Ron DeSantis

DeSantis Tells It Like It Is

Featured image As always, the Democrats are trying to make political hay out of a natural disaster, in this case Hurricane Idalia. The fact is that hurricanes have not increased in either frequency or severity, but that doesn’t stop the ghoulish liberals. A reporter asked Governor Ron DeSantis about Joe Biden’s politicization of Idalia, and DeSantis responded beautifully: NEW: DeSantis scathes blaming climate change for #Idalia, saying the most powerful storm for »

No Politico, DeSantis’ Internal Poll Data Is Not Scrambling GOP Primary

Featured image Two days after the Aug. 23 Republican primary debate, a poll showed that support for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had jumped by 7 points in the state of Iowa. The headline at Fox News screamed, “Iowa poll shows Florida gov closing the gap on Trump after first Republican debate.” Excited about his post-debate bounce, I was all set to write about it until I saw that the poll had been »

Left-Wing Professors Leaving Florida

Featured image Under Ron DeSantis’s leadership, Florida has attained the enviable status of the state that liberals most like to hate, and to denigrate irrationally. Thus it is no surprise to see this headline: Pro-woke professors leave Florida universities in protest. The Tampa Bay Times reported on a July meeting of the Florida Board of Governors. During the meeting, a number of professors expressed concern about the political climate in Florida. Professors »

DeSantis’s Smart Moves

Featured image With Donald Trump sucking all the oxygen out of the GOP tent with his ongoing dramas, Gov. DeSantis made a smart move yesterday by accepting the challenge to debate California Governor Gavin Newsom one-on-one. It’s a great idea, as it not only features a generational shift from the old guys currently in the lead, but may also contrast with Trump’s possible boycott of the first GOP debate scheduled for next »

Election 2024: It’s the Economy Stupid

Featured image One of the largest political anomalies of our moment is that our economy is, by the standard general measures, doing okay or maybe slightly better than okay given the impact of our misbegotten COVID policies that killed so many small businesses. But a majority of Americans think it isn’t. Employment and economic output are finally back to the favorable levels reached before COVID, and while inflation is still too high »

Getting DeSantis Right

Featured image I recall Daniel Oliver telling the story of being appointed chairman of the Federal Trade Commission by President Reagan, and immediately downsizing the FTC staff and curtailing its harassment of business. Sure enough, the Washington Post ran a front page “news” story a few weeks later about how Oliver had “brought the FTC to a standstill.” Dan said, “It was my proudest moment. Reagan appointees called up from other agencies »

At WaPo, an Epic Blunder

Featured image Jennifer Rubin is a left-wing columnist for the Washington Post. So, naturally, she hates Ron DeSantis. On Friday, she published a column arguing that DeSantis’s conservative policies endanger Florida’s economy. The headline was, “Florida might pay for MAGA cruelty and know-nothingism.” Just another objective day at the office at WaPo! Unfortunately, her entire column was based on a grotesque factual error. The Washington Post has had to post a correction »

It’s Not Over Till It’s Over [With Comment by John]

Featured image The Wall Street Journal reports today: DeSantis Campaign Stalls as He Tries to Court Trump’s GOP Fans and Foes Alike  Six weeks after launching his campaign, DeSantis has stalled. His support in national polls has stayed flat, despite increased travel and advertising and widespread expectations that he would be a formidable challenger to Trump. Signs also have emerged that he is struggling to gain traction in the states that will »

Moms For Hate?

Featured image The Southern Poverty Law Center is a far-left hate group with zero credibility. The people who run it are grifters: for a “poverty” organization it has a remarkable amount of money stashed in offshore accounts. SPLC literally doesn’t know what to do with all of the money that rich people and corporations shower on it. I am hoping defamation lawsuits can take up the slack. SPLC’s childishly simple dodge is »

Where Woke Goes to Die

Featured image Remember when Donald Trump made opposition to political correctness a hallmark of his 2016 campaign? That seems like the quaint, good old days. Now we are dealing with the Woke, a small but vicious and often violent minority who are bullying their way into power, often with a frightening degree of success. Who is taking on the woke fascists? More than anyone else, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. As he created »

What’s In a Name? [Updated]

Featured image That the Democrats are scared to death of Ron DeSantis is evident from the quality of their attacks on him. They don’t want to talk about his record as governor; from their perspective, the less said about that the better. So they have launched one silly broadside after another. But this one takes the cake. It comes from Axios, a web site for the mentally below average: Dee-Santis or Deh-Santis? »

Given the Uproar Over DeSantis’ Campaign Launch, One Might Think He Poses a Threat

Featured image Methinks they protest too much. It took about a nanosecond for the legacy media, former President Donald Trump, and his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination to pounce following the launch of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign on Wednesday evening. True, the technical glitches which delayed the livestream event weren’t exactly ideal and it was a missed opportunity for DeSantis. But the derision that has ensued is way out of »

A New Low for the Left

Featured image When I first saw this headline appear on Twitter, I assumed it was fake. But no—it is real. Take a bow, Vanity Fair: The author of this trenchant piece is Bess Levin, whom I have never heard of either, but Vanity Fair describes her as “An essential voice of our current tragicomedy, she is an incisive, hilarious daily narrator of the horrors that never seem to stop. If you need »

Please, God, Can We Have Someone Else?

Featured image This Hart Research Associates/Public Opinion Strategies/NBC poll has lots of interesting data, which generally seem consistent with other recent surveys. You can see all the results at the link. I want to note just a few highlights. First, these numbers reflect the overall popularity of certain people and institutions: Americans are a surly bunch. It’s hard to be popular. I think the following numbers are more revealing: a large majority »

Bugs, Energy, Alvin Bragg and the 2024 Race

Featured image On Saturday evening, Sunday morning in Australia, I did a fun appearance on Outsiders, the excellent Sky News program that I have been on a number of times. Rowan, Rita and James asked me about some of the issues we have been covering here on Power Line: the Left’s insidious effort to make us eat insects, the U.S. government’s insane energy policies, and the three-cornered battle now going on among »

Giving it up for Walz

Featured image As I have mentioned a time or two previously, the Star Tribune is a pathetic excuse for a newspaper. My theory is that (a) owner Glen Taylor has a high tolerance for mediocrity and (b) gets his news from the paper, so he thinks it’s doing pretty, pretty well. Today the Star Tribune is featuring Brianna Bierschbach’s contribution to DFL public relations in “Gov. Tim Walz draws contrast between Minnesota »

DeSantis Takes Off the Gloves

Featured image In an interview with Piers Morgan that will be broadcast on Thursday, Ron DeSantis finally takes aim at Donald Trump. Until yesterday, he had remained silent in the face of Trump’s usually childish attacks on him. No more: Morgan provides a preview: [I]n a series of jabs at his likely biggest Republican nominee rival, DeSantis slammed Trump over his character failings, chaotic leadership style, and for his handling of the »