This Is the Way: Ron DeSantis on the Rise of Florida

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appeared Sunday on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” with host Maria Bartiromo, and in the course of that interview, proved once again that he is, almost certainly, the country’s best governor. Mr. DeSantis discussed several topics, including Florida’s turning into a Republican state, along with illegal immigration, squatters, and other topics. It bears watching.

Some highlights:

During Governor DeSantis’s terms, Florida has gone from being a nail-biting swing state to a reliably Republican state. Now, it’s important to note that in-migration from failing blue states is partly responsible for this; we can blame Democrat governors for driving the productive (who tend to lean right) out of their states. But Florida has made the Sunshine State a welcoming place for those same people, and for that, Ron DeSantis can take his share of the credit. The governor said:

On illegal immigration, DeSantis had some harsh words for the Biden administration. He notes that the federal government has sent over 300,000 “migrants” to Miami but also points out that Florida does not pay illegal immigrants; there are no ID cards issued (at one point, the governor noted that Florida does not allow NGOs to issue ID cards) and that most immigrants landing in Florida are going elsewhere.

Finally, DeSantis pointed out that, unlike other states, squatting has been largely stamped out in Florida due to a new law signed in March. DeSantis said:

This is the way forward, not just for Republicans but for the United States: Policies that can show measurable success. This is not a matter in which the GOP should be dependent on one person to set the pace; Florida is a good model, but any red-state governor should be able to do the same as DeSantis has in the Sunshine State.

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Ron DeSantis makes some good points, although there’s one thing that should be noted about the order of topics: In recent years, Florida has indeed turned red. But Florida’s shift is likely the result of the success of these policies, rather than the policies being the result of Florida’s shifting political majority. And this, unlike, say, California’s impeccably coiffed Governor Gavin Newsom’s disastrous policies, needs to go on the road.

Two thousand and twenty-four clearly wasn’t Ron DeSantis’ year to break out onto the national stage, but we haven’t seen the last of him. He has two more years as governor of Florida, and if the Republican party has any brains to speak of, they will keep him at the forefront for the next few election cycles to come. This year is Trump’s year; Ron DeSantis realized that quickly and reacted with grace, withdrawing and endorsing Trump for the 2024 ticket. Even so, 2028, 2032, or 2036, one of these may well be the year of DeSantis, and if so, the nation will be better for it.

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