The Only Candidate With a Nickname

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the annual Feenstra Family Picnic at the Dean Family Classic Car Museum in Sioux Center, Iowa, on Saturday, May 13. (Photo by Rebecca S. Gratz for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

I come not to bury Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign but to praise it.

The time to bury it will arrive soon enough, I suspect.

Today, though, I feel grateful as the governor prepares to declare his candidacy. The only Republican who threatens Donald Trump enough to have earned a wacky nickname from him will challenge him for control of the party after all.

Trump spent five months trying to intimidate DeSantis into changing his mind about running, an effort that continued until the eve of the governor’s announcement. He failed. If you’re eager for the end of the Trump era, celebrate the fact that we’re a bit closer to it than we would have been had DeSantis waited for 2028.

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