Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, The Mad Irishman, Pirate’s Cove, Whores and Ale and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

This is the guy I’d like to see run for President in 2024.  Excerpt:

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) rallied against woke ideology, calling on Republicans to unite and fight back against Democrats. 

DeSantis traveled to Pittsburgh to campaign for Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano (R-PA) to take aim at culture war issues, Critical Race Theory (CRT), and the push for transgenderism. 

“I think in Florida, and we need this to be true in Pennsylvania, around the country, we can’t just stand idly by while woke ideology ravages every institution in our society,” DeSantis said in his speech. 

The Florida governor was adamant that the fight to get wokeness out of society cannot afford to be overlooked, saying that America cannot surrender to the left’s radical agenda.

“We must fight the woke in our schools. We must fight the woke in our businesses. We must fight the woke in government agencies. We can never ever surrender to woke ideology. And I’ll tell you this, the state of Florida is where woke goes to die,” he told the crowd. 

Ron DeSantis is acting an awful lot like a Presidential candidate.  He’s a natural leader, a forceful speaker, and a good old-fashioned alpha male.   I am still pretty sure Donald Trump will run, but frankly I wish he wouldn’t.  If he threw all his strength behind DeSantis in 2024, I suspect we’d be looking at a landslide.

Here’s what I mean by DeSantis acting like a Presidential candidate:

DeSantis is hitting the campaign trail with stops in Ohio, New Mexico and Arizona, rallying for Ohio Republican candidate for Senate JD Vance, Arizona Republican candidate for Senate Blake Masters and GOP nominee for governor Kari Lake.

This is the kind of thing the leader of a party does.

Ron DeSantis has it in him to be another Ronald Reagan.  He adheres to most of Trump’s policies without Trump’s baggage and, frankly, a much more polished presence, which, like it or not, is a big advantage.  He has experience in the Imperial City in the House of Representatives, he has executive experience as Governor, he appears to have strong family support and he has ample personal strength for the gig.  Best of all, he seems to have a knack for making good staff picks, which is something President Trump struggled with in his first term.

To sum up, Ron Desantis has most of President Trump’s strengths and none of his liabilities.  Now, if he runs, the Democrat mud-slinging machine will hit high gear, and Ron DeSantis (or anyone else) will be the next guy labeled as Literally Hitler.  But I think he can survive that.  He’s got a good message, and he’s got good message discipline.

If Trump runs and wins the nomination, I’ll sure vote for him.  And after the FBI raid on Mar-A-Lago, I’m more convinced than ever that he will run.  But I’d rather see DeSantis take his shot.  And if DeSantis doesn’t run in 2024, as he has said he wouldn’t if Trump runs again, then I’d bet money he’ll run in 2028.  And when he runs – especially given the weakness of the Democrat bench – I expect he’ll win.