Philip II of Macedon was kind of the Billy Beane of his day.
However, up to this point it has been a largely one-sided way. For the Democrats to adopt the tactics that Republicans have employed, especially in the Senate, would firmly establish an intractable position of obsteuctionism by whomever is in power. Barring extraordinary lack of qualification or some obvious deficiency, a candidate which is nominated should get a hearing, if for no other reason than to dispense with the argument of partisan obstructionism.
The question of whether Supreme Court seats should be lifetime appointments is another issue that really should be addressed as it creates this kind of hyperpartisan manuevering over a branch of government that is supposed to by above the fray and act as a check against bad legislation and executive overreach.