An opinion piece by Politico’s senior media writer Jack Shafer predicted Thursday that the destructive hurricane that tore through Florida had only “temporarily tamed” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
According to Shafer, as Hurricane Ian approached, “the excitable boy from the Republican Party, Governor Ron DeSantis, suddenly started acting like a normal politician.”
“The New York Times was among the many who watched DeSantis’ rapid transition from a red-toothed biter to a fuzzy little dog,” Shafer noted.
The writer called DeSantis “[o]ordinarily a political opportunist” and “the kind of guy who takes asylum seekers to Martha’s Vineyard to score points, beats Disney for using his First Amendment rights, retaliates against the Special Olympics and reduces the boom in drag bars”.
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He went on to suggest that DeSantis had flip-flopped when he “responded to Ian with the kind of governance you’d expect from Mitt Romney or any other governor who doesn’t consume a bucket of bile for breakfast,” and seemed to be surprised “The governor actually governs.”
The article suggested that DeSantis was acting in an unusually cooperative way by putting aside political differences while dealing with a destructive hurricane.
“The most obvious change comes in his relationship with President Joe Biden, whom DeSantis previously called ‘the guy who hates Florida.’ Now he’s phone buddy with Biden, thanking the administration for its disaster relief. “, wrote Shafer.
He wondered if DeSantis’ reputation as a brawler on America’s culture war issues was just a character to muster a voter base.
“One way to view DeSantis’ current retirement from acting crazy is that it indicates that most of his previous stunts were for show – to scare Democrats, remake him as a national figure and annoy the GOP base. “, Shafer said before deciding. , “The best way to look at it, of course, is that DeSantis’ new courteous ways are just the latest example of his opportunism.”
He continued, “The question that remains is whether Hurricane Ian really tamed Ron DeSantis’ tarnation or will he go back to being the guy he was.”
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To answer his question, Shafer found “[e]it’s obvious he’s only made a temporary adjustment to his political style and will return to the culture war once Ian’s waters recede’ in a tweet from the rapid response director of DeSantis, Christina Pushaw, to a reporter, then concluded the article by asking rhetorically, “Did we ask?”
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