In a surprising turn of events, Senator Mitt Romney may have unintentionally given Florida Governor Ron DeSantis one of the most valuable endorsements he could hope for. While candidates actively seek endorsements, there are instances where unintended endorsements can have a more profound impact on voters. In an upcoming biography, Romney makes a series of critical remarks about DeSantis that are likely to enhance DeSantis' standing in the 2024 presidential race.
Romney's comments about DeSantis lacking warmth and appearing uncomfortable while taking selfies with Iowa voters may have been intended to undermine DeSantis. However, these remarks are likely to make DeSantis more relatable to voters who seek authenticity in a political landscape often dominated by polished politicians who excel at saying the right things but appear insincere. Moreover, Romney's statement that DeSantis is more intelligent than Trump, with an implied suggestion that intelligence can be a liability, reinforces the image of DeSantis as a capable leader.
The DeSantis campaign wasted no time responding to Romney's criticism, pointing out that he characterizes DeSantis as "dangerous" and "authoritarian" solely based on his enactment of conservative policies. This narrative, portraying DeSantis as more dangerous and smarter than Trump, has been promoted by the left and mainstream media for some time. However, as previously observed, such attacks tend to backfire and bolster support for the candidate being targeted.
What makes this endorsement from Romney even more ironic is that he is often seen as the archetype of a "respectable candidate" within the Republican Party. Nevertheless, his past unsuccessful presidential campaigns have revealed that voters are seeking more than a moderate or left-leaning candidate. Romney might believe that his remarks are detrimental to DeSantis, but, in reality, they are reinforcing DeSantis' image as a strong conservative leader.
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In conclusion, Romney's unintentional endorsement of DeSantis is expected to significantly boost his presidential campaign. It will present DeSantis as a relatable, intelligent, and competent leader unafraid to implement conservative policies. Conversely, Romney's comments only underscore the notion that he is out of touch with Republican voters, and his endorsement is likely to be met with skepticism.