POLITICO Ready to Pronounce DeSantis Run Dead – Watch

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took a trip to Washington D.C. this week as a part of a larger national tour that seems to be a trial run for the upcoming presidential campaign. 

If you read the headlines from places like “Politico,” you would think that his run for the presidency is over even before it officially began.

“Politico” already has three articles out about the governor’s time in the nation’s capital, and here are the headlines:

  • DeSantis gets warm words at GOP Hill event, but few endorsements
  • Playbook: How Trump ambushed DeSantis in D.C.
  • DeSantis is in a rut. His trek to D.C. didn’t help.

All three of these stories attempt to nail DeSantis as failing on this trip. They say that he is in a “rut,” but that seems to ignore the new polling that has come out indicating that he is outperforming former President Trump. 

Take a look at what “Politico” has written:

DONALD TRUMPS RON — It was supposed to be RON DeSANTIS’ big day on Capitol Hill. Yet DONALD TRUMP managed to overshadow him from almost 1,000 miles away.

In the 24 hours leading up to the Florida governor’s much-anticipated meeting with GOP lawmakers, two members from his state — Reps. JOHN RUTHERFORD and GREG STEUBE — endorsed Trump. A third Floridian — Rep. BRIAN MAST, who was once considered close with DeSantis — told CNN’s Mel Zanona that he’ll soon follow suit.

And a few hours later, in a stone-cold act of political brutality, Rep. LANCE GOODEN (R-Texas) walked out of the DeSantis meeting and declared his support for Trump.

It’s a killer!’ said one positively giddy Trump confidant, who was on the phone with Playbook when news of Gooden’s surprise endorsement broke.”

The Florida governor is clearly under attack from the Trump camp, but he is not even a declared candidate yet. The rush to declare DeSantis’ political career essentially over because he didn’t pick up a dozen lawmaker endorsements on Tuesday seems a bit crazy.