Monday, July 16, 2007

DeSantis Seems Serious

The Trib's David M. Brown reports that Mark DeSantis has assembled a star-studded phalanx of political operatives.

Among the notables is Neil Newhouse, a national figure whose highlight reel would include an assist in knocking off Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle in 2004.

Nonetheless, some pundit from W & J says:

"It would take a Herculean effort by an opponent to make any significant challenge to Ravenstahl at this time," DiSarro said. "But politics is volatile. There are all sorts of pitfalls between now and November. DeSantis is positioning himself in case Ravenstahl should commit some kind of irreparable misstep."

Herculean. Not Periclean.

At the press conference we totally missed this morning, DeSantis challenged incumbent Luke Ravenstahl to sign five campaign pledges, and to agree to eight debates.

The Comet considers it unlikely that Luke would consent to anything proposed by someone who has The Relationship with President Bush.


  1. I do believe Luke will not agree to any pledges.
    However, I do not believe it has anything to do with Mark's affiliation with H.W. Bush. Mark did not work for the current President Bush. Luke continuously states that Mark worked for the current administration. He either does not realize there are 2 Bush presidents. (This is a very likely scenario considering his lack of sophistication.) Alternatively, he may be intentionally misleading people. (This is another likely scenario considering his distaste for honesty.)
    Regardless, let's keep the facts straight.

  2. Right on, right on.

    At the same time, since DeSantis is running in a city that is 5-1 D's over R's, and the present R president has such high disapproval ratings, mightn't DeSantis gain some traction by going out of his way to make it crystal clear to us just what he thinks of the reign of GWB?

  3. Good point. I think it will be very interesting to see what he says on the traditional 'R' issues and the specific issue of 'W' and his policies. He appears to be a moderate.