DeSantis’s Slippery Ukraine Maneuvering

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“DeSantis is looking for a way to run against Biden on Ukraine without embracing full-on opposition to the policy. What he has come up with is to misrepresent Biden’s position in order to make Biden seem more aggressive and reckless than he has been. Then DeSantis essentially endorses the status quo while posing as a bold critic. This is a bit reminiscent of how Mitt Romney ran against Obama’s foreign policy. Because Romney didn’t really differ that much with Obama on substance on most issues, he usually had to distort Obama’s record to make the policy differences between them seem vast. … As political triangulation goes, DeSantis’[s] statement works fairly well as long as you don’t care about accuracy.” (03/14/23)