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There is something very fundamentally flawed in the way that federal judges are vetted in the appointment and confirmation process.  Federal district court judges, circuit court of appeals and supreme court judges are political appointments and are nominated by the president and confirmed by the senate.  Because these are basically lifetime appointments, we should be much more inquisitive in the selection process.  Quite frankly, the questions that the senators ask at the senate confirmation hearings of the judicial nominee are getting to be old hat and not helpful to the majority of the population in terms of the limited subject matter of the questions.