Republican presidential candidate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis delivers remarks at the 2023 Christians United for Israel summit on July 17, 2023 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The occasion of a not-so-great reset demands that we point some fingers. Who’s to blame for the disappointing start to the governor of Florida’s presidential campaign?

There’s Ron DeSantis, of course, an unlikable politician and an underwhelming presence on the trail. There’s his campaign manager, who may not be long for this political world after spending exorbitantly to little effect. There’s Donald Trump, whose attacks on the governor have been shrewd if shameless. There’s congressional Republicans, few of whom have endorsed DeSantis for fear of earning the wrath of the orange gorilla. And there’s the rest of the Republican presidential field, hard at work in attracting support from anti-Trump Republicans for their no-shot candidacies that would more fruitfully be diverted to the second-place contender.

How about conservative media, though? Do they bear any blame?

They do, Semafor reporter Benjy Sarlin argued in a provocative Twitter thread posted a few days ago. 

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