Last Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis traveled to the state of Iowa for the first time to make his first appearance on the 2024 presidential campaign trail and do something unheard of in the 2024 presidential campaign. A memo about the presidential campaign—he didn’t mention the country’s economy ( jobs and health didn’t happen either).
The absence of these bread-and-butter campaign themes from DeSantis’ speech is symbolic of the larger problem facing the GOP—Republican leaders’ frustrations with extremist members of the party and a deep lack of contact. with the concern of common american
DeSantis instead pours a big chunk of red meat as he focuses on narrow issues of culture war and grievances that are of little interest to most voters.
He complained about the attack on the Walt Disney Company and was allegedly on the agenda. He accused “leftists” of wanting to indoctrinate schoolchildren and boasting about removing critical racial theories from Florida schools. It requires students to spend one day a year learning about the evils of communism and eradicating the “Diversity, Education and Inclusion” (DEI ) initiative from Florida State University.
He called Florida “Fortress of Freedom” during the COVID outbreak for opposing school closures mask specification or a vaccine mandate. “We refused,” DeSantis said, “to put our state into some kind of ‘Faucian dystopia,'” while he also suggested that the COVID vaccine didn’t work. which is the country’s 13th highest death rate per capita)
He spoke strongly about crime and illegal immigration. There is even a credit for using tax money to send 50 immigrants. (which is legally in the country and in Texas, not Florida) to the free fortress of Martha’s Vineyard. He claimed that the army was immediately summoned to deport them. which is not remotely true But that sounds good to conservatives who hate liberals.
at one point He talks about the ban “Zuckerbucks” from Florida Campaign I follow politics closely. And I don’t know what this means. Turns out, it’s another suspicion about nonprofits on the far right. Just as Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg received funding for elections.
If you spend six to eight hours a day watching Fox News, these GOP talking points should sound familiar. But the average American tends to leave it blank. Or they will disagree with Florida’s governor.
for example DeSantis’ Incessant Attacks on “Awakening” in January’s Opening Speech He called Florida And in Iowa, he said he was working to pass legislation that would create
And according to the latest Ipsos report/USA Today In a survey, 56 percent of Americans had a positive association with the word “awake” and understood it to mean “acknowledged, educated.” and awareness of social injustice.” Only 39 percent had a negative connotation with the term. For hardcore conservatives, “woke” is a four-letter word. But not for the rest of the country.
And for all of DeSantis’ attacks on Disney, the company is more popular than the Florida governor in his own state. A November 2022 poll showed 55 percent of Disney in favor, compared to just 38 percent of respondents in favor of DeSantis.
But even if Americans are aware of DeSantis’ complaint list, they don’t seem to mind. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 29% of Americans and 43% of Republicans said inflation was the most pressing issue facing the nation. DeSantis didn’t mention it in Iowa.
While DeSantis loves to brag about its history with COVID-19, his in Florida President Biden’s handling of the pandemic is an issue he best explores. In Iowa, DeSantis says public health experts are wrong about “Efficacy of MRNA jabs,” which is an indirect way of questioning the efficacy of a COVID vaccine. (These comments also contrast with his call for Floridians to be vaccinated for the first time.)
DeSantis’ rant about his lax attitude toward protecting Americans from a virus that has killed more than 1.1 million Americans may be catnip in a conservative fever swamp. But it rarely gets the presidential campaign messages. In fact, even now. Three years after the epidemic and after the battle over vaccine mandates has waned. Most Americans support that requirement.
Another thing that’s clear in this regard is DeSantis’ focus on the Republican presidency. And it’s all important to win over the most conservative voters. And although that certainly matters at close range. But a winning presidential candidate needs to create a campaign message that resonates with their core supporters. But it also has broad appeal.
DeSantis has the first part – the second not so much.
In fact, in Iowa, he did his best to belittle and annihilate his political opponents. because nowadays The only thing Republicans love more than their disdain for law and order. Beating migrants and attacks on Dr. Fauci are discrediting” the left.
last month We saw this issue being brought to the forum at the national level at the Union address. President Joe Biden used his speech to Congress and the American public to talk about healthcare, job creation and savings on junk fees from credit card companies, airlines and perhaps the most hated private company—Ticketmaster.
meanwhile In response to the GOP, Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed the “awakening crowd” and warned that Americans must fight liberals calling for “a wake-up call.” “We must participate in their rituals. respect their national flag and worship their false idols… While the big government conspires with Big Tech to take away most of what Americans have. That is your freedom of speech.”
The agenda misplaced by the GOP is still evident in the country’s legislature. Because Republicans have almost given up on banning sex therapy for transgender children. Or ban the most egregious public performances…drag children’s performances.
In Florida, in addition to new restrictions on what can be taught at public universities. (Similar legislation has already led to a ban on books in state elementary schools.) Republicans could pass a six-week ban on abortions and allow state residents to carry concealed firearms. Neither law was overwhelmingly popular. even among Florida residents But it has the support of the most extreme and vocal GOP members, and for DeSantis, that was enough.
On Capitol Hill, most members of the new GOP House are more focused on Twitter, Hunter Biden, and the meaningless resolutions condemning socialism than tableware issues Americans really care about.
The irony is that while Republicans like to paint Democrats as disconnected elites trapped in a liberal bubble. Up and down the Azela Corridor This accusation applies to them much better. Republicans are increasingly stuck in conservative echo chambers, obsessed with divisive cultural issues and “owning libs.”
It seems the GOP only knows how to talk to their supporters. and for the rest of America They may also be able to speak foreign languages.
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