At Greg's place, it's more on the Ryan budget, specifically on the mystery of why they moved ahead with it, as it clears committee (barely) and heads to the floor. I really can't remember any precedent for leadership demanding a tough vote on something that has no chance of being enacted. Can you?
Over at Post Partisan, I noted a new report calling for more "vetting capacity" on executive branch nominations, and said that instead we just need a whole lot less vetting.
Both my post and the Aspin Institute report are really focusing only on the nuts-and-bolts side of these appointments. There's also, of course, the breakdown of the Senate norm of confirming all non-controversial exec branch nominees. It's not unusual (nor, in my view, should it be) for individual Senators or small groups to use the opportunity to cut deals with the administration, but until very recently Senators believed that presidents were entitled to the particular people they wanted, unless there was some problem with the individual. I have no idea how you go about re-instituting that very healthy norm. But at any rate, the vetting problem is different, and as far as I can see very fixable.