This appeared out of the wild blue yonder yesterday. As you know, yesterday both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported a May 25 formal announcement and FEC filing by Ron DeSantis, plunging him squarely into the 2024 GOP primary for the top spot on the ticket. And on the same day, off in his corner of the Twitter sky, Glenn Youngkin airs this upbeat video, citing St. Ronnie by name, even, about the direction America should go. Are we the least bit off base to think that this could herald Youngkin throwing his own hat in the ring?
You have to admit, this is a wild card, if it happens this way. Youngkin was asked a while back if he would consider running and his answer was a hard no, but times change and so do peoples’ minds.
It’s time to usher in a new era of American values. It’s our turn to choose life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. pic.twitter.com/IH8enVaL5B
— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) May 18, 2023
Here’s Charlie Sykes’ take on it.
Here comes Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin . We are not experts in these things, but this certainly has a strong folks-he’s-running vibes to it:
I mean, who doesn’t like videos with jets?
But there are at least two odd things about this: (1) It leans heavily on Reagan nostalgia that feels a bit pre-2016, and (2) Youngkin seems to be betting that the GOP electorate is in the mood for upbeat optimism, rather than six more years of lizard carnage. Like this:
It goes without saying that (for now) Youngkin is pretending that Donald Trump doesn’t exist, but the video may be an indication that he feels there might be an opening for the pleasegodnotTrumpagain lane.
I think we should keep a sharp eye peeled for this. Trump is a disaster, yes. He’s also leading DeSantis by 30-some points. DeSantis is also a disaster and he’s the only one who’s running who is even pulling double digits. Everybody else in the race is in low single digits. So Youngkin entering the race would indeed be a wild card.
Regarding DeSantis, his “strategy” is eluding just about everybody. As far as anybody can parse his thought processes, he believes that Big Money donors will endorse him while he is in a knock down drag out fight with the biggest employer in Florida. Disney is a ruling force in Florida and DeSantis is hell bent to continue to antagonize them.
Disney pulled a $1 billion project off the table yesterday, they may very well pull $17 billion worth more. That possibility exists. And they could do it one by one. For DeSantis to be at war with a major player in his own state while he’s trying to capture the imagination of the entire nation and legitimize himself on the big stage of national politics is beyond anybody’s comprehension — other than Ron and Casey DeSantis, apparently.
It’s time to make like Jayson Boebert and pour a tall glass of beer and watch the show. Things are starting to rock in this primary. I don’t see DeSantis beating Disney. I see him beating himself into the ground.
I say this because his argument with Disney is not based on any sound business principles but rather some vague concept of “wokeness” and the issue seems to be that if DeSantis can cow Disney, then he can strike a blow for MAGA values and be the new MAGA king. The problem with that is that the GOP megadonors are clones of the people he’s chosen to fight at Disney. DeSantis may be able to persuade these megadonors that he’s a better alternative to Trump, who has worn everybody out, but he won’t do it if he indicates recklessness towards big money and big business. Show me a Republican politician who has soared to prominence pi$$ing off big business. Please, I want to see that.
I can only imagine how bad this is going to get because I have nothing to compare it to. DeSantis is on a kamikaze mission. Today he is New Hampshire, jabbering about how second graders shouldn’t have to use pronouns, oblivious to all the signs behind the scenes that things are not going his way.
At the end of the day, we’ll see the best laid plans of Ron DeSantis go awry while The Mouse will be alive and doing fine, pronouns, rainbows and all.