Donald Trump plays 'Cousin Eddie' in Florida's gubernatorial race – Florida Politics (blog)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, that modern holiday classic featuring the Griswold family, does not really get going — even with Chevy Chase‘s Clark putting up 250 strands of lights — until Randy Quaid‘s Cousin Eddie shows up on the front lawn, dressed in a robe, his trailer in the driveway.
Florida’s all-important gubernatorial race did not really get going — even with six announced candidates and John Morgan looming over the race — until Donald Trump, the Cousin Eddie of American politics, showed up on Twitter to “endorse” U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis as his choice in 2018.
Congressman Ron DeSantis is a brilliant young leader, Yale and then Harvard Law, who would make a GREAT Governor of Florida. He loves our Country and is a true FIGHTER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2017
“Congressman Ron DeSantis is a brilliant young leader, Yale and then Harvard Law, who would make a GREAT Governor of Florida. He loves our Country and is a true FIGHTER!,” Trump tweeted the Friday before Christmas.
Of course, Santis‘ campaign team declared the president’s tweet an endorsement. Never mind that DeSantis, who has a campaign account open with the Federal Elections Commission to run again for his U.S. House seat, hasn’t opened an account to run for governor.
Trump’s tweet, like a membership in the Jelly of the Month, is the gift that keeps on giving throughout an entire election cycle.
For DeSantis, it instantly propels him to the top tier of Republican aspirants for the Governor’s Mansion, despite his lackluster performance on the campaign trail for Marco Rubio‘s U.S. Senate seat before the incumbent decided he would run again.
But Trump’s tweet is also a gift for almost every other candidate, too.
First of all, as Democratic