The process leading up to the 2024 U.S. presidential campaign is going to be exciting. First, no one is certain that the worst president in U.S. history will attempt to win a second consecutive term. Joe Biden has been such an abysmal failure; his own party doesn’t want him to be the Democrat’s nominee.
But after Biden, the stable of possible Democrat presidential contenders doesn’t have anyone with a remote chance of exciting the party base. But that’s not the case with the Republican side of the ticket. There are already three announced candidates for the Republican nomination. One of those is the clear frontrunner.
It’s the former president, Donald Trump. After having the previous presidential election stolen from him, President Trump feels he is primed to retake the White House. Many experts believe he has a solid chance of doing just that. The other two announced candidates don’t appear to have any shot at overtaking the most popular member of the Republican Party.
There really aren’t any other names in the Republican stable that have much of a perceivable chance of beating President Trump, except for one. That man is successful Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. But Governor DeSantis has yet to announce his candidacy. Most believe it’s not a case of if he’ll run, but when he’ll announce.
If President Trump’s comments directed at the successful governor are any indication of his feelings, the former president is convinced Ron DeSantis will be his most formidable foe. President Trump has already given the governor his own unique nickname: Ron “DeSanctimonious.”
But DeSantis, with a coolness quality that doesn’t always seem part of the former president’s personality, just shrugs off the attention. Since he hasn’t officially announced his intention to run for president, the Florida governor seems quietly resigned to not engage. With President Trump’s ability to shred his opponents, it’s probably a good idea.
Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped the former president from continuing to be on the offensive. Despite DeSantis chastising the Manhattan DA, who is bent on indicting President Trump, the fiery former president dismissed DeSantis’ comments. In fact, the leading Republican candidate for the 2024 nomination threw another shot across the bow!
President Trump made some “not-so-subtle comments,” about potential scandals that could surface about DeSantis. Trump posted, “Ron DeSanctimonious will probably find out about FALSE ACCUSATIONS & FAKE STORIES sometime in the future, as he gets older, wiser, and better known, when he’s unfairly and illegally attacked by a woman, even by classmates that are ‘underage’ (or possibly a man!)”
That’s a rather bizarre way to accept support for a fight against liberal corruption. But that’s the playbook President Trump has used and used successfully. But will it work this election cycle? Is Ron DeSantis the right man to go toe-to-toe with in a battle of words? Every political expert acknowledges that President Trump is one of the best in history at winning such battles.
However, he’s potentially going to face someone far different from any other. DeSantis is as intelligent as they come. He will not be tricked into a senseless battle of slurs. There’s also not a lot of ammunition to attack how the Florida governor’s policies work. He has laid the foundation for success.
Continuing to hurl little league catcalls across the diamond at the opposing dugout may prove futile this time around. Ron DeSantis, no baseball reference intended, was one, a ballplayer that is. President Trump needs to be cautious because good baseball players respond to little league catcalls by smacking the ball out of the park.