As Florida Governor and technically still a potential Republican Presidential nominee Ron DeSantis continues to see his standing in pre-election polls fall further and further behind former President and three-time indictee Donald Trump, it’s starting to look more and more likely that DeSantis will remain in office as Florida’s Governor until the state’s next gubernatorial election in November, 2026.
“Wait; when he loses, he’s not done?” queried Marty Banjow of Tampa. “Fuck.”
Many of the people expressing disappointment at this realization didn’t necessarily want to see DeSantis elected President.
“I’m sure he would have sucked as President. But the President always sucks; that’s like a job requirement,” said Brenda Spitzgribble of St. Petersburg. “But the President deals with things like Russia and Israel, stuff that doesn’t impact my day-to-day. He would’ve been out of our hair. Mostly.”
Since DeSantis’ first term as Governor which began in 2019, Florida languishes toward the bottom of national state rankings in terms of quality-of-life issues like health care, long-term elder care and school funding and more. Teachers’ salaries in Florida are among the nation’s lowest and unemployment benefits are lower than in any other state. In 2021, DeSantis unsuccessfully campaigned against a ballot initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage, which had been stuck at $8.65 an hour.
“Oh man, I don’t even want to think of the damage he’ll be capable of when he’s got nothing to do for two years except be butthurt and pout over how he couldn’t even beat the only U.S. President to be impeached twice,” said Marsha Lipps of Dunedin. “At least he can’t run for a third term.”
“He just threatened to start slitting throats if he won”, said Scott Plobbins of Plant City. “Mickey Mouse better have 24-hour security when he loses.”
“This is like when the Bucs, Lightning or Rays get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs,” said Ralph Freener of Clearwater. “Only worse because when the Bucs, Lightning or Rays get knocked out of the playoffs, they don’t go back to their old job of trying to ruin people’s lives.”