphrey is so much better than that as a reporter...if Susan Lynn's account has any truth to it, shame!
It is also slowly coming to light that some of McCall's so-called "endorsements" may not all be on the up-and-up, and that McCall may have asked a few people for endorsements saying that he was running for office, but not elaborating on which one and against whom. Hence, when the time came for McCall to announce, he could roll out a "list of endorsements" that is a mile long. Since the McCalls have given a ton of money to Republican legislative candidates over the years, it is unlikely that we'll see any endorsement errors of half-truths corrected. A quiet form of blackmail, perhaps?
With majorities, it seems, come the inevitable baggage of power.
For my flesh is meat indeed: and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, the same also shall live by me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead. He that eateth this bread, shall live for ever. These things he said, teaching in the synagogue, in Capernaum.
Many therefore of his disciples, hearing it, said: This saying is hard, and who can hear it? But Jesus, knowing in himself, that his disciples murmured at this, said to them: Doth this scandalize you? If then you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I have spoken to you, are spirit and life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning, who they were that did not believe, and who he was, that would betray him.
And he said: Therefore did I say to you, that no man can come to me, unless it be given him by my Father. After this many of his disciples went back; and walked no more with him. Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away? And Simon Peter answered him: Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we have believed and have known, that thou art the Christ, the Son of God.
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