Karl Rove rips Ron DeSantis’ ‘missed opportunity’
Karl Rove. Image via AP.

'There was a big black blob on Twitter.'

Karl Rove is joining the chorus of critics of Ron DeSantis’ shambolic campaign launch.

“They decided to go for the novelty, and the novelty didn’t work out,” Rove said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom.”

Rove described the glitch-ridden kickoff on Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk as a “missed opportunity.”

“If you look at the coverage, they’re spending a lot of time talking about the missteps on Twitter,” Rove said. “Every word spent talking about the technical difficulties in getting that launched is a word not spent talking about his message.”

The malaise with the medium, Rove added, marred the “message” of: “Look at what I’ve done in Florida.”

“I’ve taken on ‘woke,’ I’ve taken on education. I’ve boosted the economy. I’ve handled COVID. Well, I can take the same skills and successes in Florida and take them to the national stage,” Rove said, seemingly paraphrasing what would have been a more successful and conventional kickoff message.

Rove noted that the technical issues were the story.

“We’re spending less time talking on that and more time about, ‘Well, Twitter, how did that all work out?'”

While Rove thought it was “actually fine” to “go do it on Twitter,” he noted that the venue cheated supporters out of a more tangible experience they expected.

“The first words you want to see out of somebody, you want to see them. And it was not until he went on (Fox News) with Trey Gowdy that we got to see him. There was a big black blob on Twitter,” Rove added.

“People like to see who they’re contemplating to be their nominee and their President and it took a while to get there.”

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Big Black Blob

    May 25, 2023 at 9:31 am

    Ron DeSantis sure lost this battle in his widdle war on woke.
    Ron DeFeated by a Big Black Blob.

  • Puddin' Time

    May 25, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Ron’s launch was scheduled for Puddin’ Time, and that is why the Twitter feed was cut.

  • Dear Rhonda

    May 25, 2023 at 9:37 am

    Dear Rhonda, key word for next time you try anything tech related: Redundancy.

    Twitter TV was fine to try, but you should have had friendly TV coverage too just in case of, you know, “technical issues” (aka pissed off Twitter employees. Who could have seen that coming LOL)

    Given the lack of friendly TV coverage, one might infer you have zero friends in TV. Does Mrs Rhonda really hate you that much?

  • Rob Desantos

    May 25, 2023 at 11:04 am

    HA ha!

  • Lynda

    May 25, 2023 at 11:31 am

    It is a low bar to reach, however after four years of trump incompetence, the least a presidential candidate can do is able to produce a trouble-free “launch” of his candidacy. After all he has been “running” for years.

    The video I saw showed 682,000 users trying to see the twitter launch; it went down to just over 100,000 before the “twitter tech” worked. The USA has millions more voters than the twitter feed could handle.

    Lessons learned 1) Do a dress rehearsal of the launch. 2) Focus candidate launch on what the candidate can do for average voters, not for a single weird billionaire (Musk).

    Ron deSantis has been a fascist governor in FL with a rubber stamp MAGA-Republican legislature. A six week time line for an abortion ignores all medical knowledge and causes deaths among women as well as injuring their future fertility.

    The Education policies instituted by deSantis and his wholly owned legislature are as harmful as his “no mask/no vax COVID policies. The surgeon general picked by deSantis is not respected by his peers or other authorities; he is a criminal involved with the deaths of Floridians.

    Allowing one or two so-called parents to eliminate books, poems and other reading material in schools for all the children is a stupid policy which creates more opposition than it satisfies. Let the objecting parents pull their one child from class/library when material they are fearful of is the subject of a lesson. Let that child be the one isolated because of parental interference.

    The launch of Ron deSantis’s candidacy is a good indication of his skills to be president. Stop Ron from tainting the rest of the USA with his GQP fantasies.

    • Rubber Stampede

      May 25, 2023 at 12:40 pm

      Those rubber stamp MAGA-Republican legislators mean Ron DeSantis, despite being in their second term as Governor of the third most populous state in the USA, has ZERO real political experience. And they want to be President. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so shockingly frightening. Even Trump’s highly questionable four years in D.C. count more as political experience than Ron DeSantis Governorship does.

  • MH/Duuuval

    May 25, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    Due respect to the above comments: Message received. Ron has taken over Trump’s former primary source of getting out the word. And, the vast (yuge) number of folks wanting to elbow their way into the moment caused the network to crash. Trump never did that.

  • Lex

    May 26, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    The problem is more that you have a media that will always focus on a minor flub instead of the substance being talked about, especially when it comes to Republicans. Rove should do better than throw blame at any Republican when the true issue is with the media itself.

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