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De Santis fucked himself with his six week ban. The kind of hardcore evangelicals that care about that (there are very few) aren’t even going to vote for him. They’ll vote for some goober.

De santis seems to listen to what people say they want instead of intuiting what they want.

His strongest accomplishment that is future looking, school choice, he doesn’t seem to have a concrete plan for nationally (or I haven’t heard it). If my schools are woke I want to be given a check and leave them, not spend my time attending awful school board meetings over and over.

De santis was great on covid but covid is over. They threw Churchill out after he literally beat hitler because he didn’t have a plan for the future.

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Perhaps part of the reason that DeSantis has to overintellectualize his unwokeness in an off-putting way is that he's white, whereas a Vivek Ramaswamy or Tim Scott would have a lot more freedom to be visceral and personal about it.

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DeSantis would beat the pants off of any of the other nominees on policy. His COVID policies are the only reason he initially got the public's attention, and rightly so. The connection to wokeness is through COVID imo, many of the voters who got fed up and left their cities/blue states to move to Florida (or Idaho) were not only concerned about COVID, but also about the education issues. Unfortunately there's much more to Presidential elections than policy. DeSantis does not debate well, he comes across as stiff and robotic and even in his Governor debate with Christie he did not come across well at all. He just doesn't have the ease and entertainment value that Trump has. I think the only way he gains traction with voters is to highlight his main strength: his correct reading on COVD and the wokeness/affirmation action issues. I agree with Inez here.

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Morning consult ranking pages are literally years out of date - they are quite clear that they stopped updating them. Governor Matt Bevin left office more than three years ago.

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Inez mentioned something about biden redefining sex to include gender identity for title 9 enforcement. But isn’t that redefinition just an application of what sex discrimination means under Bostock? Bostock held that for employers trans discrimination is sex discrimination. Something like, you would be selectively enforcing a (gender) norm on the basis of sex, hence sex discrimination. And Bostock still has 5 votes at the Supreme Court, one of which trump appointed. Maybe justice G is playing the long game by extending civil rights law to its perhaps politically untenable full extent. But still, there seems to be some incoherence on this issue.

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Enjoyed it, keep it going

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I do not listen to podcasts. I just do not. However, I would pay to read transcripts.

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You found a great co-host. I’m looking forward to listening to this over the election season.

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I'm a paid subscriber to this Substack but today I got the choice to pay to follow you (in some respect) on Twitter. Are you serious? Shouldn't those of us who pay for Substack get free access to whatever you're selling on Twitter?

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