Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is facing an uphill battle in the upcoming 2024 presidential election, according to an op-ed by Michael Goodwin. Goodwin compares DeSantis’s situation to a Pittsburgh Pirates announcer’s hopeful phrase, “We had ’em all the way,” suggesting that DeSantis will need a miraculous turnaround to come out on top.
Recent polls from August, gathered by RealClearPolitics, reveal that DeSantis is trailing behind former President Donald Trump by a significant 40 points. This represents a significant change in fortunes from when DeSantis was leading last year. The dwindling support for DeSantis has become a cause for concern among his campaign advisors.
Goodwin acknowledges that DeSantis has received advice from various sources on how to improve his chances, but translating his accomplishments as Florida governor into a compelling national agenda has proven to be a challenge. DeSantis’s messaging lacks the clarity and inspiration seen in Trump’s successful campaign slogans, instead coming across as a mere repetition of state-level programs.
Drawing a parallel to Trump’s strategies, Goodwin emphasizes the importance of having a cohesive and nationally resonating message. DeSantis seems to be struggling to find this strong message, hindering his chances of success. Goodwin suggests that even with sound advice, DeSantis’s prospects might not improve significantly. He raises the possibility that Trump already has a firm grip on the Republican nomination, making it difficult for other contenders to challenge him. Trump’s consistent lead in polls indicates that his support base has solidified and extended beyond initial expectations.
However, the race is far from over. DeSantis still has a chance with the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary months away. The outcome of ongoing criminal cases against Trump remains uncertain and could have an impact on the race. Additionally, the Joe Biden scandal presents a wildcard that could disrupt the Democratic nomination process and indirectly influence the Republican field. Goodwin speculates that this unfolding situation might lead to a major reset in American politics.
Ultimately, Goodwin argues that DeSantis’s chances of winning the presidency are diminishing, and he faces significant challenges in overcoming both Trump and Biden in the 2024 election.