Trump, But Competent?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a campaign rally on December 2, 2023, in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

On Friday night, while normal people were off doing normal Friday night things, the hopeless political junkies congregated in The Dispatch Slack channel were chortling over this tweet.

If you want to convince your audience that you’re sincerely excited about something, it’s usually best not to point out up front that relevant rules and regulations require you to feign excitement about it. It’s the 2023 equivalent of Bush the elder reading “Message: I care” off his cue cards.

The tweet was a staff error, obviously. Somehow the instructions for ballot access in Colorado got copy-pasted into a post that was designed to comply with those instructions. Writer James Surowiecki sneered that it was “emblematic of [DeSantis’] entire mismanaged and misbegotten campaign,” which seemed a bit churlish.

What’s truly emblematic of the governor’s mismanaged and misbegotten campaign is the fact that the tweet was still available, uncorrected, more than 48 hours later.

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