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Failure to Launch: The DeSantis Debacle

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Nation Weekly
May 26, 2023
When Ron DeSantis finally got to announcing his bid for president this week on Twitter, he trashed Joe Biden for his “woke” politics, claimed that Black leaders under other Florida administrations were there because of “identity politics,” and hyped his lame response to the Covid pandemic—which is expected to be one of his major lines of attack on Trump.

“Overall, the night will be remembered as a DeSantis debacle,” writes our national affairs correspondent Joan Walsh. But don’t be fooled: “DeSantis remains dangerous…for his ideas—if not his political clout.”

Failure to Launch: The DeSantis Debacle
The jokes write themselves after Ron DeSantis’s campaign opener, on Twitter with cartoon villain Elon Musk, flames out as badly as some SpaceX rockets.
Joan Walsh
When Tina Turner Rocked Out for George McGovern
The “Queen of Rock and Roll” usually stayed out of politics. But in 1972, she headlined a remarkable rally for the anti-war senator’s presidential campaign.
John Nichols
The “Chaos” at the Border Is by Design
As a presidential candidate in 2020, Biden criticized Trump for “drastically” restricting access to asylum. Now he’s doing the very same thing.
Gaby Del Valle, The Nation
The Killing of Banko Brown Shows What San Francisco’s Real Crisis Looks Like
A Black, trans, unhoused man was shot to death by a security guard. The DA refused to press charges. Why isn’t the national media paying attention?
Toshio Meronek
Liberating a Palestinian Novel From Israeli Prison
The Trinity of Fundamentals, a book Wisam Rafeedie penned while imprisoned, is a stirring account of dissidence and resistance to the Occupation.
Danya Al-Saleh, Samar Al-Saleh
Is Planned Parenthood Too Cautious? Plus: Writing and Politics
On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, Eyal Press reports on abortion rights organizations, and Adam Shatz talks about politically committed writers.
Jon Wiener
Biden, the Republicans, and the Debt Ceiling
On this episode of The Time of Monsters, Brian Beutler discusses the dangers of caving in on the debt ceiling.
Jeet Heer

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