Only problem with your analysis is 1986 was not a Presidential election year.
Brian Beam

It does not matter that it’s an election year, or that it’s the last year of a presidency.

There are no such caveats in the constitution.

“The President ‘SHALL’ nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint … Judges of the supreme Court.”

‘Shall’ is an obligation

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