This has not been a great week for Ron DeSantis, that much is certain. The Twitter launch that wasn’t is a bad enough thing to happen, but today, the week got even worse for the governor who would be king. Disney responded in a court filing to DeSantis’ attempts to remove a judge which he argued was biased and Disney shot DeSantis’s argument all to hell. Sigh. CNBC:

Attorneys for DeSantis had argued that Judge Mark Walker should recuse himself from the lawsuit over his comments in two separate cases that referenced the clash between the governor and the entertainment giant.

Disney — which has been feuding with DeSantis since last year, when the company came out against his bill that critics have labeled “Don’t Say Gay” — responded that the defendants’ argument failed to meet the legal standard for disqualification.

“Judges are not prohibited from referring accurately to widely-reported news events during oral arguments, nor must they disqualify themselves if cases related to those events happen to come before them months later,” Disney’s lawyers argued in a court filing Thursday.

“Disqualification is allowed only if the prior comments expose an incapacity on the judge’s part to consider the new case on its own merits,” the lawyers wrote, adding that the judge’s comments in question “come nowhere close to that standard.”

Disney’s lawsuit alleges that DeSantis “orchestrated at every step” a campaign to punish the company for speaking out against a Florida bill limiting classroom discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity. That alleged scheme now threatens the company’s business, Disney alleges.

“The case that we filed last month made our position and the facts very clear,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said during the company’s earnings call earlier this month. “And that’s really that this is about one thing and one thing only and that’s retaliating against us for taking a position about pending legislation.”

That’s it in a nutshell. And the larger context, of course, is what is baffling to everyone. DeSantis has overshot the mark by haggling with the biggest employer in the State of Florida and this is not doing his presidential campaign any good. Nobody is clear at this point exactly what war DeSantis is trying to win. Meanwhile, he keeps losing each and every battle.

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  1. De Dummy, is trapped in one of his smoke and mirror rooms, those places he goes to miss-direct the public from his less than splendid past …

    The smoke generator has gone berserk like his shot on Twitter, he can’t even find the secret mirror to show him the way out …

    He sounds and is looking more like the loser Trump, no stopping the GOP, no mention of how WE, the People, will be saved from total collapse of our economy that Biden has been working on so hard, without ANY significant help from the GOP peanut gallery …

    Next week, EXIT STAGE LEFT, while the last page of the last script, reads, “FADE TO BLACK” …

  2. Latin can be fun (even though I didn’t think so at 11 years of age)
    Exit literally means ‘he goes’ but I think he’d go more ‘right’ than ‘left’

    But here’s another one that applies in DeSanctus’ case: “Quem Iuppiter vult perdere, dementat prius”

    “Those whom Jupiter wishes to destroy, he first makes them crazy”

  3. Ron-Ron, how does it feel to get the shit kicked out of you by a cartoon mouse? I’d feel pretty humiliated at this point but then I do have a modicum of pride.

  4. The Mouse is smarter than DeSatan. Not that it takes much. To borrow,a line from.Barney Frank, speaking to an especially stupid parody he nitwit woman,”I would have a better chance of having an intelligent conversation with my dining room table. “


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