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I love to recount old truisms!
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
“You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time. But you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”
“Why settle for Robin, when you can have Batman?”
I am not certain where the first quote originated. The second quote came from Abraham Lincoln. The third quote came from Mark Simone, regarding Ron DeSantis as an alternative to Donald Trump.
Any way you cut it, Biden should be easy to beat for any Republican nominee. His presidency has been an unmitigated disaster! The question then becomes “which” challenger can make the most of a generational opportunity?
Forget the “pee wees!” They are either running for vice president, a cabinet position, or something else.
Ron DeSantis looked to be in a great position. A successful governor, financially solid with the right pedigree, he has been considered the future of the party. the DonRon PAC touted him to be the ideal running mate for Donald Trump in 2024. His campaign sees it differently.
Why DeSantis has elected to run in 2024 is perplexing. With a clear lane open to 2028, many of his stalwart advocates concluded that sitting out ’24 would be preferable to taking Trump on with what could be the ultimate “brass knucks” brawl.
Perhaps the promise of “donor class” megabucks got the better of him. Maybe he has been reading his own clippings. His ambitious wife might have something to do with it. Regardless, he has decided that he and only he can beat Joe Biden.
The 44-year-old DeSantis stated, as reported by Rolling Stone Magazine, “There are only three viable candidates for the presidency and only two who can win: Joe Biden and me.”
Media bias aside, does anyone truly think that Joe Biden has a chance to win in 2024? His record is beyond abysmal! Afghanistan. Inflation. CRT. Wokism. Ukraine. Covid measures. Climate extremism. Crime. Heightened racial tensions. Increase international tensions. The border. The unthinkable threat of nuclear war. Censorship. A weaponized bureaucracy. Unfathomable corruption involving him and his family.
Have I missed anything?
This is truly the time for the Republican party to set aside differences and come together. If they can do this, it will be 1980 again, when Ronald Reagan wiped out Jimmy Carter by simply bringing the latter’s record into full view. The media then attempted to play it down, touting polls that suggested that Carter would win a close race. In the end, Carter won only three states!
Most Trump supporters had concluded that the Florida governor would be Trump’s successor. As VP, he would have four years to acclimate to “swamp conditions.” He would be given the spotlight to take his “anti-woke” crusade nationally. In 2028, he would have the nomination wrapped up with full MAGA support and Trump’s blessing!
Neo-Cons, a lot of whom are “never Trumpers,” have been the primary advocates of a DeSantis run. Trump’s “anti-globalist” posture has something to do with it. Neo-cons welcome “free trading,” code for “shipping American jobs overseas to take advantage of cheap, sweatshop labor.” Neo-cons love endless wars in far-away places, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Ukraine.
Trump opposed intervention in Iraq. the Bushes, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, John McCain, and others thought it was necessary. I continue to be amazed that Chris Wallace did not bring this to light in the 2020 presidential debate!
At this juncture, Democrats have essentially two chances to pull 2024 out of the fire. The first is a different nominee. Hillary Clinton would certainly concur!
The second and most viable is for Trump to run as a third-party candidate. This is improbable but not impossible. If he did, Biden could win with less than 50% of the votes.
Trump will choose a running mate considered loyal. Originally considered DeSantis’ golden pathway to the presidency might become Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s opportunity. Youngkin could help Trump, especially with suburban women.
There are a handful of other VP options not currently running for the presidency, including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. Media executive and political strategist Steve Bannon lists Robert Kennedy, Jr. behind only Arizona’s near governor, Kari Lake as Trump’s best running mate.
While improbable, RFK, Jr. as Trump’s running mate would be an interesting option. The two men agree on four fundamental issues: (a) censorship, (b) protectionism (c) Ukraine, and (d) corruption. Add a fifth objective, “to de-weaponize the federal bureaucracy,” and you have a royal flush! Who knows! It might be enough to pull some of the “Bernie Bros” over!
In any case, this will be Donald Trump’s election to lose.
The majority of Democrats prefer someone other than Biden. Due to the age factor, a DeSantis nomination might pave the way for a last-minute replacement for Biden.
Has anyone thought about a DeSantis-Newsom face-off? A lot of Democrats would relish this matchup. At the very least, it would give Democrats legal justification for jousting Kamala Harris from the ticket!
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