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DeSantis 2024? Insiders Predict People Will Hate Him Once They Know More About Him

About the only Republican who had a good midterm election was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who won reelection with nearly 60% of the votes cast, easily beating his Democratic challenger, former governor Charlie Crist.

Within hours of the final results from the Sunshine State, DeSantis was being hailed at the 2024 Republican nominee, even if failed, one-term former president Donald Trump decided to run, which he did a few weeks later.

But is DeSantis a safe bet? According to those who know him, the Florida governor has some major drawbacks that could sink his 2024 plans long before the next election arrives.

Mark Leibovich of The Atlantic has taken a deep dive into DeSantis, and what he found should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks the governor is a sure thing. For example:

“He was standoffish in general,” the Virginia Republican Barbara Comstock, a former House colleague of DeSantis’s, told me.

“A strange no-eye-contact oddball,” Rick Wilson, a Republican media consultant, wrote on Resolute Square.

“I’d rather have teeth pulled without anesthetic than be on a boat with Ron DeSantis,” says Mac Stipanovich, a Tallahassee lobbyist who set sail from the GOP over his revulsion for Trump and his knockoffs. To sum up: DeSantis is not a fun and convivial dude. He prefers to keep his earbuds in. His “Step away from the vehicle” vibes are strong.

In other words, DeSantis isn’t the least bit “smooth.” And while some might say that’s a good thing, keep in mind the the best pure politician of the past three decades was Bill Clinton, who was so smooth that some dubbed him “Slick Willie.” But despite being called “slick,” Clinton connected with people, understood how to talk to voters, and always listened to what they were saying to him. And he won the presidency by overwhelming margins in 1992 and 1996.

DeSantis is far from “smooth.” Matter of fact, he’s quite off-putting, and voters don’t tend to cast ballots for candidates they don’t like.

“I think he is going to run into some challenges,” Carlos Curbelo, a former Republican congressman from Florida who served with DeSantis in the House, told me. “It’s that question that often comes up in politics—the question of ‘Would you want to have a beer with him?’’’ This is a big-time cliché, of course, but it does feel pertinent. Will he grow on voters like a catchy song, or like mold? DeSantis “has this robotic quality that he has to shed,” Curbelo said. “Everything else checks the box. He is smart and competent and committed to his ideology. He just has to humanize himself.”

But perhaps the line that best describes DeSantis is this one, shared by a Republican consultant:

“Ron’s strength as a politician is that he doesn’t give a fuck. Ron’s weakness as a politician is that he doesn’t give a fuck.”

But if he truly doesn’t give a fuck, then why would anyone want to vote for him?

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DeSantis Releases Campaign Ad Suggesting He Was Sent By God To Govern ‘Paradise’

According to many GOP political pundits, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is a sunnier and more palatable version of failed, one-term former president Donald Trump, meaning that DeSantis can appeal to independents and conservative Democrats who were disgusted by Trump’s boorishness and immorality.

While that may be true, DeSantis is proving with a new campaign ad for his reelection effort that he’s only too happy to appeal to the far right Christian nationalist crowd that so fervently worships Trump and some of his elected minions such as Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)

In the DeSantis ad, a narrator introduces the governor as a “protector” of paradise:

“And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, I need a protector. So God made him a fighter. God said, I need somebody willing to get up before dawn and kiss his family goodbye, travel thousands of miles for no other reason than to serve the people, to save their jobs, their livelihoods, their liberty, their happiness.”

As images of DeSantis flash on the screen in dramatic black and white shots, the narrator continues:

“God said, I need somebody who will take the arrows, stand firm in the wake of unrelenting attacks. Look a mother in the eyes and tell her that her child will be in school. She can keep her job. Go to church. Eat dinner with friends.”

The ad ends on a saccharine note:

“And hold the hand of an aging parent. Taking their breath for the last time. So God made a fighter. God said, I need a family man. A man who would laugh and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his daughter says she wants to spend her life doing what dad does. So God made a fighter.”

A fighter? Really?! DeSantis is a man who routinely attacks those who are far too often marginalized (i.e. LGBTQ Americans) and loves to stage photo-ops of himself surrounded by children, using them as props. Both of those are the hallmarks of a coward.

And now we have reports that DeSantis will refuse to run for the GOP nomination if Trump runs again in 2024, with Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair noting:

But according to four prominent Republicans, DeSantis appears to be reconsidering his plans to run. Sources told me DeSantis recently indicated to donors that he would not challenge Trump for the Republican nomination. “He’s led them to believe he will not run if Trump does,” a Republican briefed on the donor conversations told me. Another source told me DeSantis’s calculus is that, at age 44, he can easily wait until the next presidential cycle, so why risk a brutal primary fight against a pugilist like Trump? “He can walk into the presidency in 2028 without pissing off Trump or Florida,” the source said. “What would you rather do? Be the governor of Florida for certain or go run for president?”

In other words, DeSantis has no balls whatsoever. He’s all rhetoric. Again, it’s what you’d expect from a coward, a lightweight, a gutless little boy who soils himself anytime his daddy raises his voice in anger.

Ron DeSantis may think he was chosen by God and is a fighter, but he’s nothing but a stuffed suit with a bullhorn. Men like him wind up destroying themselves in due time.

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DeSantis Hired An Illegal Immigrant To Coordinate Flight Of Migrants To Martha’s Vineyard: Report

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) allegedly hired an illegal immigrant to help coordinate a flight of migrants from Texas to Florida and then to Martha’s Vineyard last month.

The Miami Herald spoke with a man named Emmanuel who says he was paid $700 to recruit migrants who were willing to travel from San Antonio to Massachusetts.

 

Paying someone who is in the United States illegally is prohibited in Florida.

According to The Herald:

[Emmanuel] was recruited by Perla Huerta, a 43-year-old former U.S. Army counterintelligence agent working for Vertol Systems Company — which has been paid more than $1.5 million by the DeSantis administration to execute the [migrant relocation operation]. Emmanuel ended up receiving three cash payments totaling $700 from Huerta for his work on behalf of DeSantis’ relocation program, he told the Miami Herald.

Text messages reviewed by the Herald corroborate his account.

The authors of the article also report:

Such compensation would appear to be a blemish on the governor’s public stance against the hiring of undocumented immigrants, and could present a compliance issue with an immigration law that DeSantis campaigned on in 2018, championed as governor in 2020 and continues to tout as he runs for reelection in November.

DeSantis has been accused of using the flight of migrants to garner media attention at a time when he is seeking reelection and a possible run for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

According to the governor, he arranged the flight because:

“We are not a sanctuary state, and it’s better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction, and yes, we will help facilitate that transport for you to be able to go to greener pastures. Every community in America should be sharing in the burdens. It shouldn’t all fall on a handful of red states.”

DeSantis is also facing a lawsuit filed by the migrants he tricked into boarding the plane. They accuse him of false imprisonment.

 

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Val Demings Throws Major Shade At Rubio During Debate: Marco ‘Has Never Run Anything But His Mouth’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) got his head handed to him by his Democratic opponent, Rep. Val Demings (D) during a debate Tuesday evening.

The debate moderator mentioned the American Rescue Plan Act that was signed into law in March of 2021 and some Republicans have suggested has led to high inflation. That led the moderator to ask Rubio, “What can you do to help families now?”

The senator replied:

“Well I think the first thing we have to stop doing is spending that kind of money. Number two is, we’ve got to begin to produce American oil again.

“We can’t do that kind of crazy stuff. It only adds to the inflation. I think it begins by winning this election and getting people like that out of office.”

That’s when Demings dropped a hammer on Rubio:

“Of course, the senator, who has never run anything at all but his mouth, would know nothing about helping people and being there for people when they are in trouble. No one planned the pandemic, but our response to it is everything. Individuals were hurting, families were hurting, businesses were hurting.”

Demings also brought up the CARES Act which was passed while Donald Trump was still in office and cost $2.2 trillion:

“There were some problems with the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program that you love to take credit for. Some say it was poorly written. Some say it didn’t help the people that it was supposed to, didn’t save the jobs that it was supposed to. There was a way to fix the problems in the PPP through the American Rescue Plan and help people that were in trouble. But you played politics, senator. And you did not do that.”

 

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DeSantis Claims The Media Wanted Hurricane Ian To Hit Tampa To ‘Advance Their Agenda’

According to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), what he calls the “national regime media” wanted Hurricane Ian to hit Tampa because he would help to “advance their agenda” and “they thought that would be worse for Florida.”

They. Them. The other. The enemy.

Can you see the right-wing game that DeSantis is playing? Whenever a Republican doesn’t want to answer a question or is caught in a lie, he or she will try to blame someone or something else. That way they don’t have to accept any responsibility.

DeSantis made those remarks to Florida’s Voice, a right-wing website, according to Mediaite.

“Quite frankly, you have national regime media that they wanted to see Tampa, because they thought that would be worse for Florida. That’s how these people think.

“They don’t care about the people of this state. They don’t care about the people of this community. They want to use storms and destruction from storms as a way to advance their agenda. And they don’t care what destruction’s in their wake. They don’t care about the lives here. If they can use it to pursue their political agenda, they will do it.”

In other words, if anyone was harmed or killed as a result of Hurricane Ian, it’s all the media’s fault, because DeSantis certainly isn’t going to accept any of the blame. How typical.

Remember when failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump was asked if he accepted any of the blame for the massive U.S. death toll from COVID?

“I don’t take responsibility at all,” Trump said defiantly, pointing to an unspecified “set of circumstances” and “rules, regulations and specifications from a different time.”

Harry S. Truman had a sign on his desk while he was president that read, “The buck stops here.”

But Truman was a Democrat and an adult who could admit and accept his own failings. Today’s Republicans don’t have the spine for such accountability.