There’s an old saying in politics, If you’re going to fuck up, fuck up early! In politics, Time heals all wounds, and the more time you give yourself to recover from a mistake, the better the chances that voters will forgive or forget about it.
From inauguration day, Florida Governor Ron Pissantis has never once thought about actually governing the state of Florida. Instead he has looked at the Governorship as a 4 year petri dish to polish up his far right bona fides for a 2024 presidential run. And he has fucked it up every step of the way.
Pissantis has spent 4 years doing nothing but throw red meat to the farthest right base. Florida has one of the worst Covid fatality rates in the nation, partially due to their older population. Pissantis has tried to reform Florida schools into the modern version of Hitler Youth academies, expunging any mention of anything in school that might make white kids feel bad.
Deathsantis risked huge Florida real estate tax increases by moving to remove the Disney Corporation’s special status when Disney dared to call him out on his flagrantly homophobic transgender laws. He also threatened school districts with sanctions, including the loss of state funds, if they didn’t kowtow to his moronic mask rules.
Pretty much every one of his boneheaded plays has led to massive protests and screaming from pretty much anybody with 12 functioning brain cells. But DeSantis didn’t care, because he was playing to The Villages GOP vase. And with the political composition of Florida’s electorate, he probably could have survived all of that.
But then Pissanti jumped the shark, and not just once, but twice. First, he created a neo fascist Election Police Force that immediately went after former Florida convicts that the state of Florida had actually issued voter registration cards to in 2020, and is trying to lock them up for voting. How can you engage in vote fraud if you have a Florida voter registration card in your wallet or purse? That’s too stupid to be believed.
The second, equally serious fuck up was, finding it too hard to corral undocumented immigrants in Florida, using Florida taxpayer money to import 4 dozen documented Venezuelan asylum seekers from Texas to Florida for a pit stop photo op, before shipping them up to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
This was political malpractice, for two reasons. First the premises were too stupid to cover over with political whitewash. And second, he did it too damn close to election day to allow other events to erase it from the voters minds.
This stunt with the Venezuelan asylum seekers is stupid, and with no justification. With his dick move, DeSantis violated at least one, if not two new laws he just passed. But there’s an even greater risk for DeSantis here.
The Scandal has become national in the media. Forget about the local news, which DeSantis may be able to massage, every time people in Florida watch the national news, there’s another story about DeSantis being sued by his own party Senator, as well as innocent Venezuelan political refugees, here legally. The optics are incredibly terrible.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist has been running a campaign based on tolerance, love, and inclusion. And here’s Pissantis, looking like Attila the Hun in 1 $3000 suit. He’s slammed Florida’s largest employer, tarnished transgender kids, and he sent a bunch of legal asylum seekers on a treasure hunt to Martha’s Vineyard. The national media is portraying DeSantis as a xenophobic, anti immigrant moron every night, and the Florida audience is seeing it every night on television.
42 days to go. And then we’ll see if Florida voters are dumb enough to cote for a Governor who has brought nothing but shame and disrepute on their state. The perfect way to find out just how strong Trumpism is. And if all goes well, the long awaited goom-bye for Ron Pissantis.