For all the cries about “DeathSantis,” Gov. Ron DeSantis is in better shape than his critics may realize.
Sure, he’s presiding over a state that is regularly seeing 17,000, 18,000 even 20,000 new cases of COVID-19 a day in recent weeks.
Yes, he aligned himself with President Donald Trump right from the start, an allegiance that is more toxic now than ever.
He was inaugurated just two years ago and, after a brief honeymoon in which would-be detractors thought for a moment he might actually be a “good” Republican, COVID-19 came along to whisk away any shred of bipartisanship that had existed in his early months.
Critics, most of whom are unrelentingly harsh, bash DeSantis over and over again for mishandling the pandemic — there was not nor will there be a statewide mask mandate and the vaccine rollout had an unenviable and botched rollout — but their battle cries may be shaping up to be the equivalent of throwing spaghetti at a wall.
Don’t get me wrong, some of the criticism is warranted. DeSantis’ early decisions on the pandemic likely cost lives and certainly he had more than enough time to ensure shots in