One can expect pundits and politicians to play fast and loose with facts minus context. But when a news source fails to provide that context, it is disconcerting. In the article "Scalia death ignites political scramble" (Feb. 14), it's stated: "It has been more than 80 years since a Supreme Court justice has been confirmed in an election year to a vacancy that occurred that year."
The Senate confirmed Anthony Kennedy 97-0 on Feb. 4, 1988. That was about 28 years ago – not 80. While the statement may be technically true – Ronald Reagan nominated Kennedy in November of 1987 to replace Justice Lewis Powell who retired that year – I'm sure that if Scalia had died suddenly in November 2015, we'd still be seeing the same Republican obstruction and refusal to do their duty as we see today.