(Chuck Muth) – In response to yesterday’s Muth’s Truths, in which I stated that if the election was held today – which it decidedly is NOT – that I’d vote for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, subscriber Marty Prince emailed…
“BLOCKED! We have enough douche bags I don’t need to follow you”
“Douche bags”? What a classy guy.
Another reader referred to DeSantis as “Desaster” and called him an “idiot, backstabbing, traitor.”
Ah, how to win friends and influence people.
Sadly, former President Donald Trump and *some* of his more rabid fans who hope for a return of “The Donald” to the White House are often their own worst enemies.
#1: You win elections by ADDITION, not subtraction.
For Trump to come back and beat Biden next year (*if* Biden is the nominee), he’s going to need to get MORE voters than he did in 2020, not fewer.
And at this point, the level of hate held against Trump – as deranged and unhinged as it is – is at least as strong, if not stronger, than it was the last time.
Which means to win, he needs to win over “persuadables” – people willing to consider voting for him in 2024 but are suffering from a severe bout of Trump fatigue. Put me in that camp.
I don’t care if it’s Trump or DeSantis or any of the other Republicans who wins the White House next year. No matter who it is, they’ll be light years better than Sleepy Joe & the Cackler.
So for me, it’s all about who convinces me they have the best chance to win the November general election. And if I had to cast my ballot today, it’d be for DeSantis even though I was a staunch Trump supporter in 2016 and 2020.
If Trump and his die-hard fans want my vote, then persuade me that he has the best chance to win the general election. NOT the primary. The general.
Now…I’m going to vote for Trump if he’s the nominee. However, if Trump supporters keep attacking supporters of the other GOP candidates with all the personal bile and vitriol I’ve gotten since my column yesterday, others won’t.
Remember, over 120,000 active registered Republican voters in Nevada did NOT vote at all in the 2020 presidential general election. They stayed home.
So if you don’t want a repeat of that next year, then stop trashing the supporters of other GOP presidential candidates – the majority of whom are good, solid conservatives, not RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) or “douche bags.”
You’re gonna need ‘em in the general.
#2: Stop whining about DeSantis not “waiting his turn.”
Look, I get it. Have heard it a million times. Had DeSantis waited four years, he’d have been the front-runner for the GOP nomination in 2028.
But that train has left the station. Whether you think he should have waited or not, he didn’t. He’s running THIS cycle. It is no longer an open question. It’s a reality. So get over it and deal with what is, not what you wish it was.
Ditto the notion that DeSantis should be Trump’s veep. Yeah, I thought that made sense six months ago, too. But it’s not going to happen. OK, it still might…but the odds are strongly against it.
Why would DeSantis risk getting the ol’ “Mike Pence Treatment”?
#3: Another subscriber wrote…
“The fact is, Trump will be our nominee. … I’ll bet you a c-note that Trump will be the Republican nominee.”
“You know Chuck, I am getting a little tired of reading your comments about POTUS Trump… Get this through your head. DeSantis will never beat Biden or any other Democrat, PERIOD.”
OK, fine. That’s your opinion. And you might be right.
But if you REALLY believe that, then why p*ss in the Wheaties of conservatives and Republicans who are supporting other candidates right now? If Trump has it in the bag, why go scorched earth on the other candidates and their supporters?
As I’ve noted over and over again, Trump is going to need those Republicans in the general if he turns out to be the nominee. Why? At the risk of repeating myself, because you win elections by ADDITION, not subtraction.
#4: Give the Jeb Bush crud a rest.
Look, I have no love for the Bush clan. And I’m reminded of that every time I’m accosted at the airport by the TSA.
But just because the Bushes are supporting DeSantis doesn’t mean DeSantis is another Bush. Indeed, while Jeb supported amnesty for illegal aliens, DeSantis recently stated that illegal aliens trying to break through our border wall would risk getting shot if he’s president.
And remember the old adage that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
The Bushes hate Trump – especially Jeb after what Trump did to him in the 2016 GOP primary. So is it really any surprise that the former governor of Florida is supporting the current governor of Florida in the 2024 GOP presidential primary?
Frankly, it doesn’t mean beans. DeSantis is his own man, whether you like him or not.
The Wonderful World of Disney
Marketing expert Dan Kennedy weighs in on Disney’s ongoing travails…
On its first weekend, the new movie about the old Indiana Jones laid a box office egg, bringing in $160-million from all sources vs. a $250-million production cost. Its owner, Disney, will be lucky just to break even over many months, mostly from foreign distribution.
It is my contention that the movie industry is destroying itself. And when Disney looks in the magic mirror and asks, “Who’s the dumbest of them all?” the mirror will say, “You.”
Disney has the added problem of alienating huge numbers of Dads and Moms with its political misadventures, remaking of classic films to force “diversity,” etc. In the first quarter of 2023, they had a net loss of 4-million Disney+ subscribers. People ARE saying: “We want NOTHING to do with Disney. Not even Indiana Jones.”
Go woke. Go broke.
The Cackler Steps in Deep Doo-Doo
The Human Gaffe Machine, Vice President Kamala Harris, did it again. In a speech in Baltimore this past weekend, Harris said…
“When we invest in clean energy and electric vehicles and reduce population, more of our children can breathe clean air and drink clean water.”
“Reduce population”? I guess now we know why she’s such a staunch supporter of abortion.
The shovel brigade charged with walking behind Kamala and cleaning up her mess jumped in to say she misspoke (naturally), claiming Biden’s #2 meant to say “reduce pollution.”
And if you believe that one…
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“Communist China currently owns over 380,000 acres of American farmland. America cannot give China more control of our food supply, which is why I was especially proud to support the provision that will prevent adversaries like China from purchasing agricultural land.” – Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV)
Mr. Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, publisher of Nevada News & Views, and founder of CampaignDoctor.com. You can sign up for his conservative, Nevada-focused e-newsletter at MuthsTruths.com. His views are his own.