DeSantis to GOP: I’m a Winner; Follow Me

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

( – Addressing what he believes ails the GOP, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis seemingly indicated that if the Grand Old Party wants to win nationwide going forward, it should follow the steps he has taken at home.

As The Hill reports in “DeSantis questions’ huge underperformance’ among Republicans nationwide“:

“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis discussed the ‘huge underperformance’ of Republicans nationwide during the midterms at a press conference on Thursday, saying that Florida showed the party ‘how it’s done’ on building winning coalitions.

“DeSantis, who is seen as a leading GOP contender for the White House in 2024, noted that Republicans were expecting to win some 245 seats in the House, but are poised to secure only 222, giving the party a thin majority.” [emphasis added]

Among a series of statements, DeSantis opined:

  • “I don’t think it’s a question of necessarily being divided as a party, I think it’s like, OK, how do you run and win majorities?”
  • “I think what we’ve done in Florida is we’ve shown that we’ve exercised leadership, we’ve not kowtowed, we’ve been willing to take on big interests … but producing results, and so that ends up attracting more people to want to be on your team.”
  • “That was not something that was happening, you know, throughout the rest of the country, but I think that we really showed, I think, how it’s done in the state of Florida.”

One veteran political observer noted after DeSantis’s press conference, “With each passing day, it looks like Ron is gearing up for a run at the presidency in 2024.”