Opinion by Michael Royster

RIBERÃO PRETO, SP – When President-elect Bolsonaro announced he would appoint crusading Lava Jato Judge Sergio Moro as his Super-Minister for Justice, the reaction was swift and varied. Almost all of his supporters cheered, while the leftists decried Moro’s political motives for sentencing Lula.

A more nuanced reaction was that of observers who wondered whether Bolsonaro had made a strategic mistake by appointing a national hero. The reason was that Moro’s hero status made him too important to be fired—in the phrase applied to business entities, “too big to fail . . .

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