From the Tennessee State Constitution, Article VI:
Section 3. The judges of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state.No other plan should ever have been substituted outside of amending that constitution. Senator Wilder's "Tennessee Plan" was illegal from the get go and should never have survived this long. It was Wilder's choice to stand and beg his co-legislators to save his illegal legacy last week. It was his choice to end his career in this fashion. We don't deserve being taken to the woodshed by a newspaper columnist who obviously has lost his objectivity in the matter. It was painful to watch Wilder beg and speak about the cosmos. No man who is so well thought of in his personal life should have that rambling, emaciated image as our parting memory of him. I kept wondering why Wilder's family hasn't persuaded Grandpa to stay at home and leave these matters to younger and more cognizant men.
In the meantime we should not allow sentiment to usurp law. There is a Tennessee Plan for our Supreme Court and it should be strictly adhered to: