DeSantis should go for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination – and he should set up his exploratory committee immediately.  This is good advice if former President Trump does not run – or even if he does.

If Trump decides to take a pass on the 2024 Republican nomination, he is not likely to do so until much closer to the election.  Such a delay is in his best interest – and you know what that means.  He remains more relevant and powerful as long as there is a possibility that he will run – and even win back the White House.  As long as he is a possible presidential candidate, Trump will have enhanced fundraising muscle.  That all diminishes if he pulls out of contention.

If he does not run and postpone that decision, other potential candidates will have a short time to build their presidential campaign structure and raise sufficient funds.  That needs to be started almost immediately for 2024 – with the public announcements no later than November.  After the 2022 Midterm Elections.

But what if Trump does decide to run?

In view of Trump’s vote gathering history, there are legitimate questions as to whether he could win a General Election in 2024.  He has never shown an ability to be an overwhelming favorite among voters – the 2020 election notwithstanding.  He won the 2016 GOP presidential nomination because of the large field of candidates who divided up the majority of the votes in the primaries.  In 2016, most Republican voters preferred a candidate other than Trump.

He won the General Election based on the Electoral College vote.  He lost the popular vote.  In 2018 – in which Trump’s shadow loomed largely – Republicans lost control of the House.  In 2020, Trump had an easy road to the nomination as the incumbent President.  And without getting into the controversy revolving around the 2020 General Election, President Biden is sitting in the White House — and the OFFICIAL and certified vote put Trump in second place in the Electoral College and the popular vote.

While I do believe that Trump has been mercilessly harassed by a corrupt political opposition, I also believe that he does have significant legal problems that can further damage his potential for a comeback.  We just cannot know what political strength he may have going into the next presidential season. The Republican Party may need another option.

In short, the GOP would be better served if Trump were to face competition within his own Party. It would reveal his true grassroots voter strength.  Providing Trump with a free pass to the nomination could prove to be a disaster for the Republican Party – which is primed to take the White House in 2024.

If I were DeSantis – or any other potential presidential contender – I would announce my interest in running very soon – set up the necessary “exploratory committee.”  But I would leave open whether I would ultimately challenge Trump – or withdraw if he entered the race.

That would put Trump in a bit of a box.  He would be less likely to go on the attack prior to entering the race.  Angering an opponent who might drop out would likely cause any early contender to dig in his – or her – heels.  The Trump-style nasty attacks would be postponed at least until Trump had one or more candidates who were committed to take the race to the finish line.

DeSantis should get in quickly – with the potential of dropping out.  Even if he did drop out, the experience of running an aborted campaign would provide greater name recognition and experience – and the start of an ongoing federal campaign fund that could be used for a future presidential or Senate race.

Whether DeSantis withdraws for Trump – and if there were no body blows during the early campaign – DeSantis could be on the Trump ticket as the vice-presidential candidate.   And even if he is defeated in the primaries by Trump – or another GOP candidate – the Florida Governor is young enough to have several opportunities for a presidential run in the future. It took President Biden three tries over 40-plus years.

DeSantis – more than any current GOP personality – has the longest political yellow brick road ahead of him.  His best strategy is to keep his options open as he pursues them.

Looking into the political crystal ball – admittedly a bit early – I see DeSantis beating Trump in a one-on-one contest for a lot of reasons.  I will defer commenting on them at least until early 2024 if it comes down to a Trump/DeSantis race.

Florida is the home of three potential 2024 candidates – Trump, DeSantis and Senator Marco Rubio.  However, I think Trump and DeSantis suck up all the political oxygen in the Sunshine State.  I can say – for what it is worth – that a lot of local Republicans I know – who have been beating the drums for Trump — would cast their ballot for DeSantis over Trump in the Florida primary.  Me included.

So, there ‘tis.

By 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.

11 thoughts on “DeSantis Should Go For The GOP Nomination”
  1. If Trump doesn’t run , I won’t vote , I like DeSantis but he’s no trump . He’s young and can wait till trump is done, Amd it’s crazy to think trump can’t get the votes , nice try trump hater . Or should I call you Liz, Adam , or Romney . ?

  2. De Santis all the way !! Now there are many VP candidates. Including, former United Nations Rep
    from S Carolina there for TRUMP’S first couple years,
    Governor Christy Noem is one to consider too.
    There are certainly several African American Reps / Senators both men and women who would enhance a ticket.
    That may be the toughest decision for the Republican Party to make. It is going to be exciting because they all are more capable of doing their jobs

  3. It is my opinion that Governor Ron DeSantis is the best person to put this country back on the right track. I love Trump but not only is he radioactive, he will be to old and I believe he threw away the 2020 election from the first “debate” with Joe Biden as well as not being prepared for all the illegal voting that took place. It was his to lose and he lost it.

  4. I think he should declare for 2024 that way he won’t be here to screw up Florida any more and if the rest of America is as smart as they were in the last presidential election he can look for a job or live off what he has made as governor of Florida.

  5. I think that Trump have what America needs. Especially foreign affairs. He was able to make peace in world which one one president was able over the years. He is choosen one and I will not play with against God. DeSantis may be good but that will be by what he wants not the God. People we have to be careful with whom we deal. Open your eyes to God. What happen in 2020 was simple traud to confuse us and forgot the God.

  6. I don’t agree with these ( I was going to say people that apparently don’t live in Florida and know what he can do to you)
    But my last post was deleted to so I know this one won’t make it to so what’s the use?

  7. DeSantis said he wants to stay in Florida, for now.
    We need a few Republican Governors, like DeSantis to be role models for other Governors.
    So I am all for DeSantis 2028.
    Trump has the majority of the Republican party support now. And he would be the best candidate for 2024.
    We don’t need the media pushing candidates that do not want to run this time.
    The Democrat party is a mess right now. Let’s build on that.

  8. If Trump and his family are found to be innocent prior to 2024 elections of any illegal financial dealings, he should definitely run again. Many Floridians I know strongly dislike DeSantis because of his uncaring attitude and profound ignorance in taking proper science-based measures to protect people, especially seniors, in his state against the deadly effects of COVID-19.

  9. It is really amazing, to me, when people who majorly abuse something (the big fish) (Pelosi, Feinstein, Waters), have a big problem when they suspect that someone they don’t like abuses the same thing (the small fish) (Trump), even though the big fish have abused it for years and years.
    -Ok to investigate small fish people suspected of abuse, even if they have been investigated for the past 5 years non-stop and it is hard to believe that everything about them, and a few lies, have not already been publicized.
    -Seems more like a way for the big fish to keep the small fish from stopping their gravy train way of making money. While simultaneously giving all their friends a taxpayer paid job of investigating the small fish.
    -But I would push investigating those small fish people to the side. To investigate LATER.
    In favor of investigating the BIG PLAYERS. Those who have been abusing for decades and who simultaneously REGULATE it.
    -Democrat Pelosi has been in politics since 1987 (35 YEARS)
    -Democrat Feinstein has been in politics since 1978 (44 YEARS)
    -Democrat Waters has been in politics since 1991 (21 YEARS)
    -1/07/22 – (NYP) “Nancy Pelosi is scrambling to quash bipartisan efforts to ban stock trading by Congressional lawmakers — even as she and her husband have raked in as much as $30 million from bets on the Big Tech firms Pelosi is responsible for regulating.”
    -Exact same crime as Martha Stewart, but Stewart went to prison, and was not in charge of regulating it, like Democrat House Speaker Pelosi.
    If Martha Stewart went to prison, so should Pelosi and her buddies.
    And after those cases are tried and Pelosi is sitting in her cell, then they can go after Trump.

  10. I can’t say I like the one who wrote the article. He seems way too biased. I think Trump would win in 2024, especially after the Democrats who did vote for Biden screwed up. Trump was the BRST President we have had in my lifetime. He has been ran through the wringer with the Democrats who aren’t intelligent to actually do better than Trump did, so they take away all the good he did. Where are their brains over there? Biden acts like a 5-year-old and his son paints like one I actually have grandsons who are 5 and smarter than he is.

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