Ron DeSantis confronts ‘inevitability thing’ in race against Donald Trump

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The Governor is coming to terms with the GOP being Trump's party.

Nearly four decades ago, the then-current Vice President George H.W. Bush made the phrase “vision thing” famous when he was discussing his impending presidential campaign.

In 2024, Ron DeSantis coined a remarkably similar phrase during an interview on Fox News, in which the Republican presidential candidate was pressed repeatedly about why his once-hyped campaign underperformed in key Iowa.

DeSantis said “a lot of voters were resigned” to the former President not being able to be defeated.

“They did kind of buy into the inevitability argument. And I think that’s part of the reason why the turnout was so low because I think that they just said, ‘You know, well, why go out and do it if (Donald) Trump is running away with it?'” the Governor told Neil Cavuto.

During the same interview, DeSantis sounded almost like a Trump surrogate in describing how Nikki Haley had no hope in New Hampshire, where the Governor is campaigning Friday despite being around 5% in recent tracking polls.

“The reality is that she’s not going to be able to be competitive with Donald Trump on the ground here. That’s clear from talking to voters,” DeSantis said, after spending roughly a minute complaining about being outspent and how a “lot of trees are being killed” for mail pieces on her behalf.

“Trump will run away with it in New Hampshire. I think that that’s pretty clear at this point. He’s got the momentum from Iowa and I don’t think anyone thinks that she can beat Trump in her home state of South Carolina.”

It’s unclear, however, who thinks DeSantis can win South Carolina besides his consultants. The two most recent polls of the Palmetto State found the Governor in single digits, with Trump north of 60%.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Disappearing DeSantis

    January 19, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    Gone like a fart in the wind 💨

    • Tom

      January 20, 2024 at 9:54 am

      Unfortunately, Florida is downwind of him. He’ll be back soon enough and it will definitely stink. It’s not the smell I mind, it’s the burning in my eyes.

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    January 19, 2024 at 8:00 pm

    Good evening America,
    Kathern called and asked me, Earl Pitts American, if I recomended she fire Clay and Buck for not discussing the Sage Plan to put Ron & The Beautiful Casey in the White House for the next 8 years.
    I told her no that Don, Rush, Earl, and Ron worked out our Sage Plan just prior to the Presidental Medal of Honor.
    Clay and Buck have been made aware of The Sage Plan and will discuss it on-air when the time is right.
    So in closing everyone is advised that “We Got This” we are doing all the hard work.
    Your job is to vote for Ron when The Sage Plan takes effect just prior to “Election Day”.
    At this time all Sage Patriots are aurthorized to “Relax Your Sphincters”.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American
    *you will know when The Sage Plan goes into motion and you will vote DeSantis*
    *Earl Is Back Back Again Earl Is Back Tell A Friend*

    • Speechless Earl

      January 20, 2024 at 5:01 am

      “Kathern “?

    • JD

      January 20, 2024 at 8:03 am

      Shitts, as you spew more bullsh!t and lies, refect on this:

      Thinking about Rush Limbaugh and how, now that he is dead, you never hear about him. No one mentions anything he did.

      Because what he did had no value. It contributed nothing to the culture. Nothing of lasting value.

      He just made anger. Every day. Rising, blooming and fading like a fart.

      Then he died and was instantly replaced by a fleet of little replicas, farting fake fury five days a week. Creating nothing of interest or value to anyone.

      Seriouly what an awful way to make living fake EarL (with the big “L” for LOSER like DESANTIS), the Chinese Paid Social media account run by Xtina.

      • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

        January 20, 2024 at 9:34 am

        Good Mornting “NON-BELIVERS” JD & SPEECHLESS,
        I, Earl Pitts American, thank you both for crying out from the darkness of the “Lost World of Dook 4 Brains Leftism” for my, Earl Pitts American’s, Sage Assistance.
        All you need do to bring “Peace, Joy, Truth, Justice, and The American Way” into your tortured souls is to clear your minds of all “Leftist Dookism” by the simple act of slowley re-reading my, Earl Pitts American’s, “Sage Post of Wisdom” above (the one you both are reaching out for help on).
        Then pay extra close attention to “The Sage Cure” for your addiction to “Evil Leftism”. You both likely just scanned my wisdom and made a snap judgement to post your “Dis-Respect of Earl” rather than cureing yourselves from your “Leftist Media Induced Mental Illness”.
        You both missed my “Sage Orders” to “Relax Your Sphincters” so you two just go sit on the pot, relax your sphinctets” and bare whitness to the “Smelly Leftist Dook” leaving your brains and experience the “Sage Freedom” of turning into an “Instant Sage Patriot” free of the dibilating effects of “Media Induced Dook 4 Brains Leftism”.
        IN CLOSING:
        Thank you, JD & SPEECHLESS, for both volunterally taking “THE SAGE CURE” and best of all – from this moment on you two are free to “Identify” as “Sage American Patriots”.
        Thanks again you two,
        Earl Pitts American
        *Warning: Now that you are both clean, cured, patriots be aware that members of the opposite sex will start hitting on both of you immedieatly and you will either be getting or giving up the sweet poon on the regular. It’s just an added (sweet poon) bonus of you two “New Patriots” having taken “The Sage Cleansing Cure.* EPA

        • New Patriot

          January 20, 2024 at 10:13 am

          Thanks Earl,
          I took the sage cure this morning earlier and had an extra heavy evacuation of media induced leftism like you said would happen. Soonly following my neighbor knocked on the door asking to borrow a cup of sugar. One thing lead to another. Needless to say Im texting this message while hitting the poon. Thanks for the best day of my life, Tommy New patriot

        • JD

          January 20, 2024 at 10:46 am

          Good Morning, EarL Shitts American (with that infamous large L for LOSER)

          It’s fascinating to witness such an unyielding confidence in one’s ‘Sage Wisdom,’ yet it seems that your understanding of debate is as shallow as your grasp of ‘Leftist Dookism.’ It’s easy to concoct a villainous image of left-leaning ideologies when you’re ensconced in the echo chamber of your own making, but let’s dismantle this facade with a dose of reality, shall we?

          First, the notion that leftism is inherently ‘evil’ is a tiresome binary that serves no purpose but to deepen the chasms of division. The political spectrum is not a simplistic moral battleground but a complex landscape where ideas must be scrutinized and tested, not dismissed with a derogatory snort.

          Second, your ‘cure’ is not a panacea; it’s an invitation to ignorance. You suggest that one must only read your words to be enlightened, yet you fail to engage with any substantive argument. Instead, you resort to ad hominem attacks, reducing your opponents to caricatures suffering from a ‘media-induced mental illness.’ This does not foster constructive dialogue; it hinders it.

          Lastly, the insinuation that one’s political stance affects their appeal to the opposite sex is not just irrelevant, it’s laughably archaic. In the realm of discourse, one’s arguments should stand on their merit, not on baseless claims about personal life or attractiveness.

          True wisdom lies in the ability to listen, understand, and respond with cogent arguments. Perhaps it’s time to step out of the ideological fortress you’ve built and engage with the world as it is, not as you imagine it to be in your ‘sage’ fantasies.

          In closing, the only ‘dook’ here seems to be the one clouding your ability to engage in meaningful conversation. One would hope that in the future, your posts would rise above the mire of condescension and into the realm of actual debate.

          A Fervent Advocate for Reason, JD

          • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

            January 20, 2024 at 12:31 pm

            Thanks again, JD, dont loose hope as there are many “Cures” to the “Dook 4 Brains Leftism” which you are aflicted with.
            So lets see now ….. the sphincter relaxation therapy did not help you …. relax, JD, the next “Step-Up To The Sage Cure” will work for sure. Its a simple “bobbing” of the brain procedure that works every time. While we cant conduct the simple and effective “bobbing” procedure in medical facilities any longer (due to some stupid Presidential “Pen and Phone” exectuvie orders) there is good news. I’ve converted the storage shed out back to a state of the art medical facility and we can cure you there.
            Best of all, JD, my assistant is a fetching lady which loves to do her majic in that “Head Nurse” uniform you have enjoyed at countless of batchlor parties since time inmemorial.
            Thanks again, JD, we can get you in and out next weekend with “The Sage Cure”.
            Earl Pitts “Part-Time Brain Gain-of-Function Expert” American

      • My Take

        January 21, 2024 at 9:33 am

        “Thinking about Rush Limbaugh and how, now that he is dead, you never hear about him. No one mentions anything he did.”
        Crossed my mind too.

  • Keith Richards

    January 19, 2024 at 8:25 pm

    Earl, America bends its knee in gratefull gratitude to you for allowing all patriots to relax our sphincters in these troubled times of political trumoil.

    • Speechless Earl

      January 20, 2024 at 5:02 am

      Shhhhh, dumb Brit

  • MH/Duuuval

    January 19, 2024 at 10:30 pm

    Now Dee’s life takes a soap-opera tangent. Back to Fla., a loser, and then figuring out how to kill time until 2028.

  • Michael K

    January 19, 2024 at 10:33 pm

    He does not play well outside of north Florida – (lower Alabama). One of the worst campaigns in modern history – they burnt through $130 million with nothing to show for it. You only get one chance to make a first impression and Rhonda blew it. And we in Florida pay the price for his hubris and wave of destruction.

    • Speechless Earl

      January 20, 2024 at 5:03 am

      $130,000,000 and over a year of their lives, wasted.

    • Tom

      January 20, 2024 at 10:01 am

      I was reading a critique of his campaign yesterday and it’s listed as one of the worst ever in US political history. The funniest bit was that he kept talking about his ground game. As someone in Iowa said, “some vaping idiot that I don’t know turns up in my yard and I’ll effing shoot them”. Oh well, so much for ground games in 2024 – it’s a whole new world.

  • waked up rite

    January 20, 2024 at 10:07 am

    In my opinion, Rona was foolish to not call Tramp out for his many flaws and failures. Crap, Tramp is still pushing the BS that he won the last election and that the various legal actions against him are a political witch hunt. In the process of worshipping Tramp, Rona embraced the concept of tearing down our democracy- calling the Justice Department and FBI “weaponized” for example. Or, suggesting that our elections are not legitimate, as another example. Floridians have suffered as a result of Rona’s fantasy that he could be President of the United States. His war on “woke” was parroting Tramp’s overt racism in another key. Rona should go to help his people root out Hamas in Gaza, defending all that Holy Water. He has clearly abandoned his obligations as Governor and should own it. But I know that he won’t accept his failure. My guess is that he will endorse Tramp. Sad.

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