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?

Probably.

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?

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