Here's yet another plan to hamper the Senate's advise and consent role for judicial candidates: limit the time allowed to vet the prospective judges. Senate historian Baker: ""The framers of the Constitution expected the Senate to slow things down, and that has annoyed a lot of presidents over two centuries." The administration really does seem to think a monarchy would be a great idea; when Bush made that crack a while back it was taken as a joke, but I'm beginning to think he meant it.
The Post has been running what it calls "an occasional series" examining present-day American politics; "Breaking the Deadlock" is part 3 (links to the two previous articles are contained within). If you have the time and inclination, it's an interesting study.