The Trickle-Down Genius of Ron DeSantis

The Trickle-Down Genius of Ron DeSantis. By Stephen Green.

DeSantis is basically unbeatable going into his 2022 [Florida state] reelection effort:

Against Rep. Charlie Crist, the state’s former governor, DeSantis wins 49.2% to 32.8%, with 18% undecided. DeSantis is also beating Florida state senator Annette Taddeo 48.6% to 29.6%, with 21.8% undecided.

In addition, DeSantis scores an approval rating of 58.8% in the poll.

It’s one very easy thing to tell a pollster that, sure, you approve of the governor who avoided most of the COVID madness and signed popular legislation to prevent grown adults from engaging in frank sex talk with second-graders.

It’s quite another, more difficult thing, to get registered to vote with a particular party or even change your lifelong party affiliation. … A March surge of GOP registrations has widened the party’s lead, first won just last year. A spokesperson for the DeSantis campaign told Fox News this week that the surge in GOP registrations gives Republicans an advantage of over 101,000 voters. When DeSantis was first sworn in back in 2019, Democrats led by 255,000.  … This might be unprecedented. …

The left hate DeSantis now, because he is so effective:

DeSantis has turned Florida into a safe space for conservative values. That was true during the COVID hysteria, and particularly now during the pro-grooming madness taking hold of everything from elementary schools to the massive Walt Disney Company.

With missteps so minor that I can’t recall a single one, DeSantis has proven to be a hyper-effective mix of two other Republican leaders — without their weaknesses.

The first is former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. During his two terms in office, Walker showed a particular genius for going after the corrupt financial roots of Leftist power. What a shame that during his all-too-brief 2016 presidential campaign, he lacked that same killer instinct for party primary politics.

The other is former President Donald Trump, whose unrelenting courage and energy made “He fights!” the measure for every GOP candidate who followed in his wake. Trump’s fatal flaw — 2020 election shenanigans notwithstanding — was his sometimes … questionable … taste in hirelings and taking celebrity medical spokesmodel Anthony “Doctor” Fauci at his word in the first weeks of the pandemic. …

DeSantis has, so far, proven far more disciplined than Trump.

But the DeSantis combination of Trumpian guts and Walker-like long-range planning has led to a sort of trickle-down effect for Florida Republicans.

The onetime swing state is now solidly red, with every statewide office but one in GOP hands. The DeSantis effect is so powerful that it’s trickled all the way down to the state’s voters, where Dem support has cratered while GOP support skyrockets.

A strong presidential contender for 2024.