DeSantis Vs. Hated GOP Establishment
This part of the New Yorker‘s profile of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is saying the quiet part out loud:
For decades, the Democratic Party had commanded a majority of Florida’s registered voters. But the state was changing, as Trump’s election helped energize a shift in political affinities. The Republican Party’s rank and file became increasingly radical, and G.O.P. leaders appeared only too happy to follow them. “There was always an element of the Republican Party that was batshit crazy,” Mac Stipanovich, the chief of staff to Governor Bob Martinez, a moderate Republican, told me. “They had lots of different names—they were John Birchers, they were ‘movement conservatives,’ they were the religious right. And we did what every other Republican candidate did: we exploited them. We got them to the polls. We talked about abortion. We promised—and we did nothing. They could grumble, but their choices were limited.
“So what happened?” Stipanovich continued. “Trump opened Pandora’s box and let them out. And all the nasty stuff that was in the underbelly of American politics got a voice. What was thirty-five per cent of the Republican Party is now eighty-five per cent. And it’s too late to turn back.”
Jeremy Carl is right about the GOP establishment, though I think the NYer piece, though clearly hostile to DeSantis, is worth reading:
I won’t link to the New Yorker profile of @RonDeSantisFL , which only rarely rises above a typical media hit piece, but this quote explains so much of why the GOP establishment is so hated by GOP voters. pic.twitter.com/fkmAB29wM6
— Jeremy Carl (@jeremycarl4) June 20, 2022
Last night I got this text stream from a sophisticated conservative friend back in the US (I changed it slightly to hide his identifying details]: