Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his vigorous defense of his successful strategy to mitigate coronavirus in his state and for calling out the media narrative that insisted his approach would be a disaster. They also note that two Democratic cities in Virginia just handed the majorities on their city councils to Republicans as a backlash to the recent gun control push in the commonwealth. And they groan heavily as Sen. Kamala Harris is introducing legislation to condemn using terms like “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan Flu” as racist.
Two good martinis and one very bad one as we head into Mother’s Day weekend. Join Jim and Greg as they marvel at how well Florida has done thus far in warding off virus that’s particularly rough on the elderly. They also shudder deeply as the U.S. lost a stunning 20.5 million jobs in April and the unemployment rate soared to 14.7 percent. And they welcome news that the percentage of positive COVID tests is declining at testing ramps up.
In November, Ron DeSantis was in the midst of a national political drama, as Florida officials conducted a recount to determine whether his slim victory would hold up. Now, just two months into the job, DeSantis is piling up a flurry of accomplishments and winning praise from across the political spectrum.
“He eventually won by 32,000 votes or 0.4 percent of the vote. He kind of went off the radar. but what this man has been doing off the radar is just amazing in terms of what he’s trying to do and what he’s accomplished and he’s getting kudos on both sides for being so energetic and so successful,” said syndicated columnist and National Review Contributing Editor Deroy Murdock.
Since taking office in January, DeSantis has replaced three Florida Supreme Court justices who were term-limited by age and worked to remove burdensome government mandates to get licensed for certain jobs. He also accepted the resignations of two elections officials at the center of last year’s vote-counting mess. DeSantis also removed Broward County Cheriff Scott Israel over his performance before, during, and after the school shooting in Parkland.
The governor has also gone to bat for hurricane survivors to the federal government. He’s also ended Common Core education policies and thrilled partisans of all stripes in replacing the members of an important water commission in hopes of cleaning up the environment.
DeSantis served in the U.S. House of Representatives before winning the governor’s office over Democrat Andrew Gillum. Murdock says that’s not an easy shift to navigate.
“I’ve seen very few people make that transition from Congress to becoming an executive as effectively and as swiftly as he has. It’s really quite stunning,” said Murdock.
Murdock believes DeSantis ultimately won the election because of his support for school choice, a position that won him 18 percent of the vote from black women who want more options for their kids. Not only did that help DeSantis, but Murdock thinks it’s a road map for other GOP candidates.
“If he can keep this us, it’s a model for other Republicans to go out in the black community, push school choice which is very important. Just ask black parents, ‘You tend to vote Democrat. How are those Democrat-run schools doing? how’s your Democrat school board doing? Are your kids learning anything?” said Murdock.
Listen to the full podcast to hear how DeSantis is not only soaring above 60 percent approval in the state, how well he is doing among voters usually repelled by the GOP, and whether the popularity of DeSantis can help President Trump in 2020.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and naming two stellar judges to the Florida Supreme Court. They also discuss Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard joining the 2020 presidential race and how her defense of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad could impact the campaign. And as many breathlessly await the Mueller report on Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, ABC’s Jonathan Karl reports that the report will likely be anti-climactic.
Controversy has erupted in Florida, as Democrats in Broward County say they are still counting votes and want to be sure every voice is heard while Republicans say officials are violating canvassing laws and might be engaging in vote fraud as the newly found votes are breaking massively for Democratic candidates.
A lot is at stake in who wind the governorship, the U.S. Senate seat, and a number of other statewide offices. That’s why well over $100 million was spent on the Senate race alone and special interests also poured money into the governor’s race.
Listen to the interview with Power the Future Executive Director Daniel Turner as he describes how much money from billionaire Democrats got spent in Florida, how that money may be impacting the post-election controversy, and what the outcome will mean for Florida.