DeSantis Heading to New York to Pitch Donors for Battle Against Trump
Governor Ron DeSantis has been moving in the wrong direction in polling ever since he announced.
He has also been relatively quiet, save a few small moves that backfired on him.
Reports broke this week that DeSantis is going to start making some bigger moves, the first being a trip to Southampton, NY, to talk to big-money GOP donors, reports NewsWav.
Play the Long Game
I have stated to exhaustion that nobody in the GOP can beat Trump in a crowded field, including DeSantis.
Right now, Trump is crushing everyone due to the large field, but DeSantis seems to think all this will play out as the election gets closer.
Most candidates would be in panic mode right now, but DeSantis is giving donors the message that patience will win out and they need to play the long game, not act as though this race is over just because of Trump's lead five months before voting begins.
When asked about Trump's lead and the fact the weaponization of the DOJ against him seems to be driving voters to him, and what he is going to do about it, DeSantis revealed his position.
He stated, "We will end the weaponization of government.
"And that's, of course, a new FBI director on day one. That's the difference from me and Donald Trump. He says the jury's still out on FBI Director Wray. I think you need a new start on day one. We're going to clean house at the Department of Justice."
DeSantis was also asked about a recent hit piece against DeSantis in Politico, where they characterized his campaign as having a "failure to launch," as well as a campaign staffer conceding DeSantis' campaign is well behind right now.
DeSantis responded, "Maria, these are narratives. The media does not want me to be the nominee.
"I think that's very, very clear. Why? Because they know I'll beat Biden.
"But even more importantly, they know that I will actually deliver on all these things.
"We will stop the invasion at the border. We'll take on the drug cartels. We'll curtail the administrative state. We'll get spending under control.
"We'll do all the things that they don't want to see done, and so, they're going to continue doing that type of narrative," reports Fox News.
Do I believe this race will tighten up as we get closer to the first primary day? Yes, I do.
Having said that, again, the ONLY way DeSantis wins is if this contest is head-to-head by the time they get to South Carolina, which will be held in late February. I would even stretch it to say that the field can still be loaded that day, but it must be narrowed down after South Carolina has been completed.
DeSantis does need to be ahead of Trump after South Carolina, but within reach, because the next big date on the Calendar after that is March 5 – Super Tuesday.
If DeSantis somehow manages to stay in touch after Super Tuesday and this is now a heads-up match with Trump, the remainder of the election is DeSantis-friendly, and he could make this very interesting.
History has told us that the polling will look far different in the winter prior to the election than it does in the spring and summer, and expect nothing different this year.
This is still Trump's race to lose, and now DeSantis has to prove otherwise to donors or he will never be able to fight off that machine.