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Letter: Court dispute is more politics as usual

Supreme Court staff attend a private visitation in

Supreme Court staff attend a private visitation in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, where late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia lies in repose. Credit: AP

I agree with Newsday’s editorial board that selection of a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia should begin immediately [“Do him justice,” Feb. 15]. I am not a fan of President Barack Obama, but I believe he has the right and responsibility to select Scalia’s successor.

I’m not a fan of Congress, but I understand that the Republicans feel they have the right to delay the appointment until a new president is sworn in.

What this means is that it is business as usual inside the Beltway, with the politicians caring more about politics than about the Constitution and the smooth running of government.

This illustrates why Donald Trump, who I believe is not qualified, is leading the polls. People are tired of business as usual, and they feel a non-politician might change things.

Neil Bellovin, Port Jefferson