In Washington, the governor appoints hundreds of people to all manner of boards and commissions.
There's the affordable housing advisory board, the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, even a committee charged with looking after the capitol furniture.
Many must be confirmed by the state Senate. A lawmaker praises the person, there's a quick vote and everyone moves on.
So it was a surprise today to see that a long-simmering tug-of-war involving the Fish and Wildlife Commission briefly threatened to delay the confirmation of someone that everyone seems to agree is a good fit for the commission: Spokane's George Orr.