Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has skyrocket to the forefront of national politics. He’s made an unexpected observation about the Supreme Court.
And what Ron DeSantis said about Clarence Thomas now has all hell breaking loose.
Truly, there’s only about three candidates who have a really solid shot at winning the 2024 presidential election.
Those three are, of course, Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden.
Joe Biden’s numbers are looking worse as every day passes, so it could be a two-way race between DeSantis and Trump already.
DeSantis knows this and he’s gearing up for tough primary race against Trump. But he knows that he needs to court Trump’s 2016 and 2020 supporters.
One aspect about Trump’s first term in office that his supporters loved was his success in getting three conservative judges confirmed to the Supreme Court bench.
They were hard fought nominations and the Supreme Court now has a very solid conservative majority as a result of it.
But Ron DeSantis seems to want more.
At a convention in Orlando, Florida this week, Ron DeSantis commented that he believes that conservatives can get a 7-2 majority on the Supreme Court bench with a solid President serving the next eight years after Joe Biden.
DeSantis noted that replacements for Thomas and Alito would be difficult, but could be critical to securing a decades-long conservative majority.
“I think if you look over the next two presidential terms, there is a good chance that you could be called upon to seek replacements for Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito, and the issue with that is, you can’t really do better than those two,” DeSantis said according to the Washington Post.
Specifically, Sotomayor’s spot is the one that conservatives would be hoping to flip within the next eight years to give the 7-2 majority.
But that just might require the next President to be a two-term Republican, depending on how the chips fall. In this case, Trump wouldn’t be able to make that happen as he’s already served one term.
“So it is possible that in those eight years, we have the opportunity to fortify justices.”
Alito and Thomas as well as actually make improvements with those others, and if you were able to do that, you would have a 7-2 conservative majority on the Supreme Court that would last a quarter century,” DeSantis said.
This could be a major campaign talking point for Ron DeSantis during the Republican primaries.
Conservatives generally agree that Donald Trump’s biggest impact on the future of America in a positive way is most definitely the re-shaping of the Supreme Court by adding Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett to the bench.
DeSantis might want to harp on the possibility that he could be a strong eight year President that will have the chance to replace Sotomayor, something Trump was praised for when he replaced Ginsburg.
The simple truth is that if Trump wins in 2024, the 2028 cycle will be difficult for Republicans to win because Trump will not be an incumbent. It’d be great for conservatives in the short term to kick Biden to the curb, but it sacrifices some future security.
It’s hard to imagine DeSantis having a tough re-election in 2028, though. Which makes the decision between DeSantis and Trump difficult for many as they are both strong picks.
Stay tuned to the DC Daily Journal.