Oh, the political circus is in full swing, and Governor Ron DeSantis is gearing up to unleash a rhetorical sledgehammer. A leaked debate memo from the pro-DeSantis super PAC Never Back Down has unveiled their strategy to target businessman Vivek Ramaswamy. It seems the gloves are off, and the conservative world is about to witness some verbal fireworks.
The New York Times, always at the forefront of liberal sensationalism, was quick to jump on this memo, gleefully sharing it with the world. The memo, apparently concocted by the Republican strategist Jeff Roe, chief architect of Never Back Down, provides a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of a campaign machinery.
The memo does not hold back when it comes to DeSantis’ tactics. They want him to take a “sledgehammer” to Ramaswamy, labeling him as “Fake Vivek” or the “Vivek the Fake.” It’s a sassy attempt to hit where it hurts and ruffle some feathers. But that’s not all – the memo is full of other pearls of wisdom. DeSantis is advised to leap to the defense of former President Trump should Chris Christie raise his voice against him.
“Defend Trump when Chris Christie attacks him,” they say. Oh, how typical! The establishment is always ready to rally around Trump when they think it suits their agenda. But hey, this is politics, and nothing is off-limits when the spotlight is on.
And let’s not forget Senator Tim Scott, who seems to be featured more often in this memo than common sense in some political circles. Clearly, Never Back Down is fixated on the potential threat posed by Ramaswamy, Scott, and Christie. They must be losing sleep over the possibility of someone else gaining momentum.
But wait, there’s more. The leaked memo, a treasure trove of strategic gems, also touches on internal polling. Ramaswamy, they claim, is surging in New Hampshire. Public polling supposedly shows him inching up the ladder, making DeSantis a bit uneasy. According to Real Clear Politics, DeSantis stands at second place with 14.8 percent, while Ramaswamy lags behind at third with 6.9 percent. That must sting a bit.
In a predictably petty fashion, Ramaswamy took to Twitter to coin a new nickname for DeSantis – “robot Ron.” It’s almost adorable how politicians try to belittle each other with these playground tactics. Perhaps Ramaswamy should invest in a thesaurus to come up with something a bit more imaginative.
And let’s not forget the Tell It Like It Is super PAC, ever so cheeky with their response to the memo. “Be yourself, and Tell It Like It Is,” they say. Bravo, sarcasm at its finest. These PACs sure know how to entertain.
Now, while it’s not entirely shocking that PACs play these strategy games, the surprising twist here is the public exposure of these documents. It’s almost as if they want the world to see their inner machinations, or perhaps it’s a strategic misdirection, who knows?
In the grand scheme of things, this memo is just another nail in the ever-growing coffin of DeSantis’ campaign. With layoffs, a campaign manager shuffle, and slipping poll numbers, it’s clear that the “strongest candidate” rhetoric is starting to crumble. A recent Quinnipiac University poll even showed his support in the GOP primary hitting rock bottom.