Florida turned to the widespread Publix chain because other pharmacies, as the Florida Emergency Director (a Democrat) explained, weren’t ready to start selling. Palm Beach County’s mayor, another Democrat, said the county had specifically requested that the state expand its Publix partnership to Palm Beach. “60 minutes” left this out.
Also, a response DeSantis gave to a press conference by a 60-minute journalist on Publix was deceptively edited at a press conference, removing its convincing and detailed explanation of why the alleged scandal is a non-story, but in its furious denials remains behind.
The downside for DeSantis is that he was smeared by the most famous news program on American television. The upside is that this latest, quickly exposed media attack adds to his ongoing rise in the Republican political firmament.
It is far too early to know for sure what the post-Trump GOP will look like or whether there will be a real post-Trump GOP for years to come. But if a post-Trump GOP looks like Ron DeSantis, who has a populist side and struggles with the press but undoubtedly rules seriously and is successful in the nation’s third largest state, it’s landed in a country cheap place.
DeSantis got through the Trump years with a nifty political twist. He didn’t stumble trying to walk a tightrope on Trump like Nikki Haley did, or kept trying to please Trump voters like Senator Josh Hawley did, or told Trump partisans, they’re supposed to pound sand like Senator Ben Sasse did.
Obviously, he went out of his way to identify with Trump at the start of his 2018 gubernatorial run, but it wasn’t a Matt Gaetz-style piece to gain fame on cable and a celebrity fame in Trump for its own sake. World to become.
DeSantis took the boost he got from Trump’s support, won a contested Republican primary, and then captured Florida governorship with a clear idea of what to do with it – in fact, towards the end of his first year before the pandemic, which had a 72 percent Approval rating.
The governor checks the key Trumpian boxes. Trump’s supporters want someone who is a fighter, who deals with the media as best they can, and who has the right enemies.
DeSantis had to overcome media hostility from the start and had notable problems with antagonistic reporters before the “60 Minutes” episode took them to another level.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the media has been determined to label DeSantis as a villain who disregards science to the detriment of its constituents. In fact, he had a deliberate approach aimed at protecting the most vulnerable in the nursing homes and slightly touching government restrictions in an attempt to overcome the pandemic with a minimum of economic damage. Any fair reading of the evidence – Florida has a death rate roughly the national average while its economies are in much better shape than New York and California – must admit that it was at least a perfectly reasonable strategy.
DeSantis was rightly determined to defend his record, but never makes sense, as Trump often did, that fighting the media in itself is a good thing that goes beyond all essential considerations.
If DeSantis’ rise is a Trump-era phenomenon, its record is rooted in traditional conservative priorities – textual judges, school choices, tax cuts, spending curbs, and law and order. He also has a more pragmatic side of increasing teacher salaries despite pushing for educational reforms and pursuing a robust environmental agenda.
It’s always a breeze to predict a presidential race three years before it’s serious start. Trump could decide to run again and wipe out the sun in 2024, and DeSantis must win re-election in 2022.
However, on paper, he has obvious strength as a potential national candidate. He’s out of a hugely important swing state. He was battle-tested – he won a brawl of a race in 2018 and lagged behind in the polls. He might be the only lead candidate in 2024 to hold executive office, while his government record would theoretically allow him to target not only the hardcore but also the key category of “somewhat conservative” voters in the GOP primaries.
“60 Minuten” certainly played its part.