The old saying that “politics makes strange bedfellows,” may never be more on display than with the upcoming midterms and eventual presidential cycle.
Bill Maher, HBO host has always been progressive but the extreme left tilt of the Democrat party recently has made it difficult for Maher not to be more open-minded. On Friday night’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” he gave some praise to an unexpected recipient, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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One of Maher’s guest was liberal commentator Krystal Ball. The topic started with the Jan 6 House Select Committee hearings but shifted to whether or not former President Donald Trump should be prosecuted. The panel has not yet provided any information on the exact reasons.
Ball posited this, “that’s (prosecuting Trump) is not going to solve our problem. Do you think that Ron DeSantis is going to be way better than Donald Trump?” Maher’s response, “Yes, yes I do.” What follows is Maher’s attempt at a left-wing mini-rant to keep his viewer base happy, but it turned out to be off-handed praise.
“He’s not certifiably insane. That’s a great one to start off with. You know what Ron DeSantis won’t be doing? He won’t be poop-tweeting every day. It won’t be, like, having feuds with Bette Midler on Twitter. He’s not an insane person.”
HBO – 6/17/2022 – @krystalball on the lack of seriousness from the Democrats on repairing the problems that gave us Trump
"Trump is a symptom of a deep rot in our society… pic.twitter.com/6G8SxBblD5
— CaseStudyQB – #PeoplesGauntlet (@CaseStudyQB) June 18, 2022
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Trump and DeSantis are all in the GOP’s sights
The Republican side of the coin, 2024 may be interesting if it comes down to Trump vs. DeSantis who are fighting for the GOP Nomination. While there is no official word yet if Trump will run, the Washington Post reports that advisors in Trump’s immediate circle are attempting to persuade him from making any sort of announcement until after the midterm elections, fearing any move prior to the election might give Democrats some momentum with their voting base as well as left-leaning independents who wouldn’t vote otherwise.
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DeSantis did not make any announcements except that he was running for Florida reelection in 2022. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, indicated last week that he will support DeSantis if he runs for the White House in 2024.
DeSantis’ response to Musk was humorous, “I’m focused on 2022. But with Elon Musk what I would say is I welcome support from African Americans.” Musk was born in South Africa and is a naturalized citizen.
Rumours have it that Elon Musk will support Ron Desantis’ bid for the presidency in 2024. Asked about it, Desantis says he’s focused on 2022, but always appreciates the support of African-Americans. This is gold. pic.twitter.com/gr0b6fHVCT
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 15, 2022
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DeSantis are gaining more respect within the GOP
Ron DeSantis, only 43 years old is a rising star within the Republican Party. Ron DeSantis is the most popular Republican in almost all straw polls. When Donald Trump is absent, Ron DeSantis wins by miles.
The Wisconsin Republicans hosted their state convention at the end May. It included a 2024 straw poll. DeSantis defeated Trump 38%-32% in a surprising poll. Trump’s closest rival was the former governor of South Carolina. Nikki Haley was at just 7%.
CWS Research polling from Texas shows that Trump remains the top candidate when he is added to the mix. However, what may be an advantage to DeSantis, is that Trump’s base also likes DeSantis, a seemingly win-win situation for Republicans.
Democrats already have a 2024 problem in the fact that they lack confidence in President Joe Biden’s reelection odds, his age being a major factor.
Faiz Shakir, who was Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager in 2020, stated, if the GOP nominee was Ron DeSantis then “I think that would be a different kind of a challenge.”
Many strategists seem to have the aging party in mind. Alex Wyshyvanuk is a Democrat data analyst who sees the threat DeSantis could be in 2024 saying they need, “need an equivalent of Ron DeSantis … but not a 70- or 80-year-old — a younger person.”
It’s not for the sleepy Joe.
Ron DeSantis bests Joe Biden by 11 points in prospective poll of 2024. https://t.co/XdSC5WmAV7
— Dustin Capers (@mmaddinaz27) June 19, 2022