Can't be emphasized enough that DeSantis's primary appeal is to Republicans who never wanted to vote for Trump in the first place https://t.co/RaMdXCk8DW
— chatham harrison is tending his garden (@chathamharrison) March 16, 2023
Obligatory response https://t.co/rNnRh9KQ6d pic.twitter.com/TGNnnrclkh
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) March 15, 2023
TFG complaining about anyone’s ethics is deeply ironic, but give him credit for picking out an opponent’s weak spots — “Ron DeSantis hit with an ethics complaint from Trump super PAC”:
… Make America Great Again Inc. is filing a 15-page complaint Wednesday with the Florida Commission on Ethics, a draft of which was obtained exclusively by NBC News.
It asks the commission to probe whether pro-DeSantis super PACs, his “personally lucrative book tour” and a continued wave of state-level campaign contributions, among other things, “are unlawful because they serve his personal political objectives, are in furtherance of his personal financial gain at the expense of Florida taxpayers, and are intended to influence his official decision to resign from office.”…
Trump’s allies face a tall order in getting the commission to investigate DeSantis, considering he appointed five of the nine members.
In theory, if he did face penalties, they could include fines, public censure, ballot disqualification, removal from office or impeachment.
DeSantis is widely expected to run for president but has not yet formally announced. The complaint alleges, however, that he has already checked all the boxes for someone considering a run for the White House, including making stops in early primary states; writing a book (his is titled “The Courage to Be Free”); raising tens of millions of dollars to go into a state-level committee that could be transferred to a federal super PAC; and watching a constellation of supporter-led super PACs and an outside nonprofit group pop up, some with the stated intention of getting DeSantis to run for president.
The pro-Trump super PAC says those steps, when taken together, violate a handful of Florida laws about officeholders’ accepting illegal gifts…
It’s not supposed to stop DeSantis — it’s just intended to grubby his image.
Ronald DeSantis' handlers made the mistake of allowing him out of his comfort zone—you know, fighting off public health and intimidating elementary school librarians. https://t.co/YP8dhdcsA5
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) March 14, 2023
… Since he’s running for president now, even if he hasn’t formally declared his candidacy, they let him talk about foreign policy, reminding everyone that he was once considered one of the bigger bags of hammers in the House of Representatives…
Say this for DeSantis: He knows his audience, and he knows his cues when he hears them.
“While the U.S. has many vital national interests — securing our borders, addressing the crisis of readiness with our military, achieving energy security and independence, and checking the economic, cultural and military power of the Chinese Communist Party — becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them.”
A “territorial dispute”? Seriously, Governor Brainiac? Like the “territorial dispute” between Germany and Poland? Like the “territorial dispute” between Italy and Ethiopia, or between Japan and Manchuria? The early 1940s were a good few years for “territorial disputes.”…
DeSantis is isolated from the Florida press, & he hasn’t yet been touched by the national press. He & his Florida team are going to get chewed up in a presidential campaign. https://t.co/motu5k7xWs
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) March 16, 2023
Aaand the final insult — a ‘newsletter’ note from Puck‘s journalistic botfly, Tara Palmeri:
Is DeSantis Taking Ozempic?
The talk of Tallahassee has been that Ron DeSantis is losing weight, and fast. Juxtaposing photos from his inauguration, two months ago, to pictures from his State of the State speech, last week, suggests a dramatic difference. Not as dramatic as, say, Mike Pompeo, but his boxy suits are looking even baggier. “He’s a shell of his former self,” said one Tallahassee insider.
If there’s one thing that’s been documented about DeSantis, it’s his ability to shove anything in his mouth. Staffers used to lure him into meetings with cupcakes, as I once noted. He loves fried chicken from Zaxby’s. The Daily Beast chronicled a brilliant anecdote about him eating pudding with his fingers. This sudden change has some wondering if DeSantis, like the rest of Hollywood and the Upper East Side, is on Ozempic, the diabetes-turned-weight-loss drug. Of course, it could just be the stress of running for president or perhaps he’s taking Trump’s body-shaming meatball dig to heart…