The media narrative has done a one eighty….
The hounds have been set loose AGAINST Donald J. Trump….
Not just by the courts and prosecutors from New York to Florida…..
But also by ‘The Donald’s’ OWN party…..
Trump’s polling numbers against his strongest opponent Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis have him still ahead….
But the margin IS shrinking fast….
We have had the media all the sudden focus strongly on DeSantis and this dog smells problems….
The Florida Governor is NOT the HOLY ROLLER media entertainment act that Trump IS….
There are reports that DeSantis does NOT like ‘glad handing’ that a national campaign would require….
DeSantis policies that work in Florida are NEVER gonna work in a national campaign ….
Oh and there IS THIS….
About 20% -30% of Republicans REALLY LOVE Donald Trump and his sidewalk act no matter WHAT….
And Trump doesn’t seem to want to let go…..
He probably doesn’t want to let go with ALL the legal stuff on his tail….
But the biggest fantasy of the Republican world is that they finally bred the correct mutant strain of Trumpism, authoritarianism, and cute family in the form of Ron DeSantis.
Allow me a moment to detonate that dream. First off, in person, Ron DeSantis is a strange no-eye-contact oddball. Is he smart? At least academically, but smart and electable aren’t an overlapping Venn diagram. Is he a great candidate? Get the fuck out of here. A conservative governor with infinite financial resources at his disposal running in a conservative state against a spent-force three-time loser hated by both his old party and his new party?
Winning Florida isn’t the flex DeSantis and his stans think it is.
There was a key moment that ensured Donald Trump would re-enter the 2024 race, and it came courtesy of Charlie Crist. There was a moment in the one debate between DeSantis and Crist where Charlie knocked Ron back hard. DeSantis stood there for a noticeably long pause before he could respond. Trump saw that. He processed that. He knew and assessed the weaknesses of DeSantis on the debate stage and in the media space, where he is the unquestionable master. He smelled blood. DeSantis of 2024 is the Jeb Bush of 2016; inevitable, beloved of the money people and the conservative intellectual class…until he’s not.
Finally, Republicans are pinning their hopes on Rupert Murdoch putting Trump down. Think again. Fox will watch its revenue drip drip drip into the hands of networks like Newsmax, OAN, and a host of other smaller players willing to shoot that IV of agitporn into the veins of MAGA voters. They’ll come back to Trump. Rupert is in this as a business, not a crusade. Mark it down.
This fevered and furious moment of denunciation and condemnation of Trump is a sight to behold. But it’s a sight that will vanish. It’s a mirage, an illusion. The Republican party base knows Trump. Conditioned by a massive MAGA media complex, a steady Facebook propaganda effort, The Apprentice, and eight years of excuses for his every excess, failure, and eccentricity, the outrage from the center-right today is like static to them. They like his cruelty. They want chaos. They like the hideous aspects of his character. Why settle for Diet Trump when the sugary, full-calorie version is available?
These struggle sessions in the MAGA Cultural Revolution won’t end with Hogan, Youngkin, or even DeSantis; they’re stuck with Trump, no matter how much they twist and turn. The Washington cadres of professional conservatives, gentry conservative media outlets (and even a few anti-Trump SuperPACS) would desperately love to go home to the old GOP. They really, really want to be back “in the room” and shape the party’s ideas and policies. They are bound to fail utterly and irrevocably.
They think they’re done with Trump. Trump is far from done with them….
A LOT of Democrats ARE praying for Trump to stay around and keep the Republicans infighting and dividing the party….