“The most troubling results strongly indicate that Circuit Court judges who turn out to be the most successful judges, as measured by Choi and Gulati or Landes et al., faced the most difficult confirmation battles and the effect was large with a one percent increase in judicial quality increasing the length of the confirmation process by between 1 and 3 percent. Similarly, nominees who attended the best schools or served as clerks for the Supreme Court also faced very difficult nominations to the Circuit Court. One is tempted to tell bright young people desiring to make it to the Circuit Court to hide how bright they are.” (Bold mine).
Of course, intellectual ability has never been a prerequisite to membership in the body that approves these nominees. Hey, maybe it just goes to prove something social psychologists have long said – people are more likely to look favorably on those with whom they share similarities.