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Opinion | Ron DeSantis Is What the Post-Trump GOP Should Look Like

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Florida turned to the widely popular Publix chain because, as Florida’s emergency management director (a Democrat) explained, other pharmacies weren’t ready to start distribution yet.

The downside for DeSantis is that he’s been smeared by the most iconic news magazine show on American television; the upside is that this latest, swiftly debunked media attack contributes to his ongoing ascent in the Republican political firmament.

But if a post-Trump GOP looks like Ron DeSantis, who has a populist edge and is combative with the press, yet is unquestionably serious about governing and is succeeding in the third-most populous state in the nation, it will have landed in a favorable place.

DeSantis has navigated the Trump years with a deft political touch.

DeSantis took the boost he got from Trump’s support, won a contested Republican primary, and then captured the Florida governorship with a clear idea of what he wanted do with it—indeed, near the end of his first year, prior to the pandemic, he had a 72 percent approval rating.

Trump’s supporters want someone who is a fighter, who gives as good as he gets with the media, and has the right enemies.

DeSantis has had to punch through media hostility from the beginning and had notable throw-downs with antagonistic reporters prior to the “60 Minutes” episode taking it to another level.

DeSantis has, rightly, been fierce in defending his record, but never gives the sense, as Trump often did, that fighting with the media is a good thing in its own right, over and above any substantive considerations.

Trump may decide to run again in 2024 and blot out the sun, and DeSantis has to win reelection in 2022.

He would perhaps be the only major candidate in 2024 holding an executive office, while his governing record would, in theory, allow him to appeal not just to the hardcore, but also to the key category of “somewhat conservative” voters in GOP primaries.


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