No matter how you slice it, only one candidate can survive the potential “Steel Cage” political death-match brewing in Florida between three Republicans: Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida passes bill prohibiting social media companies from banning politicians Allowing a racist slur against Tim Scott to trend confirms social media’s activist bias The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden launches blitz for jobs plan with ‘thank you, Georgia’ MORE and Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate Intel vows to ‘get to the bottom’ of ‘Havana syndrome’ attacks Bipartisan Senate group calls for Biden to impose more sanctions on Myanmar junta Schumer waiting for recommendation on Supreme Court expansion MORE and Rick Scott. It’s a highly anticipated WWE-like event of epic proportions that assumes current Florida resident Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVenezuela grants house arrest for six jailed US oil execs Newsmax apologizes to Dominion Voting Systems employee Federal search warrant on Giuliani sought contacts with Ukrainian officials: report MORE will not run for president in 2024.
Of course, one never truly knows when it comes to Trump. There was the bizarre recent news report by Business Insider in which a Trump “adviser” declared that the former president “has lost 15 pounds since he left the White House.” One “veteran Republican strategist” told the publication: “I think there’s an extra 10 percent to 15 percent chance he runs if he lost 20 pounds.”
Did you hear that, you 81 million Americans who voted against Trump? You’re his losing five more pounds away from your worst nightmare. If you truly love your country, you might want to think about getting together to crowdfund a donut shop near the entrance to the grounds of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
Leaving that “Mirror, mirror on the wall” scenario aside, I am in the camp that believes Trump will not run for president again, choosing instead to try to influence various elections — including the 2024 presidential election — either from behind the walls of his palatial estate, on the campaign trail, or from some yet-to-be-created conservative social media platform.
If that’s the case, it leaves the state of Florida wide open for DeSantis, Rubio and Scott to duke it out.
Right now, the smart money is on DeSantis — first, because of the way he performed as governor during the COVID-19 pandemic, a response recently praised by even left-leaning Bill Maher on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”; and second, because that response significantly raised DeSantis’s national profile in a positive way.
In some critically important ways, it can be argued that the most consequential election of our current time was not Joe BidenJoe BidenWill Seattle officials use the same lawsuit defense they want to take away from police? Taliban warns of attacks on US troops after withdrawal deadline under Trump deal passes Pandemic inspector general blasts DOJ memo, urges Congress to clarify mandate MORE’s barely breaking the finish-line tape ahead of a badly damaged Trump, who had been vilified for months by the most powerful megaphones of our nation — the…