First they say May, then they say June. But as long as Trump has this much party backing, there's no reason for DeSantis to announce at all. Meanwhile Donald continues to consolidate support. https://t.co/cDb4SGtbUj
— chatham harrison is tending his garden (@chathamharrison) April 28, 2023
Pennsylvania, famously welcoming to carpetbagger candidates!
come on up here and announce at wegner’s over some crudités with asparagus and tequila https://t.co/FiXxFQINSg
— kilgore trout, blue check blocker (@KT_So_It_Goes) April 28, 2023
DeSantis often attacks "the media" – as indeed he is heard to do in this very ad. Yet his own ad signals over and over that in fact he's a creature of media, that he exists almost entirely inside media, scarcely at all in the material world of practical human life. pic.twitter.com/m6LLN5phsQ
— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 28, 2023
Also that https://t.co/Tewp3vS0z4
— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 28, 2023
Florida’s supine GOP legislature actually changed (‘clarified’) the law that would’ve required DeSantis to give up his current cushy position if (when) he gets around to declaring his presidential candidacy, so that’s a financial hit he won’t have to worry about…
DeSantis’ sway over the FL GOP is part of the sugar high that has some Republicans in thrall of. He’s the most overrated figure in American politics by a wide margin. https://t.co/ds67KIIQ9W
— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) April 25, 2023
“DeSantis is leading the second overseas trade mission of his governorship, organized by the state’s economic-development agency, Enterprise Florida, which his office says comes at no cost to taxpayers.” https://t.co/VpJrVwWDcc
— Matthew Kassel (@matthewkassel) April 26, 2023
Here’s hoping that Mrs. DeSantis enjoyed cosplaying Jackie Kennedy on that ‘overseas trade mission’, because her old man does not seem to have impressed the big GOP donors, much less any important foreign officials…
Analysis: Japanese reporters asked DeSantis about his slipping poll numbers. He got a tad snippy. https://t.co/bZgN3hyxFG
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 29, 2023
when everything's going great pic.twitter.com/Hji79aooVt
— Florida Chris (@chrislongview) April 27, 2023
the way she's ignoring him and scrolling her phone suggests this meeting did not go as planned https://t.co/EfFJfaum7x pic.twitter.com/B2MjXHbad9
— Florida Chris (@chrislongview) April 28, 2023
Such a dim bulb…
Pudding Fingers "failed to impress British business chiefs at a high-profile London event Friday, in a tired performance described variously as 'horrendous,' 'low-wattage' and 'like the end of an overseas trip.'" https://t.co/9pjRsYMjp9
— Florida Chris (@chrislongview) April 29, 2023
… The Florida governor, expected to launch his bid next month to challenge Trump as the Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential race, met with more than 50 representatives of major U.K. firms and business lobbying groups as a part of a four-country “trade mission” ending in London Friday…
One U.K. business figure said DeSantis “looked bored” and “stared at his feet” as he met with titans of British industry in an event co-hosted by Lloyd’s of London — the world’s largest insurance marketplace.
“He had been to five different countries in five days and he definitely looked spent, but his message wasn’t presidential,” they told POLITICO. “He was horrendous.”
A second business figure who was in the room said it was a “low-wattage” performance and that “nobody in the room was left thinking, ‘this man’s going places’.”
They said: “It felt really a bit like we were watching a state-level politician. I wouldn’t be surprised if [people in attendance] came out thinking ‘that’s not the guy’.”
“There wasn’t any stardust.”…
Ron DeSantis is increasingly reminding me of Kyrsten Sinema. A profound misreading of the electorate combined with a total refusal to play along with the basic niceties of the profession https://t.co/b4fulNzQz5
— chatham harrison is tending his garden (@chathamharrison) April 29, 2023
Maybe when the big Republican donors look for their next Trump slayer candidate they should find someone who didn’t run TV ads for their current job themed to how much they love Trump. And also, isn’t a vindictive little weirdo. pic.twitter.com/fqSjfbNtM0
— Schooley (@Rschooley) April 18, 2023
“If you are waiting for that perfect, magic moment to take on Donald Trump… You are waiting too long. Just ask President Ted Cruz.”@jrpsaki on DeSantis's 2024 strategy pic.twitter.com/FeTNm5DtON
— Inside with Jen Psaki (@InsideWithPsaki) April 23, 2023
That is a really good comment by Jen.
DeStupid has always had very tightly controlled public appearances. He could get away with that in heavily. gerrymandered FL. He’s thin skinned and totally lacking in social graces.
He’s now having to appeal to people who can tell him to get lost, over whom he has no power, and is about as successful at it as a chocolate teapot.
He can’t not run for president without looking like a useless nitwit, he’s already made too much noise about doing so, but running for president makes him look like a useless nitwit.
As for the general public he’s an authoritarian creep but even worse, for his prospects, he’s personally utterly without charm.
An anti Cary Grant.
I’m fascinated by how many of these Repub men come across as simulacra of human beings.
@Phylllis: It’s because they are. Humans take joy in the company of other humans, they want others to do well, they like to be liked.
DeStupid and his ilk only see others as threats or prey. Can someone be used or do I have to grovel to them? That’s it, an utterly joyless existence
I remember the video of Ted Cruz trying to hug or kiss his then young daughter, and she pulled away in recoil.
@eclare: I’ve always wondered if maybe she was just tired and overwhelmed by the crush of people. Having said that, I hate seeing kids being made to participate in performative affection bullshit.
I hadn’t thought of that, maybe, but she was at an age where daughters adore their fathers.
@Phylllis: Equally true of the women. I’ve never forgotten the end of the ’08 VP debate. While the Palins were swanning around the stage chatting, they left their youngest daughter alone clutching Trig, who was too big for her. The only adult who went to check on the children? JOE. Certainly not their mother!
I know someone who interacted with Trump at close quarters long before his presidential run, in a professional setting. He described Trump as unfailingly professional and charming. This is what De Santis doesn’t have and never has had. I don’t think Trump is capable of this anymore either — the entitlement has bitten too deep — but once upon a time he could do it when he needed to, and it’s probably one part of how he ended up as president.
As transactional as TFG is, gotta believe he knows the value of returning the phone calls of megadonors! Unbelievable DeSantis doesn’t.
I haven’t watched Psaki’s show because I pretty much have never been able to bear TV news. Is it any good? It can’t be as good as the Press Secretary show she was on a couple years ago.
@Ivan X: Same here. I kinda suspect that without the adversaries in the room, it couldn’t really be as compelling. Secy. Jean-Pierre, by contrast, when I watch her, it’s …. yanno, *combat*. Thrust, slash, parry. Fun! Not to take away from Secy. Psaki, but still, part of what made her was the *job*.
I knew a handful of service type people who had dealings with trump back in the 80’s. They all said the same thing, he was always very friendly and polite and went out of his way to acknowledge them.
The anti Cary Grant?
deathsanta doesn’t even have enough whatever to be that good. He is the kid they never showed on Our Gang, the one that was totally weird and no one liked in any way, shape or form. And he seems to have gotten a lot worse as he’s gotten older.
Ted’s daughter seems to know him all too well. As in get the hell away from me level knowledge.
I mean would you want to be anywhere near him? He has all the charm of an unlanced boil, all the presence of a pile of garbage after sitting in the sun for 3 months. And that’s the nicest things I can think to say about him…..
deathsanta is so wound up in his own bullshit (which is all he has – bullshit) that he can’t see anything else. It’s like he walks around with a mirror in front of him so he doesn’t have to look at anyone else. But it’s a fun house mirror. Now normally that would make him look worse but it’s deathsanta so he actually the only human that looks in any way normal in a fun house mirror.
All that and a seditionist as well. I have a small hope that the Special Counsel might sweep him up in the jan6 grand jury. I would love that. A lot.
I never say never because Repubs have demonstrated there’s simply no one too repulsive to lead their party, and since it’s one of only two viable parties, whichever grotesque hairball the GOP eventually horks up will have a shot at becoming president.
That said, it’s incredibly satisfying to watch the peevish dullard DeSantis flame out. I hope this rollout debacle is painfully humiliating for every single person involved.
@Betty Cracker: Never intend to step into your territory, Ms. Cracker… but that DeSquamous dude is such a rich target, figured you wouldn’t mind a little help with the shovelling!
@Anne Laurie: The more the merrier! Was just reading about Biden’s appearance at the WHCD, and he got in on the DeSantis trash talk too!
She’s got to be a teenager by now, right? I wonder how she feels about her parents these days.
I just read about the pitchbot shout out in that prior thread. So awesome. I feel like a proud parent.
Back in the day an issue of The Authority had a twist where the secret code phrase needed to depower the unstoppable cyborg super-redneck (Mark Millar wrote it, natch) that the US Government had unleashed on the overly-idealistic superteam was something that would never, ever be said by anyone, ever.
The phrase was “Welcome to the Oval Office, President Gore”.
Let’s hear it for the Rainbow Tour, it’s been an incredible success…
Though I’m afraid this re-written scene doesn’t top the original:
DESANTIS: Did you hear that? They called me a bore! They actually called me a bore!
OFFICIAL: You are a bore.
As I understand it — and perhaps Betty Cracker will correct me if I am wrong — the FL GOP legislature is made up of Chamber of Commerce rejects, former cops, used car dealers, and their failsons.
If we somehow have offended the gods so badly that they inflict a President DeSantis on us, I think he won’t find the Senate and House GOP so malleable. (A recurring annoyance for me is when people speak of Trump’s legislative accomplishments. Run down the list — those were McConnell’s legislative goals, he just used Trump to rubber-stamp them.)
If he were an actor he would be type cast to always play the William Atherton ” Walter Peck” part in Ghostbusters. The pompous, humourless, spiteful jerk, using his position to hurt others.
I think this sums him up well
I remember Bill Maher saying something similar early in Trumpy’s reign of error – that at parties where Trump was, way back when, he was a considerate host and talked like a normal person. He said the difference was shocking…
I don’t think he wants to be the President as much as he wants to be the Terminator. Unfortunately, the Terminator as played by Peewee Herman instead of Arnold.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@kalakal: I paused over the idea of a chocolate teapot. I couldn’t see how to make it work, but, you know, chocolate.
@eclare: Even that baby is his lap looks uncomfortable. I can’t decide whether the look means “who is this guy?” because he’s never held his own baby before OR whether it’s “this guy? I hate this guy.”
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Joey Maloney: One of his daughters tried to harm herself late last year, and then came out as bi. I don’t know if it’s the same daughter. Poor thing.
@Ivan X: Picture the star of that press secretary show, only made up and looking more like a newsperson than the regular Jen Psaki, speaking with the tone and cadence of Rachel Maddow.
I LOVED the Jen Psaki original, I am still thrown by this new person who looks a lot like her.
Took me a second…. Biden owes me a new cell phone. LOL
The more I watch DeSantis, the more it appears to me he’s somewhere on the autism spectrum, which would account for behavior so many find so off-putting. The refusal to look people in the eye and his apparent inability to create or even show any interest in interpersonal relationships are not unusual for people on the spectrum, but they would seem to be serious challenges for someone who wants to excel at national and international politics.
Ella in New Mexico
This is why no one should rest on their haunches mocking this turd enough to convince themselves he couldn’t possibly win in enough of the the 6 states we all know our bullshit Constitution unintentially turned into the places that decide who is the President for those of us living in the other 4
Tons of R’s I know who voted for Trump are no longer happy with the guy. But they vote Republican, period, whoever’s on the ballot under R and if it’s DeSantis he will have their vote.
That’s why–even though we are in the majority of the popular vote– we will have to fight our asses off–YET AGAIN–next year.
@evodevo: I’m not sure Bill Maher is the most trustworthy source on what passes for “normal” and “considerate” these days. Considering how far *he’s* fallen into “cranky old crackpot” territory.
Still, point taken.
@RAM: Who says DeSantis wants to “excel” in national or international politics? The only thing he seems to want to excel in is making people he hates suffer.
Still, point taken. :)
@WaterGirl: ah, thank you for the vivid description. I was afraid it would be something like that, especially when I hadn’t heard boo about it since it launched. Producers without imagination have a way of normalizing interesting stories and people when they run them through their producer car wash.
It’s likely C, both of the above…
Maybe DeSantis is waiting for indictments to see if they affect Trump support. As if.
What the hell is wrong with MAGAt’s? Besides everything.
Roberto el oso
@kalakal: I have not heard the ‘chocolate teapot’ metaphor in years! Thank you for a pleasant and unexpected nostalgic frisson :)
@Joey Maloney: I’m wondering if this was her….
@Ken: That was my first thought!
Paul in KY
@eclare: Would you want Ted Cruz kissing you?! Yick!!
Paul in KY
@Tony Jay: May I say to ‘The Authority’ joke writing team: Fuck you, you fucking fucks!!!!!
Paul in KY
@RAM: I think he’s just a very narsisistic asshole.