In the past year, there are a good number of politicians that have been getting what in effect counts as their auditions for if they ever wanted to run for higher office.
Adversity often introduces us to the qualities that people truly possess and they can often show us who isn’t really up to the challenge. Much in the same way that running into money or a death in the family shows you who your friends really are.
Our politicians are being judged based on their responses to COVID19, some in different ways than others. A new frontrunner for the GOP Presidential nomination in 2024 has appeared in the form of a Governor who chose a very different path in managing the coronavirus. Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida
“Gov. DeSantis decided not to lock down like most other states or enforce a state-wide mask mandate. This decision allowed businesses in Florida to flourish and schools to stay open all the while having better results than states such as California and New York who have had some of the strictest lockdowns which resulted in the tanking of their economies.”
It’s not only Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA saying this either, support for the Florida Conservative Republican is coming in from all quarters. And if the Democrats are going to present Gov. Andrew “Under Investigation for Killing 15,000 Seniors” Cuomo of New York as their new ‘Chosen One’ frontrunner for 2024 or 28′ then that isn’t a high bar to beat.
“Ron DeSantis is having a moment with conservatives,” said Josh Holmes, a top adviser to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. “Part of this is liberals tried to cast this in the yin-and-yang comparison with Cuomo … It’s policy and it’s partly stylistic, the way he handles the news media and his blue-collar appeal.
Early on in the pandemic, both Newsom and Cuomo won national praise for their handling of the pandemic while DeSantis was panned for his more economy-focused and laissez-faire approach — one closely aligned with Donald Trump’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. Now conservatives are relishing the contrast and holding up DeSantis as an example of effective governance.