"An easy selection": Trump settled quickly on Barrett

“The fact that she was highly considered before during the Kavanaugh nomination process made it an easy selection,” said one Republican close to the White House. “She was a very impressive candidate, and aides were very unified on the decision.”

Trump didn’t even meet with the other leading candidate, Barbara Lagoa, a judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, while traveling in her home state of Florida this week…

“It solidifies the conservative 6-3 majority,” said Carl Tobias, a law professor and expert on federal judicial selection at the University of Richmond Law School. “Chief Justice [John] Roberts will not be as central as he was last term. I do not see much hope for progressives in the short term.”

“Barring structural changes to the court,” he added, “the conservative majority could last for decades, or at least a decade.”