U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court needs appointment

A recent letter to the Gazette showcased a letter citing "80 years of tradition" that Supreme Court Justices should not be appointed in a President's last year, and alluding to the so-called "Biden rule" to that effect. The writer also claims that Judge Garland is a liberal judge, whose appointment would "unbalance" the court. Alas! The writer is misinformed on each of these points.

First, the Constitution plainly says that the President "shall nominate … and appoint" Supreme Court justices, and that the Senate shall advise and consent. Constitutional duties of the President on the one hand, and the Senate on the other are clear. As...