The pending likelihood that Donald Trump will be the Republican's presidential nominee will create an unforeseen opportunity for President Barack Obama to secure approval of his pick to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court ("Obama nominates Merrick Garland for Supreme Court," March 16).

Republicans who have vowed to deny any Obama nominee even a confirmation hearing will have to consider the possibility that if they hold to their intransigence, they may find themselves and the country in the dubious position of having to consider a Trump nominee for the opening. This dilemma is going to drive the leaders of the opposition to President Obama exercising his constitutional responsibility to step back and reflect on the alternative.

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Edward J. Gutman, Baltimore

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