Interesting. As excoriated here, Obama recess-appointed Socialist Donald Berwick to a key Obamacare post. I thought it was to avoid the messiness of hearings and votes – inconvenient democracy, you know.
But now Obama is sending the nomination to the Senate as well. Perhaps he saw that the next more Republican Senate might kill the appointment. But whatever the reasons, this shift may make for *interesting* hearings in an election season.