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For those who have written off the thought of a Trump-DeSantis ticket, think again!
While speculation is through the roof, it is suggested that all interested parties read Governor DeSantis’ recently released book, “The Courage to be Free.” It’s marvelous writing, lending valuable insight into the governor’s management style and his no-nonsense approach to the job.
What impressed me the most is how quickly Ron DeSantis was able to zero in on the problems, including the need to appoint conservative Supreme Court members. As luck would have it, three liberal justices were facing mandatory retirement. DeSantis replaced them with three conservatives. Everything changed. Long thwarted reforms were at last underway in Florida.
What most caught my attention were the perceived foes. Like former President Trump, DeSantis sees the RINO establishment, deep state, and “legacy media” as deterrents prohibiting honest, efficient government. He makes his case for term limits as Trump has done.
Trump’s Saturday Waco rally didn’t exactly sound cordial! Trump may have come down a little too hard on his contemporary, even for his most ardent supporters. Perhaps DeSantis had it coming. To some, his, “I’m an executive type,” sounded marginally arrogant.
For those old enough to remember the Reagan-Bush primary of 1980, it should be noted that it was anything but friendly! Reagan passed out leaflets describing Bush’s tri-lateral membership and involvement. Bush, a Keynesian economic proponent, called Reagan’s supply-side economics, as authored by Arthur Laffer,” voodoo economics.”
In the end, the two came together and formed a winning ticket that defeated incumbent, Jimmy Carter in the November election.
DeSantis credited Trump’s decisive support in his uphill governor’s race against Jeb Bush-backed gubernatorial primary opponent, Adam Putnam who was the darling of “big sugar.” His war chest looked insurmountable. Then came Trump’s endorsement. The rest is history.
Core Trump supporters are understandably perturbed that DeSantis has not already endorsed Trump. And for good reason.
DeSantis has just been re-elected for a second term. He put on a clinic on how to run a state when all the stars are aligned in your favor. The three Supreme Court appointments proved to be the catalyst in his first term. Super majorities in the Florida House and Senate will maintain the momentum this year.
Washington will not be so easy, even with Republican majorities in control of both chambers. As DeSantis recognized in his book, career politicians are primarily concerned with keeping their jobs, as opposed to doing them!
Trump doesn’t care, or at least gives the impression that it doesn’t matter. Should DeSantis resign his governorship in favor of a primary run, it will be to his own detriment. Trump’s MAGA base will be the difference. The attention is already turning to running mates, especially qualified female options.
The question becomes, will his MAGA core, coupled with a strong female on the bottom of the ticket be enough to win the general election?
Forget about Trump’s possible indictment! It won’t happen. And if it does, it will be a bigger crash and burn than Texas Attorney General Rosemary Lehmberg’s feckless 2014 charge of “abuse of the official capacity” against then-Governor, Rick Perry. This first-degree felony was accompanied by a third-degree felony charge of “coercion of a public servant.”
The first charge was dismissed. The second charge was later ruled unconstitutional. Retired Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz described Lehmberg’s objective as an attempt to “criminalize politics.”
Recent polls indicate that the GOP nomination will be Trump’s for the taking. A woman on the bottom of the ticket is a step in the right direction. But it likely won’t be neo-con Nikki Haley! Sarah Huckabee has her hands full cleaning out Asa Hutchinson’s RINO remnants in Arkansas. Kari Lake could be a plurality Senator-elect in a three-way race in Arizona. On paper, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem may best fit the bill, if the goal is to find a milder, non-threatening personality
DeSantis is Trump without the baggage. He is likewise Trump without the life experience. DeSantis is an architect. Trump is a mover and a shaker. DeSantis’ 2028 success will require Trump to clear a contemptuous, deceitful field which is the D.C. swamp.
DeSantis’ ability to win MAGA disciples will be his key to a presidential victory in 2028. As Trump’s second, this will be mathematically probable.
The governor’s grasp of the dangers of CRT is impressive. As vice president, he could take anti-wokism and CRT expulsion to a new level, heading an agenda that would include but not be limited to, expelling both from American shores.
In short, Trump and DeSantis agree on most, in not all of the issues. Together, they will unite the party like never before. The obstructionist careerists, globalist neo-cons, and “Uni-partiers” would find themselves boxed in, ultimately outmaneuvered.
I wouldn’t worry about the residency factor. Dick Cheney moved to Wyoming four days prior to the 2000 election for those who recall. Trump maintains ownership in a winery in Charlottesville, Virginia.
A Trump-DeSantis ticket will be virtually impossible for Democrats to best in 2024.
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