As anyone could tell you, Obama's
That's why the quickest and most effective reform to the problem of unfilled executive branch posts would be for presidents to dramatically reduce the amount of vetting they do on these appointments. Harding withdrew on March 26; there's really no reason at that point that the new nominee could not have been sent up within two, not seven plus, weeks. After all, presumably a short list already existed from the previous search. My guess -- and I'd love to see reporting on this -- is that six of the seven weeks were just for vetting. And my guess is that a similarly placed executive hire in private business has no more than a two week delay for that sort of thing.
Yes, less vetting will yield more Hardings, or even (presumably, I guess) worse. Again: so what? A handful of similar cases isn't going to make much difference to anyone. On the other hand, it will allow some people who currently are unwilling to put their lives on hold to consider public service. Granted, it's not the only reform that would do that; the next step would be more rapid Senate confirmation or rejection. Still, changing Congressional procedure is hard. Changing White House procedure should be easier -- and I've proposed a commission to clear the way.
(BTW, I really did want to put an "Ancient Pistol" pun in the title of this one, but decided against it. You're welcome).