The Lineweaver-Gate Question No One is Asking

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Vic Lineweaver's arrest for contempt of court yesterday only confirmed what anyone with the intelligence of pool cue chalk has long suspected: the man is an incompetent boob who has no business managing (and I use that term loosely) an office upon which a major city's juvenile court system depends.

Yet the voters of Davidson County elected this man to be the Juvenile Court clerk, largely because Vic Lineweaver—for all of his failings in other areas—is a natural when it comes to campaigning. He's everywhere all of the time. Whereever three or more Nashvillians are gathered, he's right there with them (sort of like Jesus, although Jesus would have had a better idea where he kept all of his files). This is a guy who seems to advertise on The Weather Channel's Local on the 8s on a fairly regular basis, for crying out loud. It's all he does. And that's why he won. Hell, he may win again. Most voters don't really give a crap; they're only dimly aware (if even that) of what a Juvenile Court clerk does.

Which begs this question: should this office even be an elected office in the first place? Juvenile Court Judge Betty Adams Green seems to be the one forced to play Mr. Tudball to Lineweaver's Mrs. Wiggins* day in and day out. Why can't she be the one in charge of hiring and firing the court clerk? Why should she be at the mercy of clueless voters with regard to this decision? Anyone?

*If you're over the age of, say, 35 or so, you probably get the reference. If you're not, you probably won't. Google Tudball and Wiggins and see what comes up. I would dearly love to link to a sample video, because the parallel is perfect, but I can't find one anywhere. They all seem to have been taken down. Curse your black heart Carol Burnett (or possibly your legal representatives and/or assigns).

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