Posted 56 days ago
Presidential campaigns always start too early, at least in the media. You might hear the starting pistol and see it's being shot at Ron DeSantis.
For example, New York Times opinion writer Frank Bruni wrote a piece describing DeSantis as an "optical illusion," that "geyser of gibberish" Elon Musk seems fond of him. "Magnates like Musk typically cling to the moment's shiniest toys, and DeSantis, fresh off his re-election, is a curiously gleaming action figure."
Bruni's spitting nails at the idea that Musk could find him "sensible and centrist." He used italics to ask "in what universe?" conservatives wouldn't find him one bit appealing if he was "centrist" like blue-state Gov. Larry Hogan. But liberal journalists have tried to paint pretty much every Democrat nominee since Jimmy Carter as a "centrist."
If that's not silly enough, they try to portray their own media outlets as sensibly centrist. Don Lemon thinks CNN's never been liberal.
Another ranting liberal is Mark Leibovich at The Atlantic, whose idea of ruining DeSantis is to insist he's not fun at parties, that he's a stiff, awkward guy. He found Republicans to offer colorful quotes like, "My sense is that Trump would gut DeSantis with a dull deer antler." He concluded, "Republicans who want to save the party from Trump are investing great hope in a blank slate."
Somehow DeSantis is Jeb Bush waiting to happen.
On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hootenanny -- which is never sensibly centrist -- Leibovich added DeSantis holds press conferences and "loves attacking the media, especially younger women reporters."
He's apparently a sexist, which might appeal to Republicans, who are trying "to find the better bully."
No. 1: Liberals like Leibovich sees Republicans "attacking reporters" and never acknowledge that reporters are attacking Republicans at press conferences.
One memorable Republican attacker was Sharyn Alfonsi of CBS in 2021, working up a hit piece on DeSantis for "60 Minutes." Alfonsi is 50 and hopefully wouldn't want Leibovich to treat her like she's defenseless Princess Peach in a pink gown.... (Read more)