“We can sit around and have debates about conservative policy… but the question is, when the klieg lights get hot, when the left comes after you, do you stand strong or do you fold?”
— Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), at CPAC, warning against a return to the old Republican “establishment.”
In a hypothetical three-way Republican primary for president in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) gets 64% support compared to 12% for Sen. Marco Rubio (R) and 10% for Sen. Rick Scott (R), Politico reports. That 52-point lead over Rubio represents a massive increase since July when he was ahead by just 11 points over Rubio.
“I’m not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist. I’m simply saying the racists believe he’s a racist.”
HuffPost, on challenger Ron DeSantis (R).
“He’s easily dislikable. I don’t think anybody could spend a lot of time with him and walk away feeling inspired or encouraged or believe that he in some way knows what it means to to live their life. They realize they can’t package him in that way.”
— Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (D), telling the Tampa Bay Times that rival Ron DeSantis (R) is “a uniquely unlikeable candidate.”
54% to 45%
A new Quinnipiac poll in Florida shows Andrew Gillum (D) leading Ron DeSantis (R) in the race for governor by nine points, 54% to 45% among likely voters. Earlier this month Gillum lead by just three points.
48% to 45%
A new NBC News/Marist poll in Florida finds Sen. Bill Nelson (D) just ahead of Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 48% to 45% among likely voters. In the race for governor, Andrew Gillum (D) is ahead of Ron DeSantis (R), 48% to 43%. Said pollster Lee Miringoff: “The political environment in Florida, overall, is tipping in the Democrats’ favor.”
The news as it’s being reported out of the Florida primaries is that the Trump-backed candidate won the Republican race for governor and the Bernie Sanders-backed candidate won the Democratic one.
But the next morning, the real news is that Rep. Ron DeSantis (Rep – FL6) is a racist.
DeSantis called his opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is African-American, “articulate” just before cautioning that Florida shouldn’t “monkey this up” by electing him governor. Watch the video, painful though it is, and note DeSantis emphasizing the word “monkey.” He practically winks as he pauses slightly to make sure you heard him.
Pundits, of course, rushed to “both sides” this thing. Politico reporter Marc Caputo tweeted: “The race for Florida governor is going to be about race.”
Responses noted that the tweet should have read, “White candidate is making the race for Florida governor about race.”
Gillum’s victory over a moderate with a sense of inevitability is a signal that Florida’s progressives have had it with half measures. DeSantis’ win over a Republican who isn’t on the Trump train shows the same on the right-wing side.
Anyone paying attention is also over and done with the kind of reporting that attempts to paint Democrats with the same brush as Republicans. The news media has been part of the problem. Trying so hard to appear fair and balanced that it can’t even report accurately — which facilitated Trump’s rise — will no longer be overlooked.
Don’t skip this ad just because you don’t live in Florida. But first, tie a bow around your chin so your jaw won’t get hurt when it drops to the ground.
Florida’s choices for governor are a Republican who is owned and operated by the NRA and Big Sugar (and whose agency stopped conducting background checks for concealed carry permits because it couldn’t remember its password), a Hillary Clinton-esque moderate Democrat who is almost guaranteed to lose because of the lack of enthusiasm she inspires among voters, and…this putz.
To paraphrase the old saying about Mexico, “Poor Florida — so far from God and so close to the United States.”