There are few governors more ridiculous than Florida's Ron DeSantis. Rather than embrace thoughtful policies that would help the lives of Floridians, DeSantis looks for issues that can garner media attention and boost his popularity among the MAGA folks who dominate GOP politics in the Sunshine State. The Governor doesn't care if it means trampling conservative principles or wasting taxpayer money.
The Florida legislature appropriated $12 million to relocate "unauthorized aliens...from this state." But DeSantis had a problem. Florida doesn't have a border at which the "unauthorized aliens" are crossing. So he didn't have anyone to relocate. So what does DeSantis do? He uses Florida taxpayer money to go to Texas to ship them out from that state to places like Martha's Vineyard, New York City and Washington, DC.
DeSantis claims that he had people from his administration in Texas several months screening these individuals to ascertain whether they might be inclined to travel hundreds of miles through several states to end up in Florida. He claims that people from his office fully informed these Florida-bound migrants of other options to live, such as Martha's Vineyard, and they voluntarily agreed to board planes to travel there instead. Does anyone actually believe this? I am sure even DeSantis most fervent supporters, know he's lying. They just don't care. Lying for a what is perceived to be good cause is perfectly acceptable in MAGA world.
But let's examine that "good cause." Most of the migrants that DeSantis is busing are refugees fleeing a brutal communist regime in Venezuela. In the olden days, Republicans welcomed people fleeing from Communist regimes. Yet more proof that MAGA Republicans are not conservative Republicans.
I'm sure it is just a coincidence that the refugees fleeing Venezuela have brown-skin while the Eastern Europeans fleeing Communist regimes who were welcomed with open arms had white skin.
The Republican Party needs conservative leadership. They don't need a performative fool like Ron DeSantis.
OOP's short takes:
- So for months New Hampshire GOP senate candidate Donald Bolduc has enthusiastically peddled the fiction that Joe Biden stole the 2020 election from Donald Trump. Then, within days of winning the GOP primary, he announces he's done some "research" and has now concluded that Biden did legitimately win. Apparently, Bolduc thinks New Hampshire voters are stupid.
- More polls over the weekend from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Arizona suggest that Democratic gains on Republican candidates made over the summer is stalling. The irony is that this is happening while Biden's numbers are clearly improving.