But how do you get to be a judge? For the most part, you get appointed by the top politician from the party that won the last election. The recommendations come from party members, who of course have a political agenda. That’s why they fight so hard to get their person into the governorship, or the presidency. They want their guy — so far, it’s guys — to choose who will fill out the term of a departing judge and keep their noses clean long enough to be elected for virtually life by a somnolent and largely disengaged electorate.