White-hot partisan bickering has surrounded too many federal court nominations. This partisanship not only stalls or subverts confirmation of top-notch judges, it also deters strong candidates from ever applying.
One proposal to identify highly qualified judges and promote principled confirmations comes from the American Bar Association. It urges senators to form bipartisan commissions in each state to review and suggest slates of the most professionally qualified candidates.
Tapping input from community and state leaders around the country, before the president makes nominations, can help bridge the partisan divide in Washington and keep courts fair, impartial and free from extreme partisan agendas.