It seems that there’s a growing consensus of conservative pundits and political watchers who are leaning strongly toward Judge Barbara Lagoa as President Trump’s next SCOTUS nominee.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
Twitter randos on the anti-Trump train:
As the consensus grows, so will the attacks, which have already begun.
Slate wrote “Barbara Lagoa auditioned for the Supreme Court by flouting judicial ethics and taking a radical stance against voting rights.” The article by Mark Joseph Stern tries to paint her as a conservative activist judge with a big persistent grudge.
There’s also an attempt to undermine the appointment by claiming Lagoa sees Roe v Wade as “settled law.” From the Forbes profile:
One key sticking point for Lagoa with Republicans could be abortion; during her confirmation hearing for the 11th Circuit, she told the Senate she believes Roe v. Wade is “binding precedent of the Supreme Court“ and “settled law.” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has called on his Republican colleagues to “reject any nominee who has not said Roe was wrongly decided.”
This is seen as something of a “cheap shot” given that Trump’s other frontrunner, Amy Coney Barrett, answered the same question in basically the same way.
So, not to be outmaneuvered, many choose to just trash both Lagoa and Barrett, as a “clear danger to women’s rights.” Translation: they are pro-life.
Rabid feminist Jill Filipovik, in NBC News, called Barrett “the ultimate insult to RBG.” Ginsburg may have been a forceful jurist and a charismatic woman, but to call Barrett “smart enough to grasp how she got where she did and is nonetheless reactionary enough to help burn RBG’s legacy to the ground” shows how weak their arguments really are.
The Supreme Court will be enhanced by either Lagoa or Barrett’s presence. Either will be a fitting heir to Justice Ginsburg’s honored seat. That the attacks have already begun is a good sign that Trump is on the right track.