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DeSantis cinches the election win

DeSantis cinches the election win

Predicting that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will ride to an easy victory on Election Day is a no-brainer. 

For the most part, he has been well ahead of his Republican turned independent turned Democrat Congressman Charlie Crist throughout the campaign.

If there was any hope that Crist could come from behind and procure an upset victory, that notion ended with the DeSantis/Crist debate.  No spin by team-Crist – or fawning news reports from left-wing media – can change the fact.  Crist lost.

Judging from the post-debate news coverage, the most dramatic point in the debate was when Crist challenged DeSantis to promise to complete his four-year term.  DeSantis demurred.  If Crist saw that as a pivotal moment in the debate, he had very little to offer.  That is not on the radar of the voters.

In debates, opponents look for the weak spots in the opponents record and policies.  Crist, however, seemed to raise and attack DeSantis in his more popular actions.  DeSantis’ efforts to keep all sexually and gender-explicit material out of the curriculum of students in grades K through 4 has wide support even though critics have attempted to label it as an attack on the gay community.

Crist also carried the Democrat’s spin on DeSantis sending Texas Venezuelan migrants to northern communities – including the exclusive enclave of Martha’s Vineyard.  Crist tried to use it as a wedge issue between DeSantis and the Florida Latino community – specifically Venezuelans.

In fact, DeSantis’ action brought greater focus on the border crisis and exposed the hypocrisy of northern Democrats. More than half of Florida Hispanics approve of the policy – and polls indicate that DeSantis is in line to receive more than 50 percent of the Latino vote.

Of course, Crist brought up abortion, claiming that DeSantis approved of an anti-abortion bill that had no exceptions for incest and rape.  What Crist did not say was that the law only applied to abortions after 15 weeks —  and that DeSantis has always favored the usual exceptions. 

DeSantis countered by saying that Crist favored abortions up until birth – a charge that Crist did not deny.  Polls show that most voters favor legal abortions but ONLY in the first trimester. After that, there is majority opposition to abortion-on-demand.

Then there is that image issue.  Crist’s image falls somewhere between “slick” and “sleazy.”  It is that fast-talking, big-promises delivery — with the appearance of a salesman you cannot trust at first sight.  Also, there is that ever-present Hollywood self-nurtured deep tan – a bit much even for a Floridian.

Combine the “look” with the record of flipping and flopping all over the political map – and Crist’s wannabe ambition to hold high public office at almost any cost — and you wonder how Crist does as well as he does.  Of course, since abandoning his Republican roots he has not been able to win a statewide office – and he is not going to win this one.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Tom

    Crist’s picture sort of reminds me of an angry Bob Barker from the Price is Right – Which is what I think the Democratic Party should be called.

    • Micala

      Perfect description of the deluded demoncrap party!

      Charlie Crist is nothing but slime all the way from ear to ear! I bet he doesn’t know the definition of “fact” nor “morality”! Why? Because those two words interfere in his “dumber than dirt” campaign!

      Plus, like all typical Dems, it’s NOT about the people, but what ole Charlie wants! He is no better than the flake in the “Where Am I” House in D.C.! And we’ve seen/experienced what that toad has done to our Nation — nothing good for the people!!

      DiSantis — you’ve got this! Everyone knows a HERO FOR THE PEOPLE when they watch you, Governor DiSantis!!

  2. Bill

    There’s a good reason why the Communist Party candidates don’t want to debase a candidate from the American (Republican) Party.

    It exposes their Ignorance, Incompetence, and danger to American society and its fabric.

  3. frank stetson

    Agree on that one, Democrats lost. Rubio probably too.

    Seems like low hanging fruit given DeSantimonious’ mishandling of FL finances for national notoriety over fake immigrant kidnapping, covid response, fake election fraud arrests, and Disney brouhaha resulting in lost tax receipts and FL job losses.

    And agreed, big moment was a snooze, everyone knows it and it hasn’t changed a thing.

    I think Dems dropped the ball here and the national support is not where it should be for these candidates.