Elections have consequences.
While Mitt Romney was carrying Tennessee in the presidential race, President Barack Obama was winning a second term. Presidential appointments locally will thus be made by him and not a Republican president. It has implications for the TVA board and for a federal judgeship as well as other appointments over the next four years.
Obama's appointments to the TVA board have been on the shelf awaiting Senate confirmation and a new president could have made other choices. The likelihood now is that the Obama appointees, like Democratic nominee for governor Mike McWherter, will eventually be confirmed.
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas W. Phillips has announced his retirement and he will no doubt be replaced by a Democrat. Local attorneys Pam Reeves and Dawn Coppock have expressed interest in the post, but it will likely be next summer before a new judge is named and other candidates may emerge.