I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a more cogent argument for bringing back the spoils system than some of what I’m reading in defense of the IRS’s targeting of conservative and libertarian groups.
To refresh your memory under the “spoils system” when a new administration came into office it gave its own people government jobs, right down to the clerk level. In the federal government the civil service system began to supplant the notoriously corrupt and incompetent spoils system after the Civil War. Here in Chicago it prevailed legally and officially right into the 1980s and illegally and unofficially to the present day.
To get some flavor of what I’m talking about there are some who are claiming that, obviously, any organization opposed to increased taxes deserves special scrutiny from the IRS. Imagine if, when, say, a hypothetical Republican president is elected and the entire IRS staff were to be replaced with Tea Party supporters. That’s the spoils system.