Scalia was confirmed right before Election Day
Charles Clymer

Commenters pointing out that 1986 was not a presidential year are missing the point.

The Democratic Senate minority could have demanded the “people have a voice" to delay a confirmation until (they hoped) they had more power to decide the eventual nominee, after Senate control swung.

That’s the same thing the Senate Republican majority is doing now, except they’re hoping for the White House to swing instead of the Senate.