How do you become a federal judge?
The simple answer is that a U.S. senator recommends you and the White House and Senate approve you.
Will Jack Blakey, 48, soon be one?
Blakey is widely regarded as a good man and a competent attorney.
But is he the best choice for a lifetime appointment to this allegedly elite club?
It’s a fair question.
Especially given that U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, the man recommending him for the job, ignored his own handpicked, distinguished 16-member selection committee. They considered 50 applicants, interviewed 13 including Blakey. And picked four. Blakey was not among them.
What good then is a blue ribbon commission?