Republican inaction on Judge Garland was just politics as it's currently practiced in Washington

In "Gorsuch deserves a fair shake" (Feb. 1), The Sun needs to be commended for confirming that Judge Neil M. Gorsuch is qualified to service on the Supreme Court. The Senate will get an opportunity to ask probing questions during the confirmation hearings and Mr. Gorsuch can demonstrate whether he has the temperament to serve.

However, The Sun's reference to Republicans' "outrageous refusal to allow a vote" on Judge Merrick Garland which "violated more than 200 years of tradition under the Constitution" warrants a brief history lesson. None other than Joe Biden, who as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1992, the elder President Bush's final year in office, asserted that the president "should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not name a nominee until after the November election is completed."

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Does anyone really believe that if the tables were turned — if we had a lame duck Republican president with a Democratic majority in Congress — that the Democrats wouldn't do the same thing? The point is that neither party is a paragon of virtue.

Neal Bonner, Ellicott City

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