Some speculative analysis on the Nevada Senate race: a ballot initiative to alter the selection of state Supreme Court justices could help out Sharron Angle.
The first ballot question Nevada voters will see on Election Day will ask whether they want to do away with direct elections of state Supreme Court justices--a possible change in state policy that could gin up some extra populist, Tea Party votes at the polls.
The idea is widely opposed by Nevadans, according to a recent survey: 71 percent of Nevadans want to keep electing their Supreme Court justices, the Republican polling firm Magellan Strategies found in an automated survey of about 1,400 Nevadans commissioned by the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, JCN announced today.
Protecting Nevada's judicial-selection method seems to mesh well with the ideology of Angle's supporters. Tea Partiers of Angle's ilk heavily favor the investment of power in people opposed to states, and states as opposed to the federal government, and they perceive a government eager to take away their rights, lurking, almost, around every turn.
The ballot measure calls for Nevada's governor to appoint Supreme Court justices to their first terms after being vetted and recommended by a commission--the same basic process currently used for midterm vacancies.