Trump spoke at CPAC on Sunday. – I write at length about that event in another piece this morning. Go read it.
If this result surprises you, you haven’t been paying attention. – It is no secret that the Republican Party establishment has coalesced behind former South Carolina Governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley as its’ preferred GOP presidential nominee for 2024. Haley is a consummate creature of the DC Swamp, a RINO at heart who would be very easy for party insiders and funders to manipulate as president. She is basically the female version of Jeb! Bush.
But Amb. Haley will have a very steep hill to climb in order to become the 2024 nominee, if the results of yesterday’s CPAC Straw Poll are any indication. Donald Trump of course came in as the clear front-runner in the poll, but if you assume as I do that he will not be the party’s nominee, given that he will then be as old as Joe Biden is now, there is one clear-cut front runner who Haley would have to find a way to overcome: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Haley also lags behind another GOP governor who has shown outstanding leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic: South Dakota’s Kristi Noem.
New CPAC Straw Poll Shows One Candidate Dominating GOP Field If Trump Not On Ticket In 2024 https://t.co/Bu1cF9HTkB
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 28, 2021
From a story at DailyWire:
A Washington Times/CPAC poll released on Sunday showed that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) would dominate the Republican field of presidential candidates for 2024 if former President Donald Trump decides not to run for president again.
The poll, which found that over 95% of respondents approved of the job that Trump did as president, showed that voters were concerned most about election integrity, border security, constitutional rights, and economic issues.
More than two-thirds of respondents said that they wanted Trump to run again, while 15% said they did not, and 17% were unsure. A staggering 95% of respondents want the GOP to continue pursuing the policies of Trump.
If Trump were to run for president again, 55% of respondents said they would vote for him, followed by 21% for DeSantis, and 4% for South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. If Trump is not on the ticket in 2024, 43% of respondents said that they would vote for DeSantis, followed by 11% for Noem.
I’ve been touting a 2024 GOP ticket of DeSantis/Noem or Noem/DeSantis here since last May, when it became apparent that they were way ahead of the pack in terms of exercising true executive leadership on COVID and the other pressing issues of the day. Both are young, both are attractive, both do extremely well on television, both have adopted Trump’s more aggressive manner in dealing with the eternally hostile press, and both understand where the ideological momentum is in the GOP.
While far from definitive, the CPAC straw poll shows that’s where the party’s true conservative/populist/America First wing is leaning.
Today’s Biden Gas Premium Update. – Just a reminder that the price of a gallon of gasoline has now risen by 50 cents per gallon since Election Day.
Over the weekend, Goldman Sachs raised its 2021 mid-year crude oil price projection to $75 per barrel after the Brent index price exceeded its prior $65 estimate late last week. Because the price of gasoline tends to follow the price of crude oil, you can expect the Biden Gas Premium to grow to around 75 cents per gallon by mid-year if Goldman Sachs is right.
So, next time you run into any of your liberal pals, be sure to thank them for that extra $15 you’re having to fork over every time you fill up your car’s 20-gallon tank.
Are Florida Democrats really going to run Crist again? – Meanwhile, as the GOP shifts to a more youthful leadership profile, there is growing speculation that the already-geriatric Democrats may end up nominating another fossil to challenge DeSantis in 2022. That’s right: the political chameleon Charlie Crist is getting ready to run one more time.
It’s hard to believe Charlie Crist is just 64 years old. It feels like he’s been around forever, frankly, spending his first 20 or so years in politics as a nominal Republican before shifting over to the Democrat Party in 2012 after having spent four years serving as Florida’s governor. Crist was a state senator throughout the 1990s, tried and failed in a run for the U.S. senate against Democrat Bob Graham in 1998, served as Florida Attorney General from 2003 through 2006, and tried and failed to defeat Marco Rubio while running as an independent in 2010. Hooboy.
Now, the scaly Crist is planning another run for governor.
As the former Republican prepares a potential bid to unseat Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Rep. Charlie Crist must somehow convince skeptical Democrats that he can energize the diverse coalition that now makes up the partyhttps://t.co/zk3KJbjqCd
— POLITICO (@politico) February 28, 2021
From a story at Politico:
TALLAHASSEE — Rep. Charlie Crist switched parties almost a decade ago — but the party has moved on.
As the former Republican prepares a potential bid to unseat Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the 64-year-old Crist must somehow convince skeptical Democrats that he can energize the diverse coalition that now makes up the party.
“I don’t think he excites the part of the base that we need to propel a statewide campaign,” said Thomas Kennedy, a newly-elected member of the Democratic National Committee from Florida. “I don’t think a former Republican governor — who has lost statewide before and, quite frankly, hasn’t been at the forefront of the battles that have roiled this county in the last four years — is going to be able to take on what’s going to be a really tough race against Ron DeSantis.”
Crist, a two-term congressman who served as the state’s governor more than a decade ago, hasn’t officially jumped into the race. But he’s reached out to political consultants, major donors such as famed attorney John Morgan, long-time friends like Broward Mayor Steve Geller and other politicians about whether he should try to reclaim the job he once held. Along the way, some of his past allies are beginning to work with other potential Democratic candidates.
When asked whether he’s the right candidate for now, Crist retorts: “I got two words: Joe Biden. Look at what happened in our last election.”
Though Biden managed to win the Democratic nomination and presidency, he lost to President Donald Trump in Florida, and the GOP picked up both congressional and legislative seats in an election that some view as evidence that Florida is losing its reputation as the nation’s largest battleground state.
Oof. When the Democrat toadies at Politico are writing pooh-pooing stories like this one about you, you’ve got a real uphill climb ahead.
Given Crist’s repeated failures in trying to unseat prominent Florida office holders in the past – he beat a relative unknown Democrat, Jim Davis, in the 2006 governor’s election – Republicans should be actively supporting his efforts to attain the Democrat nomination next year. But if Politico’s initial shot across Crist’s bow is an indicator of the media’s overall bias in the looming race, he will have a tough time gaining much traction in the race.
For Democrats, the booster support of a fawning media is everything, and right now, at least, Charlie Crist doesn’t have it.
That is all.
Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever before. Whatfinger.com is the only real conservative alternative to Drudge. It’s the tool I use to help keep up with all the day’s events, and it should be your tool, too.