Opinion | Ron DeSantis’s Presidential Campaign Is Not Dead Yet
None of that’s straightforward, however with vital backing from Republican donors, it’s doable.
Extra basically, a presidential candidate wants a private narrative that dovetails along with his political message in a approach that candidates for lesser places of work merely don’t. With out one, they hardly ever succeed. Barack Obama was a groundbreaking African American candidate for a rustic that wanted the audacity of hope. Mr. Trump was the outsider billionaire for a rustic that wanted to be made nice once more.
What’s Mr. DeSantis? He has spent the previous a number of months speaking about his document in Florida greater than about himself, which is admirable in a approach, however insurance policies don’t inform a narrative. In the mean time, the common Republican is aware of little or nothing about his Yale baseball profession, his navy service throughout the conflict on terrorism, his spouse’s struggle in opposition to breast most cancers or his life as a really busy father of three younger youngsters. In a latest journey by means of Iowa, his spouse, Casey, talked in a extra private mode about their life collectively; there should be extra of that.
A lot has been made these days of Mr. DeSantis’s standoffishness. Even when this has been exaggerated, there’s little question that he isn’t a Invoice Clinton-style politician who feeds off individuals. For him, retail politics is clearly work, and he must do it. His staff now has him staying after occasions, to glad-hand. He’ll must do it wherever he goes, with out exhibiting any boredom or irritation, lest he verify the concept he lacks a private contact.
He’ll have to plant his toes firmly on difficult points in a Republican major: What does he consider the legitimacy of the 2020 election? The place he’s now on entitlement reform? Maybe his worst second within the preannouncement section was his backtracking on a poorly drafted assertion calling the Ukraine conflict “a territorial dispute,” which dismayed each G.O.P. supporters and opponents of large-scale support to Ukraine.
Then, after all, there’s the large looming query of how to reply to Mr. Trump’s assaults. Ignoring them, as Mr. DeSantis has principally accomplished this spring, appears weak; responding dangers taking part in Mr. Trump’s recreation. No Republican has but discovered this conundrum, except for Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia.