Gov. Ron DeSantis Has Some Words Of Wisdom For The GOP: Don’t Be “Boneless Wonders”
“The minute you go up there and you’re scared of the media, you’re scared they’re going to say bad things about you and you cave, those voters have no use for you after that”
You just know that wimpy whiners like smarmy Mittens McRomneyCare and Liz let’s find some country to bomb Cheney are horrified by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. He has been described as Trump without the Twitter fury and as Trumpian with polish, and he is hugely appealing to the GOP base.
Unlike (say) Romney and Cheney who are ridiculous dinosaurs clinging to “compassionate conservatism” (i.e. progressivism, lite and slow) and their war-mongering glory days of yore, DeSantis understands not only what the GOP base is hungry for in terms of standing ground and fighting back but that a shift is required from groveling and “measured” milquetoast defense to full-on, pull-no-punches offense in dealing with the leftists and their media propagandists (plus Big Tech enforcers, etc.).
And DeSantis is not afraid to say so . . . directly to Republicans. He urges the GOP to stand up, to stand up to the press, to the commie left, to Big Tech, and most importantly to stand up for the American people.
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BizPacReview has the transcript:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis didn’t hold back at a Washington, DC Republican dinner where he shredded the media and warned conservatives “we don’t have time for boneless wonders,” referring to spineless GOP politicians.
DeSantis started out by excoriating the media for never apologizing for promoting the false Russian collusion conspiracy that was intended to smear former President Trump. He remarked that the media loves to “gaslight” and smear people.
“You’ve got a press that for over two years created a fake conspiracy theory involving Russian collusion. I was in Congress when that started. I was only one of a handful of people who knew that was BS from the beginning. But they did it. And they milked it. And was all because they disagreed with the outcome of the 2016 election,” DeSantis said.
“They talked about complaining about 2020? They never accepted Donald Trump. They created and manufactured a conspiracy theory to try to drive him out office and to kneecap him and his presidency and we know it was false. We know that there was no truth to it,” he asserted.
“Have any of them actually apologized?” DeSantis asked ostensibly referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller finding no evidence to support the charges. “Heck, have any of them even said, ‘We were wrong about that’? No, they give each other awards. They actually award Pulitzer Prizes for reporting false stories.”
“So that’s where we are,” he noted. “They gaslight. They display partisanship. They smear people. It’s all to create a blizzard of lies, trying to blind the American people from the actual truth. And so we live in Orwellian times in which the powers that be want to tell us that up is down and left is right,” DeSantis contended.
DeSantis is right, of course, and he’s also pointing out that none of this was because of Donald Trump. Any Republican who won in 2016 would have been treated the same way, and we know that because we saw progressive nominal Republican McRomneyCare accused of causing cancer, accused of dog abuse, being wrong about Russia and China, accused on the Senate floor of being a tax cheat, and being a “binders full of women” misogynist.
Romney would have been impeached and investigated and given the Goebbels media treatment . . . and he would have folded faster than a poker player with a deuce-seven off-suit in Texas hold ’em. Heck, he would have resigned in disgrace because that’s just who he is. The GOP base, as DeSantis correctly notes, does not respect “boneless wonders” and wants no part of them.
Bizpac Review continues:
“And when a society like ours is veering away from the truth like we are, those that stand up and tell truth will face fire. That type of society goes after the truth-tellers more than anything because they understand those who tell the truth represent a threat to their power. So in times like these, there is no substitute for courage. Courage in the face of a dishonest press. Courage to stare down things like cancel culture. Courage to speak up for those in America, many of whom don’t have a voice,” he continued.
“Winston Churchill told a story during the appeasement in the 1930s when he was in the Parliament,” the conservative governor recounted. “And he talked about when he was a kid, the Barnum & Bailey was coming to town and there was an act that was just too grotesque for human eyes. His nanny wouldn’t let him go see it. It was called the ‘boneless wonder.’ And he said, ‘I think now, where is this boneless wonder?’ He said it’s now no longer in the circus; it’s in the front row of the House of Commons.” DeSantis stated. “These are people that weren’t standing up against Adolf Hitler.”
“So right now conservatives, we don’t have time for boneless wonders,” he admonished them. “You get elected to office, you need to be willing to stand up. Stand up against the press. … You stand up and you’re strong in your convictions, there are millions and millions of people out there that will be with you forever. The minute you go up there and you’re scared of the media, you’re scared they’re going to say bad things about you and you cave, those voters have no use for you after that,” he told the room.
“So I can only tell you for me, I’m gonna keep walking the line. I am gonna stand my ground. I am not backing down. We’ve accomplished an awful lot in the state of Florida, but I can tell you this: I’ve only begun to fight,” DeSantis concluded as he was given a standing ovation.
This is a winning message, and if the GOP actually embraced it, they would be unbeatable because DeSantis is right, there are millions upon millions of Americans who want to see someone, anyone, stand up for and defend America.
The vast majority of the American people want someone to say we are not a racist nation, that we are actually and undeniably exceptional, and that we will not take a knee to the joyless, heartless, truly racist and misogynist cancel culture left in all its divisive and destructive forms across every American institution from the military to K-12 education and universities to the media to law and to healthcare and beyond.
The GOP is often referred to, by its own voters, as the “Stupid Party.” Something has changed in recent years, though, and DeSantis is exactly right. Today’s Republican voters are over voting for the Smarmy Amnesty McLet’s Start a War types just because they sport an (R) that, to many Republican and right-leaning Indies, might as well be a Skittle-pooping unicorn icon.
Those once-reliable Republican voters are no longer ready to reluctantly soft support or half-heartedly defend–or, most importantly, to actually pull a vote for–wimpy progressive Republicans who won’t stand up to the un- and anti-American onslaught and who are unwilling or unable to defend our nation and her people. Can the GOP figure that out? In time to win Congressional majorities in 2022 and the White House in 2024?
DeSantis lays out an easy and clear shift the party needs to make, but to quote Obama on Biden, never underestimate the GOP’s ability to “f*ck things up.”
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You had that in 45!
You also have 45 to thank for having a fucking backbone and shoving it up the Democrat media like they’ve never had it shoved up them before.
And that’s why jackasses like Bitch McConnell, Graham, and Romney HATED him. Because he showed what weak cowards they were.
It’s not that they’re ‘weak’ – it’s that they are CORRUPT: they’re in on the looting as much as any democrat.
Follow the money.
Weak and corrupt, it goes hand in hand
Boneless wonders? I’m thinking wordsmith Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana could take lessons from Governor DeSantis. 😉
Conservatives are utterly SICK of talk show tough guys like Grahamnesty, Grassley, Bitch McConnell, and McCarthy.
DeSantis was my Congressman and now Governor. He was always knows as a faithful conservative and yet an aloof politician here in Florida. What has surprised me is that he has remade the Republican Party here in Florida and took away from the JEB! fans and Rubio wing. DeSantis is making himself into “the politician”. Why not, Biden will never cut it as President and the nation is figuring it out. The question is how much will Ron’s popularity grow outside of Florida?
How much, a mile high
Every day I thank God that I can live in Florida on Ron DeSantis’ watch. As enthusiastic as I am about his presidential prospects, I am sobered by two unpleasant realities:
1) that he won by only 33,000 votes out of over 7 million cast over a black radical later found dead drunk and on the downlow in a sleazy Miami hotel room in the presence of meth use. Too close for comfort.
2) I felt the same about Scott Walker in 2016 before he crashed and burned. I hope Ron learned from Walker’s experience.
As to your first point, it is less of an issue. Florida is about to turn Republican in voter registration (there are less than 23,000 votes between the both parties). I fact, I work at times on my days off to register voters. Ron’s chances on voter appeal alone and registration are enhanced by that alone. I don’t worry to much about that. By the way, since you live in Florida what part are you doing to help him get re-elected?
Secondly, the Scott Walker issue is a more valid concern. Ron ran as the Trump guy and had no real platform to get to Tallahassee. He is there now and though his conservative credentials are solid, how does he appeal to the average lazy American voter is the issue. Only time will tell.
Well, Scott Walker was a great governor, but he was a horrible (and we all know he was a horrible) public speaker. He always reminded me of those super-sad-faced dogs (maybe a bloodhound?), and he topped off his droopy appearance with a very monotone delivery of anything he said. It was sad, droopy, somnamulism with Walker. He could declare (or kind of mention) that cancer was cured, and it would sound like he was saying he prefers crinkly to curly fries. The man had no charisma. None. Zero. Zip. Great leader, got things done, super on-target in terms of conservative principles, but any appearance, any speech was like watching paint dry (only painful).
DeSantis does not suffer this problem. He is charismatic, he is quick on his feet in responding to the opposition press, and he is articulate and engaging. I could watch him speak all day, every day. And he’s only getting better at it.
The problem is that most of the Republicans are on the take. They don’t want to end the graft headed their way.
Don’t act like women, he means.
It depends on the woman. I’d trust Tulsi Gabbard’s inner warrior any day over most of the sh-t in the GOP.
Speaking of sh-t: WHERE IS GOP CHAIRWOMAN RONA ROMNEY????????????????
She is very left make no mistake on that
There is no such thing as a fair election with mail in ballots.
DeSantis can help more by staying governor of Florida
In terms of voting candidate rather than party, if he runs for President, I would probably vote for him…as long as he keeps on as he is rather than going the way of Rubio.
My take on Rubio: he jumped into the graft game a long time ago, and now he’s too compromised to raise his voice, lest his graft be exposed.
All the GOP ‘weaklings” are on the money train, and scared they’ll be exposed by the left if they make themselves heard.
This is the difference between someone who is getting meaningful experience running a state and making a living in the legislative branch.. A governor has to get things done, they have to get results, they can’t just go to hearing and shake your fists, you can’t just go to the media and complain every day. They make decisions every day that impact the people of their state. The can’t blame the other party, they are the one who has to get it done.
I’m not sure how much of GOP officialdom he’s actually speaking to. What percentage of elected GOP officials are GOPe/neverTrump?
GOPe isn’t spineless. They actually have little problem with most of the Dems’ agenda. They just want to tax a little less and move a little slower.
They’ve been lying to their base for 30 years about what they stand for. They ratchet up the ‘conservative’ rhetoric for the rubes as election day gets closer and when they want to raise funds. The rest of the time they do as little as possible and make deals with the Dems.
See what the GOPe has actually done about Obamacare, for example.
If Trump runs again one of his biggest challenge will be convincing people he learned from his personnel appointment disasters and that this time around he will be able to identify and avoid appointing subversive GOPe operatives. How actively and aggressively will he clean house?
If DeSantis runs he’ll need to address these issues as well.
DeSamtis is 43. The Republicans need to move on to the next generation in 2024. Let the Dems put up AOC, who will be eligible, just turning 35. My prediction – no “old” candidate will win in 2024.
Boneless wonders? Was he referring to Adm. Levine?
And this is why you never respond to fundraising solicitations from the RNC, or emails from winred.com, or texts from now-21.com (which has been virtually burying me in SMS spam lately). These are the “slush buckets” who fund the RINOs because nobody else will send them targeted money.
The GOP made a tremendous mistake in 2012. With a chance to nominate a fighter like Newt Gingrinch, who had made Bill Clinton bend to his will, it went the safe route with Romney. It did so after McCain had refused to fight 4 years earlier. The party will go down in flames if it devolves to the pre-2016 mess.
I think you are right (not about Newt; I wasn’t a fan) but about the party going down in flames if it tries to push another non-fighter like Jeb! (you KNOW he plans to run again) or even Mike Pence. Pence has a quiet strength that I like, but he is too polite to face, much less defeat, the full onslaught of leftist revolution we are facing. We need a fighter, and that doesn’t mean a rude or gruff person, just someone who gets what’s going on, loves America, and will stop at nothing to save our Republic.
Okay, my first out-loud laugh this Saturday morning:
“… might as well be a Skittle-pooping unicorn icon.”
Thank you for that one, Fuzzy.
Heh, Stu, so happy to make you laugh! I can’t really run with my usual humor here at LI, but I do try to sneak it in now and then. Glad you caught it. Hee!
When Trump took office, the contrast with Obama was instructive; here was a new president who obviously and unashamedly loved his country. And it became obvious that even the last couple of Republican presidents’ patriotism had been weak tea in comparison.
That’s why swamp critters in both parties hate Trump; he exposed the long con for everyone to see.
And this is what we so want, a president who LOVES America. You wouldn’t think that would be so hard to find in freaking America, and yet . . .
As conservatives, we are always told we must compromise, give a little to get something we never wind up getting. If we stand up, we are causing problems, we are rocking the boat, we are making waves, we must sit back down until the time is right.
Well, when is that? When exactly is the ‘right’ time? When our children come back from school hating us because of something we never did? When our hard-earned money is taken from us because ‘we didn’t earn that’ or we happened to have a chunk of cash or nice car that the police wanted? When we speak up at school board meetings and are judged to be domestic terrorists? When our retirement investment is taken away and worthless government IOUs are left in its place? When our house is determined to be the residence of an endangered species which has never been seen in the area, and we are forced to tear it down at our expense? When we are marched off to jail for possessing more firearms than ‘permitted’?
The time is now. Speak up while we can.
I’ve come to the conclusion the “right” time they mean is when grown-up bacon seeds aviate.
We keep walking away from fights while rationalizing why the hill we are fighting for and winning is not the hill we want to die on. We are running out of hills. There are patriots on the ground and at the higher levels fighting the good fight but they get absolutely no support nor media coverage even in the “conservative” media.
To me the right time is to stand your ground wherever you are standing. Dominate the space you occupy. These may seem like small battles but together they add up if enough of us do that. Be the slippery two-year-old who simply cannot be picked up. Refuse to obey. It is something that ALL of us can do and it matters. Make it a central part of your winning narrative.
There is a strong case that we are winning these days but you would never know it reading the “conservative” media.
If you want an example of a patriot putting everything on the line at the moment (naturally, no one is covering it) you need look no further than Dan Bongino who inherited a chunk of Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. A couple of weeks ago, he dared Cumulus Media to either drop their vaccine mandate or fire him. Last week, frustrated with how negotiations were going, he walked off the show.
This isn’t over money, It’s purely about principle. Bongino is vaccinated. He is just taking a stand against corporate mandates and how Cumulus have been firing jab objectors.
This is a major opportunity for “our” team to unite. Who else will take this stand and force dickless (that’s what DeSantis was referring to) corporate Marxists who CHOOSE to be the jab police!
If we are going to win this, we MUST start forcing these Marxists to face consequences. Losing to Marxism is NOT an option. They are not following any rules and so we should not be negotiating. We need to WIN and PURGE these communists out of the system entirely. Winning is the ONLY option. Let’s stop looking for a middle ground. They are in the process of utterly destroying us and yet we do exactly what DeSantis is criticizing us about.
Stand your ground! MAGA!!!!