Gov. DeSantis invokes ‘Top Gun’ in contending he doesn’t poll test issues

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'A leader needs to understand where "true north" is.'

Public polls abound on Gov. Ron DeSantis regarding everything from his popularity to his presidential prospects. Yet the Governor continues to say he doesn’t poll issues, and this time around, he invoked a summer blockbuster film to make his point.

DeSantis said he made the decision “that when I became Governor, you know what, I’m not doing polling.”

DeSantis made the comments Tuesday at the Florida American Legion Boys State Program, contending he would not be “one of those politicians that just has their finger in the wind, that’s so worried about kind of this or that.”

“Responding to polls is being a follower,” DeSantis said. “It’s not being a leader.”

DeSantis bemoaned polling as a “static analysis,” before suggesting a push poll may be more useful.

“What I need to do is if I embark on an initiative, and I explain what I’m doing, and I’m successful in doing it, then what would the results be in the room?” DeSantis said.

“Too many politicians, they get paralyzed by these polls,” he continued. “A leader needs to understand where ‘true north’ is. You know, have you guys seen ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘? The Navy, like, we always know where true north is, these ships are out there, you’ve got these planes landing on the carrier, the jets,” DeSantis said, calling their efforts “really impressive.”

At a June 9 press conference in Fort Walton Beach, DeSantis warmed up the crowd by asking if they’d gone to see “the latest iteration of ‘Top Gun.'”

“I have not seen it. I’ve heard really good things about it. Has anybody seen it?”

Members of the crowd cheered in delight.

“I do want to see it at some point. I think it’s just, you know, it’s like any movie that’s not, like, overwhelmingly woke can actually appeal to normal people,” DeSantis said.

It’s unclear if the Governor has seen the film yet, but his campaign’s marketing team is pushing the tribute merchandise.

The black-and-white T-shrirts ($30), posters ($25), and koozies (two for $15) from the Governor’s re-election campaign are the latest in a series of creative marketing offerings from his team.

“Our Freedom First Agenda is at full throttle. Governor Ron DeSantis is on a mission to defend Florida from the Brandon administration’s unending failures,” the copy reads. “In Florida, we have a Top Gov — and we plan to keep it that way.”

For DeSantis, the brand synergy is a convenient narrative hook even if he never sees the film. DeSantis was a commissioned U.S. Navy JAG Officer, deployed in the global war on terror as an advisor to a U.S. Navy SEAL Commander in support of the SEAL mission in Iraq, where he earned a Bronze Star.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • David in Shoreline

    June 21, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    I like the Top Gov designation for DeSantis. But what movie do we use to describe the Biden Administration? Dumb and Dumber, Apocalypse Now, Forest Gump (stupid is as stupid does…)?

    • Bill

      June 22, 2022 at 12:10 pm

      I’d say Weekend at Bernies but … he’s still better than trump.

  • Tom

    June 22, 2022 at 6:57 am

    Love it David from Shoreline!
    Too good, funny, LMAO.
    Welcome in, I’ve noticed you sharing of late.
    Please do so more. These dumb ass Manchurians are pathetic.

    America’s Gov is the best! Real leader of men, women. Saved Florida from blue state tyrants. On the side of the peeps of Florida. Economy is sizzling, 3.0% unemployment. All sectors growing. Do for America what he’s done for Florida. Rising tide for all, not a few like Biden/Harris.

  • TJC

    June 22, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    That’s right, you can always count on DeSantis to show you where true north is. Just about every time he talks lately — denying White House ambitions, denying Covid death rates in Florida, belittling children whose sexual orientation offends him — you can watch him bend way over backwards, more and more, until his head is just under his ass…and then…up goes the head right up his ass! True north!

    • Tom

      June 22, 2022 at 7:46 pm

      TJC Yes, on the day that the chosen, entitled one was indicted, Gillium you have the pathetic nerve to talk that way. Obama’s second, so he thought.

      It galls you Dum tard bastards that DeSantis is central casting, well
      educated and a brilliant whiz kid.
      Confronted a 100 yr pandemic and has been confirmed with the right stuff to address it.

      You pathetic bastards find anything you can to ridicule and try to destroy anyone.

      DeSantis saved Florida even for the wretched ones like yourself and the rest of Manchurian nation. They talk about him for POTUS against Biden/Harris, is Xanax med for all of you.

      He is clearly the best Governor in the country, America’s Gov. he is.

      His accomplishments are endless.
      But he doesn’t fondle women like Cuomo. Or write book for $5 million on dead Covid people.

      Go shove up your pie hole you pathetic puke. You manchurians are getting your ass kicked in November, in Florida and nationally. Chameleon or Fraud, no chance.

      LMAO, America’s Gov, rising tide for all, not a few like Biden/Harris.

    • Tom

      June 22, 2022 at 8:25 pm

      TJC, it galls you and your Manchurian nation that America’s Gov wipes the floor with you and your tribe.

      On the day your past savior is indicted you have a disgusting beak down.
      Get use to it, America’s Gov has the right stuff. Didn’t you cry we weren’t $21 billion in financial reserves? You are full of Adam Schiff!

      Big win coming in Nov. for Gov, Marco and Repub. nationally. Enjoy.

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