Mitt Romney rips Ron DeSantis for lack of ‘warmth’
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DeSantis early state AP
'He looks like he's got a toothache.'

A former Republican presidential nominee is offering an uncharitable assessment of Ron DeSantis’ performance thus far as a 2024 candidate.

In his new book, U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah savaged the Florida Governor, suggesting the Governor is a bad retail politician with a penchant for authoritarianism reminiscent of that displayed by former President Donald Trump.

All the quotes come from McKay Coppins’ upcoming biography of the Senator, entitled “Romney: a Reckoning.”

“There’s just no warmth at all,” goes Romney’s initial read of the Governor.

DeSantis is betting a lot of chips on Iowa, having moved a third of his staff to the state. But according to Romney, there’s a good reason the Florida Governor hasn’t gotten as much traction as some might have expected, given that he’s doing the “Full Grassley” and visiting every county in the state.

“He looks like he’s got a toothache,” Romney said, describing the Governor’s “selfies” with Hawkeye State voters.

Romney, who famously has clashed with Trump for years, suggests that any gap between the former President and the Florida Governor is a distinction without a difference when it comes to political philosophy.

“He’s much smarter than Trump … You might point out, ‘Mitt, DeSantis is real smart — do you want an authoritarian who’s smart or one who’s not smart?’ … I realize there’s a peril to having someone who’s smart and pulling in a direction that’s dangerous,” Romney told Coppins.

Romney got the Republican nomination on his second try, securing it in 2012 after falling short in 2008. Ironically, polling suggests that DeSantis may have a better shot in a future cycle. The 45-year-old Governor is down by 44 points (57% to 13%) against Trump, in an average of national polls of Republican Primary voters on The Race to the White House website.

For its part, the DeSantis War Room has mocked Romney’s read of their client.

“Romney warns that Ron DeSantis is ‘dangerous’ and ‘authoritarian,’ presumably because he has enacted conservative policy instead of just talking about it,” read a post on the group’s X account.

It’s worth noting that they made no counterargument to Romney’s assertion that when it comes to retail politics, DeSantis is a stiff.

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


  • Tom

    October 19, 2023 at 10:10 am

    Pretty much nailed that description – looks like he’s got a toothache 🙂

  • Earl Pitts "The Earl Of Politics" American

    October 19, 2023 at 10:19 am

    This America is the sign we have been waiting for. “For low and behold it is prophisied in scripture of olden times that the lowley fool prince (Romney) shall speak ill of the great leader to come (Desantis)”.
    “Let this be a sign, America, to relaxith thine sphincter secure in the knowledge the great leader (Desantis) will lead us out of the bondage shackled upon us by the evil Dook 4 Brains Lefties “.
    Thank you America,
    The Earl of Politics

    • JD

      October 19, 2023 at 11:34 am

      STFU Shitts for Brains, EarL with the big “L” for LOSER.

      Romney is the last real Republican in your GOP RINO clown car of extremists. And it’s why he’s getting off that ride.

    • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

      October 19, 2023 at 2:10 pm

      Shoot yourself today.

    • rick whitaker

      October 20, 2023 at 9:01 pm


  • Michael K

    October 19, 2023 at 10:21 am

    Finally, a truthful assessment of the Florida governor by someone who knows better than most what he’s talking about. Good to see Romney unleashed – clearly disgusted by the moral degradation of what was formerly known as the Republican party.

    • Earl Pitts "The Earl Of Politics" American

      October 20, 2023 at 10:23 am

      Thank you Mike,
      You have always been one of my most ardant supporters.
      Earl Pitts American

      • rick whitaker

        October 20, 2023 at 9:03 pm


  • SteveHC

    October 19, 2023 at 10:34 am

    “Romney warns that Ron DeSantis is ‘dangerous’ and ‘authoritarian,’ presumably because he has enacted conservative policy instead of just talking about it,” read a post on the group’s X account.” – Quote from DeSantis War Room. I guess the morons over there don’t think that authoritarianism or autocracy is dangerous to American democracy, perhaps because they and DeSantis are anti-American to begin with.

    • Earl Pitts "The Earl Of Politics" American

      October 20, 2023 at 10:30 am

      Good mornting Steve,
      Review of your rant (above) has opened an investigation by The Earl Pitts American Fan Club internal affairs division to determine if you joined under false pretenses and may be a Dook 4 Brains Leftist plant intent upon back-stabbing The Fan Club.
      Earl Pitts Anericab

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        October 20, 2023 at 9:04 pm



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  • Confederation Of Christians

    October 19, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Christians just aren’t satisfied with anything and here is another example; Ron just isn’t happy at all.

    • MH/Duuuval

      October 19, 2023 at 2:31 pm

      The Christians I know personally in north Florida are mostly nice, friendly folk, trustworthy and kind. The problem they have is their belief in Biblical inerrancy, which opens the door to jack-leg (self–aggrandizing) preachers who claim superior knowledge of the Bible — and can lead the flock astray by making Eternal Damnation the alternative to interpretation coming down from the pulpit.

  • My Take

    October 19, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    All in all I think the alien space monsters did a pretty impressive job with their Biobot “DeSSantis” for destroying the internal cohesion of Eatth’s last superpower. Sure, they should have made “him’ a bit taller, with better smile design and voice box, but still quite impressive for a beta version. It is not suprising that their biggest challenge would be in programming normal human personality and such things as manners including table manners. Purplish tentacled three-eyed hive thinkers have no natural feel for those things of course.

  • PeterH

    October 19, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    A once rising star ….. now a fallen has been! I could be talking about either candidate!

  • Sandy

    October 19, 2023 at 7:44 pm

    Mitt is a moron and was to soft to win a softball game. Maybe that’s what he should stick to.

  • Leonard

    October 20, 2023 at 8:13 am

    Romney is the original “ice man”…utterly lacking in warmth and compassion. He has no principles and would say or do anything to get elected…so his assessment of DeSantis is meaningless. We don’t need this self-righteous RINO weighing in on the Presidential race.

  • Lex

    October 20, 2023 at 8:36 am

    When I think of Mitt Romney, I think “Warmth”…not. Mitt had his chance. Mitt was unable to win a National Election. Mitt seems to be really quick to tell people who he doesn’t like, but who does he like? Mitt is barely a Republican, but he is squarely not in the same wing of the party as Trump or Desantis. There are a lot of wings in the Republican party. The Democrat party only seems to have Communists. Considering that Mitt is in the closest wing of the Republican party to the Democrats, that makes Mitt… almost a Communist. Who listens to Mitt in the Republican party?

    • Earl Pitts "Whos Your Daddy" American

      October 20, 2023 at 5:49 pm

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      • Earl Pitts "Whos Your Daddy" American

        October 20, 2023 at 6:06 pm

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        October 20, 2023 at 9:07 pm


  • My Take

    October 20, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    An alternative* theory is some soŕt of DeSSankenstein.
    *”Alternate” for the homeschooled GOPers.

  • rick whitaker

    October 20, 2023 at 9:08 pm


    • MH/Duuuval

      October 21, 2023 at 9:47 am

      Give credit where it is due: Mitt while Gov. of Mass. signed off on early version of Obamacare. Since then, he hasn’t done a whole lot though he did stand vs. Trump on a number of occasions. Which always beings out the Trump worshippers.

  • My Take

    October 22, 2023 at 9:52 am

    Cold-blooded, and spineless too (against Trump).
    A lower order of beast.

  • My Take

    October 22, 2023 at 10:15 am

    Not only lack of warmth, but lack of fire.
    His daily delivery of denunciations are prattle, not hellfire.
    Hè seems a dull lad in this area. But no surprise. It involves human interacrion. Apparently an alien realm with him.

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