This is a segment (a long one!) from the Viva Frei and Robert Barnes live stream last night. Their discussions are always informative and interesting, whether or not you agree with what they have to say.
I posted the entire live stream video last night on the General Discussion thread, along with my comments on this segment, which were:
If you never have watched these Viva Frei/Barnes Law live streams, this is a good one to watch. Barnes explains why he doesn’t back Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, and it makes sense. He says she’s strongly corporate, not strong on civil liberties, would likely be another John Roberts, and he thinks that she wouldn’t get approved by the Senate. He favors the Cuban judge from Florida, Barbara Lagoa. As he puts it, Barrett is politically favored because she was a clerk on the Supreme Court. Lagoa wasn’t.
Barnes’ main point is that it is most important to seat a 9th SC justice; the absolute most important thing is to have an appointee that is most likely to be approved by the Senate. Lagoa will be hard to go against: Latina, female, immigrant. And she is a good candidate, a daughter of working class immigrants, pro civil liberties etc.
If we only have eight Justices when the eventual election cases come to the court, it could cost Trump the Presidency.