Ahh, how to judge whether "the Tennessee Plan" has served Tennesseans in an "exemplary" way? It's not clear from the op/ed how the TFP reached their conclusion, but we can know that commission-based selection of judges has played handmaiden to special interest lawyers' groups. Speaking of "political cabals" . . .
Nonetheless, whatever process is used, it should be consistent with our Constitution--a state's fundamental compact between citizens and their gov't, and Tennessee's constitution dictates that all judges, all legislators and the governor "be elected by the qualified voters."
Ramsey is right to be resisting the Tennessee's Lawyers' Lobby, and should be encouraged to persevere.
The TFP is just parroting the state's elites. Visit us at www.judicialreformcoalition.org for the other side of this debate.