So There Was A Debate in Floriduh Last Night

So there was a debate last night in the Fatherland of Floriduh and by pretty much all counts, Democrat Charlie Crist mopped the floor with notable Fascist Ron DeSantis.

Our pals at Electoral-Vote summed it up thusly:

Last night, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Charlie Crist met for their only debate of the campaign. Truth be told, we’re surprised that DeSantis agreed to debate at all; he’s got a large and steady lead in the polls, and he’s a lousy public speaker with an off-putting voice.

There’s also one other small problem for the Governor: There are a lot of angles available for attacking him. From pandemic management to immigrant flights to petty fights with Disney to his mystery position on abortion, there is much for Crist to work with. And the Democrat came out swinging, and hit the Republican on all of these things and more. DeSantis spent the night playing defense, and did a middling job of it, at best.

That said, the line of attack that did the most damage had nothing to do with DeSantis’ past performance as governor. More like his future performance. Everyone and his uncle knows that the Governor is plotting, planning and scheming for a promotion from the Florida Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee to a larger and whiter mansion in Washington, D.C. Crist pressed DeSantis on his plans, and DeSantis refused to commit to finishing a second term as governor. Voters hate to be used like that, particularly in such an underhanded fashion.

Here’s that moment:

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Crist’s problem is that “some damage” isn’t enough damage. DeSantis’ lead in the polls is a steady 10%, and he certainly didn’t do himself 10 points worth of harm last night. Even if we squint really hard, and assume Crist finishes the campaign very well, and also assume the polls are off this year in a Republican direction, it is very hard to see how Crist could plausibly pull this thing out.

I have a lot of Twitter friends from Floriduh and not a single one of them thinks that Crist has a chance. I’ve never believed that the modern Floriduh is a swing state, and it is hard to think that it is anything but retried and ruby red. I’d love to be surprised.

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5 Responses to So There Was A Debate in Floriduh Last Night

  1. beckymaenot says:

    I’d like to be surprised too- but it’s not likely. If someone was for DeSantis before last night- they still are. Nothing will change their minds. They aren’t voting for a person. The R’s could be running an actual corpse and Florida Republicans will vote for it. These are the same people who will cry and complain and blame the democrats when their SS and Medicare are slashed.

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    • tengrain says:


      They think that a Republican government will punish the people that they hate. I remember during the 4th Reich a woman being interviewed and she said “But [Vulgarmort] was supposed to hurt THEM!”



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      • beckymaenot says:

        I remember that too. And yet- they voted for him again.

        74 million Americans voted for a careless, unqualified, sociopathic con man who hates them.

        And then they call us murderous cheats.

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  2. w3ski4me says:

    There is a certain kind of insanity present in the Rethug party. I believe that even a public reversal by some of its popular figures wouldn’t sway many. They hate because it’s inside them, reaffirmed by their party lines. DeSantis could call them all soulless cretins and they would still applaud. They be nutz.

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  3. glitterbug says:

    I’m 60 years old, retired and True Blue. I will admit to voting for some Republicans way back when I was young and stupid. I’ve since learned the error my ways.

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