Requiem for a Heavyweight

Ron DeSantis looks on after speaking at the Republican Party of Iowa's 2023 Lincoln Dinner on July 28, 2023.(Photo by SERGIO FLORES/AFP via Getty Images)

“Enjoy the Final Two Weeks of the DeSantis Campaign,” Jonathan Last advised his readers in a column published on Wednesday. “You won’t have Ol’ Puddin’ Fingers to kick around much longer.”

Is that right? I tend to think we’ll be kicking around Ol’ Puddin’ Fingers for months to come.

Last wasn’t predicting that the governor will be out of the race in two weeks, though. He was predicting that DeSantis’ time as a serious candidate is winding down, with the coup de grace likely to be delivered at the first Republican primary debate on August 23. 

That’s plausible. Here’s Chris Christie speaking to Fox News on Wednesday night:

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