Vanity Fair has an interesting piece up with four (4!) confirming —yet unnamed— sources that Ron DeSantis will not run in the 2024 Goat Rodeo if Hair Füror runs:
For much of the past year, DeSantis has acted like a presidential candidate-in-waiting, leading many to believe he would take on Trump if the former president, as expected, gets in the race. DeSantis pointedly refused to seek Trump’s endorsement for his reelection. And during a debate against Crist last month, he declined to promise he would serve out his full four-year term as governor. DeSantis is also sitting on a campaign war chest of more than $180 million. In a profile of DeSantis for Vanity Fair’s November issue, I reported that DeSantis privately told donors that if he did run, he would launch a full-frontal assault on Trump’s record and competence.
But according to four prominent Republicans, DeSantis appears to be reconsidering his plans to run. Sources told me DeSantis recently indicated to donors that he would not challenge Trump for the Republican nomination. “He’s led them to believe he will not run if Trump does,” a Republican briefed on the donor conversations told me. Another source told me DeSantis’s calculus is that, at age 44, he can easily wait until the next presidential cycle, so why risk a brutal primary fight against a pugilist like Trump? “He can walk into the presidency in 2028 without pissing off Trump or Florida,” the source said. “What would you rather do? Be the governor of Florida for certain or go run for president?”
Desantis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
If you watched the recent debate between Crist and DeSantis, you probably noticed that Ron is not fast on his feet with challenged, and resembles more a deer in the headlights of an oncoming train. He’s a eff’ing lunatic given an open mic and stenographers, but his glass jaw seems to be any aggressive push-back.