What can you say about the guy? That Ron DeSantis was obnoxious? That he came off as weird? His failure to replace Donald Trump as the likely Republican nominee for president seemed preordained. His mistake was copying Trump’s penchant for cruelty without absorbing any of the ex-president’s talents as a performer.
When they were handing out the charm, DeSantis was off drowning kittens.
The apparent rationale for the Florida governor’s campaign was that he would be right-wing like Trump without the baggage of having lost an election and supporting an insurrection. But then he broke into the…