If Biden gets the nomination, that is unambiguously good news for the prospect of flipping Florida and its 29 tasty electoral votes in November. Trump calls himself a Florida man now, but like 99% of the louts who’ve made the state infamous with their bizarre antics, he’s a transplant, not a native, so he’ll get no favorite son treatment around here.
One advantage Trump does have in the state is a Republican governor and GOP-appointed secretary of state. Just ask George W. Bush what a big fat plum that is! But it’s looking like that edge may not be all it’s cracked up to be this year. Via Politico:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The close relationship between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump is souring, and the bad blood is threatening to spill into the president’s reelection effort in the nation’s biggest swing state…
Since his election, DeSantis has prioritized the nitty-gritty of state policy fights over using his platform as a popular governor to defend Trump in the battleground state that could make or break the president’s reelection.
DeSantis is no verbal knife fighter, something Trump expects from those in his inner circle, and the onetime Fox News stalwart has ceased appearing on the cable channel. And with Election Day just eight months away, his pick to lead the Republican Party of Florida resigned on Tuesday after failing to deliver crucial get-out-the-vote infrastructure.
The “onetime Fox News stalwart” characterization understates what a completely shameless Trump toady DeSantis was just a couple of years back. He bum-rushed the Fox greenroom like Uncle Tater homing in on the Golden Corral buffet to attract Trump’s attention. That mission accomplished, DeSantis then parlayed Trump’s approval into a nomination, using the strength of his devotion to toss less pure rivals as if he were Dr. Jill and Symone Sanders dispatching anti-dairy protesters at a Biden rally.
As you may recall, during the primary, DeSantis ran an ad that depicted him teaching his toddler to “build the wall” with blocks and reading his children a bedtime story featuring “Mr. Trump” telling people “you’re fired.” It was nauseating. But this is a swing state, and after DeSantis won the Republican primary, he detrumpified his persona with astonishing speed. That has continued since he took office, at least when he’s away from large concentrations of wingnuts like The Villages. It’s almost as if he was just USING Trump.
Anyhoo, if Florida Republicans are in disarray, that’s good news, and if DeSantis just shit-canned his GOTV chief, that’s even better. Open thread!