Not long after Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-F.L., wins his reelection bid in the Sunshine State, he is expected to formerly declare his 2024 presidential campaign.
And it won’t matter if former President Donald Trump is running, either.
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That’s according to a report from noted conservative commentator Kurt Schlichter, who wrote on RedState that DeSantis has begun consulting experts in preparation for his expected presidential run.
The driving factor, Schlichter said, was the lessons learned from the faded career of former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J. Christie was a huge star in the Republican Party in 2012, but declined to run against President Barack Obama and instead opted to bid his time for a 2016 run.
Christie’s 2016 presidential campaign floundered. His star had already faded. Now he’s in “network green rooms instead of the White House” because he passed up his big 2012 chance, Schlichter wrote.
Remember a decade ago when we had Christiemania, when he was a breath of fresh air blowing away lib pieties after an improbable New Jersey governor win? And instead of striking while the presidential iron was hot, he failed to go for it, and now he will never be president of anything except maybe the International Society to Prevent Cardio. Mario Cuomo similarly blew it in the 80s. He was the Dem candidate who sped up the Dems’ heartbeats with his unapologetic defense of liberal values. He had his shot, and played Hamlet, and never became president. Today, he’s remembered only for being the father of two big creeps.
The 2024 cycle is undoubtedly Ron DeSantis’s moment. He won a first election that everyone expected him to lose as the governor of the Free State of Florida. He will win a crushing victory over secret lizard-person Charlie Crist this November. And he has set about owning the libs hard not merely by humiliating them for their hypocrisy with awesome moves like sending illegals to Martha’s Vineyard but with substantive conservative policies that are sucking the remaining productive people out of hellscapes like New York and California.
Rumors of DeSantis’ potential presidential run seem to always come with the comparison to Trump.
The 45th president has made it clear he intends to run for office again in the 2024 election, where he’ll enjoy a large advantage in name recognition, fundraising, and has the loyalty of many in the Republican Party’s base. There has been speculation DeSantis will defer to Trump, or accept a subordinate position as his vice presidential candidate.
That shouldn’t deter DeSantis, Schlichter said. The time is now, while DeSantis is at the top of his popularity. “The problem with being on top is that there is nowhere to go but down.”
He is never going to be better positioned than right after his smashing reelection victory. He will have the momentum, he will have the excitement, and he will have the bully pulpit as governor of America’s most vibrant state.
He’s young (44) and he could wait, in theory. But why? Youth is part of his sell, and that applies both to the relatively youthful Trump and especially to crusty Grampa Badfinger should he run again (which he seems to want to do). And after getting the nomination, some Democrat is going to have to spend the campaign explaining how inflation, foreign defeat, and an open border are actually good things
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