The bloom is off the rose when it comes to the Ron DeSantis 2024 campaign, and Casey DeSantis must not be happy about this. The realities of running a long campaign should be setting in for the people who are working on the DeSantis campaign, but honestly, they’re in such disarray by mid-July that they don’t seem to have a specific person listed as the campaign manager.
Who would want to take credit for this disaster? This campaign has thus far exhibited all the action and romance of the Jeb Bush 2016 campaign when he literally had to tell the audience to clap for him. It’s really sad to watch.
It really is too bad. Ron DeSantis is one of the greatest conservative governors that any of us have seen in our lifetimes. He’s going to be so politically wounded after this that he may not ever recover.
The same thing happened to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2016. Have you ever held Cruz in the same esteem since the nominating convention that year, when he self-immolated by refusing to endorse Donald Trump?
DeSantis is already trailing badly in the estimated delegate projections at this point. He’ll put up a good showing, but as of this moment, there is no chance of him winning the primary against President Trump. I know that upsets a lot of DeSantis supporters but it’s true.
The campaign financial disclosures that have come out for the just-concluded quarter tell an even more dismal tale, which no amount of weird, softball interviews with Jake Tapper on CNN can spin. During the quarter that ended on June 30, the DeSantis campaign took in $20.1 million. Only 15% of that was from small donors, which are the backbone of any successful campaign.
85% of the DeSantis contributions came from Wall Street, hedge fund managers, wealthy Never Trumpers who hate the idea of our brash battering ram of a candidate ending up back in the White House, and other similar well-off individuals and companies that are completely out of touch with MAGA world.
More than $14 million of the DeSantis campaign cash came from large-dollar donors who maxed out their contribution limit. They can’t legally donate to DeSantis again this year.
President Trump during the same time period had more than 1 million small contributions from everyday Americans, who donated an average of $34.20 to the campaign.
Do you see the problem for DeSantis right there? President Trump is a man of the people, and he can go to his massive support base again and again for donations. $34.20? That’s less than most Americans pay month-to-month to service one credit card debt. And they can donate over and over and over again.
85% of the DeSantis donors cannot donate again. They’re big on cash but small in number, whereas we MAGA people may be small on the money side—but we are fiercely loyal to Trump, and we are a massive majority. The DeSantis campaign is simply running out of runway space.
DeSantis ended June with $12.2 million in cash on hand, having spent $8 million on 92 staffers who don’t know what the hell they’re doing. Trump finished June with $22.2 million on hand. Less than two months in, DeSantis has burned through 40% of his big-money donations. He has no one else to turn to at this point but the American people, and we’re not buying what he’s selling.
The donors are already sniffing around to find a replacement. Some of the big money folks have headed to South Carolina to meet with Sen. Tim Scott, because they’re thinking of backing him. Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch have taken a break from tooling around on their yachts in Maldives to try to court Glenn Youngkin.
None of this is to suggest that we shouldn’t support DeSantis and vote for him if he’s the eventual nominee through some weird twist of fate. The recent fluff pieces on DeSantis on CNN suggest that the Deep State believes they’ll put Trump in prison before the general election, and DeSantis will become the de facto nominee.
Jeb Bush burned through $130 million in 2016 and never laid a glove on Trump. DeSantis is down to $12 million in just three months. The campaign fired about a dozen people over the weekend after the disastrous results in the Turning Point Action Conference, where Trump drew more than 85% of the vote.
It’s not going to be pretty, but I think this is going to be over soon.