Judge Barbara Lagoa: Confirmed with 27 Dems in 2019
Word is that Barbara Lagao is being considered for the SC Vacancy. I like her and her story. But I think it is reasonable - given our history of failed stealth nominees - to investigate her record and to ask why she was confirmed by a vote of 80-15 with support from 27 Democrats including Feinstein and Leahy.
To be clear, Lagoa could be a great Justice, or she could be not so great. But, we really need to be careful with Supreme Court prospects with light records. Stealth nominees have not gone well in the past. Over the last 50 years, Republicans have failed over 50% of the time to put conservative constitutionalists on the Supreme Court.
I admit that my research on Lagoa has been light. I seen some research from others, but have not seen much positive or negative.
So, what is the standard to find the best nominee and eliminate risk. In terms of a standard, I think we all are looking for a Supreme Court nominee with a long-term, record of courage, conservatism, and a constitutional philosophy. If Lagoa has such a record, the democrats are unaware of it because most of them voted for her.
If the Democrats are wrong and Lagoa should be feared by them, I hope someone will share that information. I would love to see that Lagoa has the record we are looking for her.