On ‘Full Grassley’ tour, Ron DeSantis casts himself as a red wave catalyst

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His Florida record supports the idea. But his national standing suggests otherwise.

Gov. Ron DeSantis naturally doesn’t want a blue Congress for his hypothetical presidency and, while touring the Hawkeye State, he’s making the pitch to voters that he has what it takes to create a red wave, describing himself as the “rising tide” that “lifts all boats.”

DeSantis, a Republican presidential contender, last week visited three more counties in Iowa, meaning he’s now 16 counties shy of completing the ‘Full Grassley’ tour. His message to the state’s voters — who enjoy heightened influence because of the front loaded primary caucuses — as he rounds out the tour? Trust me, I’ll make Congress red.

“I think with me on the top of the ticket, that’ll provide some positive lift like we did in Florida, and hopefully we’ll be able to expand the House and then recapture the Senate majority,” DeSantis said on a podcast as part of his mission to go “Full Grassley,” named for the campaign feat of visiting all of the Hawkeye State’s 99 counties — something longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley has historically accomplished with frequency.

“It’s not just going to be about me at the top of the ticket,” DeSantis added. “I’m going to work to help all the Republicans up and down the ballot.”

It’s an interesting message from DeSantis. On one hand, as he mentioned, he is credited with energizing Republican voters in Florida and his popularity at home has heralded the death of Florida’s swing state status.

But he hasn’t seemed to catch traction outside of the Sunshine State especially when compared against former President Donald Trump, who some say is responsible for turning the balance of power over to Democrats.

During the interview, DeSantis also seemed to suggest that a Republican President might have some difficulty if Congress remains split or Democrats pick up the House.

“You got to have people in the Legislative Branch that are going to support the agenda,” DeSantis said. “You can’t govern through just executive orders.”

That’s another surprising message, given that DeSantis has framed his candidacy around the idea of a robust Executive Branch and repeatedly called for strong-arm Executive actions. He recently doubled down on his ability to fire DOJ prosecutors, who he believes have been “weaponized” against conservatives like Trump.

He also has a well-established record of testing the limits of his own current Executive power by suspending independently elected officials, for example.

But now he’s downplaying that, and delivering a new message of government coordination.

During the interview, DeSantis spoke of politics being “a team effort” which no doubt surprised many who’ve firsthand felt isolated by DeSantis, whose team-playing abilities aren’t known to extend beyond his time on Yale’s baseball squad.

Perhaps DeSantis knows that Executive power is easier to wield when one party controls the government. That’s something he’s enjoyed for his entire gubernatorial tenure with a GOP-dominated Legislature and Supreme Court padded with Republican appointees, five of whom he’s handpicked.

Danny McAuliffe

Danny is a contributor at floridapolitics.com. He is a graduate of Fordham Law School and Florida State University, where he served as the editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau. Reach him at [email protected].


  • My Take

    October 22, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    The White Man on a White Horse!
    And Gòd’s Chosen Warrior to boot.
    The rubes be bedazzled.

    • Confederation Of Klansmen

      October 23, 2023 at 6:33 am

      The Master Race was a major Fail Army; lost the Civil War and their way of life (slavery).

      Still can’t accept it (Nazis, Klan, Pride Bois, GOP).

      • rick whitaker

        October 24, 2023 at 6:41 am

        christians hate competition

  • rick whitaker

    October 22, 2023 at 6:21 pm

    desantis’ ” hypothetical ” presidency is just that. getting beyond hypothetical is something he can’t do. he can’t even run one state. he can run a state into the ground. desantis doesn’t know that the majority of this country see him in a very negative way. aholes like desantis are despised by real people.

  • My Take

    October 22, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    Will the Pratt tape(?) help DeSScamtis?
    Did Melania strut in the bikini?

  • My Take

    October 22, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    Maybe she sashayed.

  • Kenny D

    October 23, 2023 at 2:11 am

    Get this through your head Ronny D. You only exist in Florida because of Trump. That’s the only reason. Without Trump, you, personally are nothing as a candidate. Time to drop out.

  • wake up yall

    October 23, 2023 at 7:43 am

    Like a rising tide as when your toilet overflows after a too big load of crap and a bloody stool to boot!

  • My Take

    October 23, 2023 at 10:45 am

    DeSSgustus is a more a red tide catalyst.

  • Joe

    October 23, 2023 at 11:43 am

    Sorry Tiny D, but you can’t gerrymander the entire country like your cronies did in Florida. Bye!

  • rick whitaker

    October 24, 2023 at 8:22 am

    desantis PLEASE stay in iowa. joni ernst needs help cutting hog balls off.

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