John Lott on Sup Ct nominations
At Real Clear Politics. His thought -- Supreme Court nominations have become more contentious because the court has become more powerful -- has been applied to presidential elections as well. Woodrow Wilson ditched his obnoxious attorney general by nominating him to the Court, clearly figuring that it was an honorific but powerless post. And it wasn't that long ago that the idea of the Executive Branch regulating the flushing power of your toilet would have been thought ridiculous.