Things are not looking great for Meatball Ron’s chances of being the Republican nominee:
DeSantis has to find an avenue of attack on the former president and actually take the shot, knowing that he could alienate legions of Republican voters in the process. He has to somehow persuade Trump supporters that he could do a better job — more effective and less chaotic — without disparaging Trump to the point where he, DeSantis, is no longer viable. And he has to do all of this before Trump can build steam and roll over him like he did his rivals in the 2016 Republican primary.
The problem for DeSantis is that it might already be too late.
According to a recent Fox News poll, more than 50 percent of Republican voters support Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, compared with 24 percent for Gov. DeSantis. According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, 51 percent of Republican voters support Trump, compared with 40 percent for DeSantis. And according to a recent Morning Consult poll, 52 percent of Republicans support Trump, compared with 26 percent for DeSantis.
To be Scrupulously Fair, it is hard to dispute the underlying premise of most DESANTIS IS HOT coverage: it is hard to imagine a Republican winning a statewide election in a state as unfavorable to Republicans without being some kind of extraordinary political SUPERGENIUS.
Let us dispel with the fiction that Ron DeSantis has a strong chance of being the Republican nominee in 2024.