From a recent commenter on The Volokh Conspiracy Blog:
Chris Travers says:This section explains how people get on the Supreme Court: the President nominates, the Senate confirms, and the President then appoints. In other words, Supreme Court Justices must be nominated, confirmed, and appointed by politicians.
Which is why I blame the 17th Amendment.....
Comment: Right on Chris! The judicial confirmation process is another important reason to repeal the 17th!