Jackie Calmes: Ron DeSantis proves that cruetly is a Republican trait
If ever someone deserves to be called a “cruet,” it’s Republican Ron DeSantis.
I’ll save you.
He’s not even a governor. This is “cruet” only.
He’s a Republican who has gone back on a number of his party’s central tenets, including the notion that the president does not have the power to dissolve the federal government and the proposition that a federal judge could not be removed by the president.
In the latest case, DeSantis ignored a federal court ruling and then, hours after the ruling was issued, reversed course and ordered the state’s attorney general, Brad King, to stop defending the president’s removal of federal judge Dan Aaron Polster.
It is almost painful to watch such a man.
It’s like watching the man who says he will not vote for Donald Trump and then votes for the guy. Or the guy who calls Bill Clinton a rapist but later votes for the guy.
But DeSantis is not a man — he is, in fact, a Republican who has been so used to operating on the fringes that he does not even realize he is operating so.
He has said things like “We are a country under God, not a country under Barack Obama” and has insisted that Congress is “the enemy” on his campaign trail.
I know. I’m old enough to have been one of his supporters.
But the man is a liar, and he proves it time after time.
He believes the very tenets of conservatism that made him a successful businessman, and he believes in the very principles of limited government and federalism that have gotten this country into this mess.
He is, in other words, like a Republican who has been given a pair of wings and told he can fly.
For those of us who knew the man, I would say that in our own best times, his courage was tested.
Now, though, he is running on an agenda that represents the very tenets of conservatism that he once espoused.
The Florida Republican is not the first to flip-flop on those principles, but he is the first to do so with such a dramatic turnabout.
What’s remarkable about this is that he’s not the first GOP candidate to flip-flop on the president, and he is not the