The media likes to hype up Ron DeSantis as a new Republican alternative to the former guy – largely because he’s managed to win re-election as governor by double digits in a once notorious swing state that is now rapidly turning red. It’s even led some pundits to debate if Donald Trump or DeSantis is more evil. I think it’s possible for multiple things to be true: 1) Any Republican candidate looking to get the nomination in 2024 has to double down on evil promises and would arguably be worse than the former guy if God forbid they won the presidency – and 2) If Trump were to ever win another term in 2024 or 2028, it would be multitudes worse than the first. This is why it’s important that we keep any Republican presidential hopefuls away from the White House for the foreseeable future.
DeSantis, however, doesn’t quite live up to the hype. He embarrassed himself with an appearance in Republican-friendly Staten Island a few weeks ago to which barely anyone showed. While doing a tour for his new book in Iowa, DeSantis again reminded us of why he’s so hopelessly bad at this – demonstrating exactly why his campaign would be a farce. While he likes to pose as a strongman – the biggest shortcoming DeSantis has is an absolute inability to connect one on one with voters.
As buffoonish as Donald Trump is, at least he could tap into the anger of his base, whereas DeSantis thinks a winning strategy is to regale voters with policies he’s already passed – when he isn’t attacking potential voters for opposing his policies. Neither of these approaches translates well – it’s usually what makes a joke candidate a joke candidate. This is why we need to stop portraying DeSantis as an evil genius – he’s an inept clown nobody likes that will make the rest of the Republican clown car look normal.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making