And speaking of unlikeable politicians, Floriduh Gov. Ron Sanctimonious is trying to do a little PR on his cold, remote, and unlikeable reputation:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — When a couple hundred major donors to Gov. Ron DeSantis’s inauguration arrived at a candlelight dinner to the sounds of a solo saxophonist the night before his swearing-in last week they found a pair of surprises waiting for them…
…Yet what was even more of a thrill to the donors than Carbone’s signature spicy rigatoni was what happened during the dinner: DeSantis and his wife, Casey, went table to table greeting and thanking the attendees.
I can more easily see him berating the attendees (pointing to a half-eaten plate) than making small grateful noises. It’s just not in his bag of tricks.
Isn’t such glad-handing a job requirement?
Such a gesture would hardly be noteworthy for most politicians. But the early rap on DeSantis from his fellow Republicans is that, for all his smarts and shrewdness, he lacks charm, and is either unwilling or unable to submit to the longstanding rituals of retail politics.
So the mere fact that he table-hopped at a dinner in his honor — and that more than a few of his contributors were thrilled enough about the personal touch to recount it to me after the closed-press fete — is revealing.
Our Failed Political Press ™ often asks us if a politician is someone you’d want to have a beer with, and I think with DeSantis, I’d have a snake-bite kit and 911 on speed dial.
Look at DeSantis’ smile, above, and tell me if that looks, uh, natural? When you see a head-on picture of a snake, it appears to be smiling, too.