Starting with Barrett: She does indeed belong to an extreme, charismatic wing of the Catholic Church called People of Praise, which actually did serve as the inspiration for Margaret Atwood in her dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale....These are dumpster fire candidates, neither worthy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat. They're not worthy of their current seats, Barrett by virtue of her lived rejection of the establishment clause and Lagoa over a proven disregard for ethics."- Joan McCarter, smrkingchimp.com (see 1st link at bottom)
This swift ascension of Lagoa - the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals judge - to serious consideration by members of Trump’s team (along with Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th Circuit) is not surprising in the least. The picks reflect the blunt political calculations informing the White House’s decision-making 45 days from an election that could turn on the outcome in Florida, which has never sent a justice to the nation’s highest court. Currently Trump is facing a tight race in the state, whose electoral college votes are seen as critical for his path to reelection, is intensifying his courtship of Hispanics, especially the heavily Republican Cuban American community in South Florida.
Recall these are the same reprobates who hid the arch criminal and mass murderer Luis Carriles Posada from authorities as he sought refuge in a friendly community after his escape from a Venezuelan prison. See e.g.
(In his autobiography, Posada also thanked Miami-based Cuban activist Jorge Mas Canosa for the $25,000 that was used to bribe guards who allowed Posada to walk out of prison.)
Posada, along with Orlando Bosch and Freddy Lugo, orchestrated the bombing of Cubana Airlines Flight 455 off the south west coast of Barbados in October, 1976, killing all 73 innocents on board. The facts were well known, despite the U.S. government - then under Gee Dumbya Bush- dragging its ass on doing any prosecutions (while Posada hid in Miami) - and only later punting by trying to prosecute Posada on perjury charges. That lame case was lost in Texas, in April, 2011 . Never mind - we all understand how much clout Florida carries in the general election with its 27 electoral votes, and we knew at least some efforts were made to placate Miami's Cubans. As they are now with the Barbara Lagoa considerations.