July 24, 2024 4:44 pm
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Opinion | If a Nevada Republican Presidential Caucus Falls in a Forest…


by Hugh Jackson, Nevada Current

There doesn’t really seem to be a “Ron DeSantis campaign.” He’s outsourced most of it to the Never Back Down PAC. In the past I’ve suggested the more appropriate name for the PAC would be “Never Fight Back,” since DeSantis has been so squeamish about suggesting Donald Trump is anything but practically perfect in every way.

Anyway, the DeSantis PAC is … well … backing down, and scaling back activity (inasmuch as there has been any) in Nevada.

The PAC suggests it’s because:

A) the Nevada State Republican Party is holding a dumb caucus, which is just going to confuse everyone because the state is holding a primary two days earlier and;B) the caucus, run as it is by fake elector and Trump cult lieutenant Michael McDonald, is rigged for Trump.

Because who knows when the chance may again present itself, if ever, allow me to take this opportunity to say that the DeSantis PAC, in this instance, is actually right about something.

But its suggestion that those are the main reasons it is pulling back resources (inasmuch as there have been any) in Nevada is also mere excuse-making – an attempt to deflect attention away from the underlying problem, i.e., the awkward inadequacy that is Ron DeSantis, presidential candidate.

California doesn’t have a silly caucus rigged for Trump. Nor does North Carolina. Texas, neither. And DeSantis forces (inasmuch as there are any) have been yanked from those (delegate-rich) Super Tuesday states as well.

NBC says there’s another Republican presidential campaign that is also weirded out by Nevada’s cockamamie caucus/primary chaos, albeit anonymously – NBC didn’t name which campaign.

So which other campaigns might think Nevada’s role in the 2024 Republican presidential nomination process is a full-on farcical omnishambles? As Sarah Palin answered when Katie Couric asked her what newspapers and magazines she reads, “all of them.” (Inasmuch as any of the campaigns have given Nevada any thought at all.)

If only for the entertainment value if not any influence on the nomination, Nevada can hope that some unimaginable series of implausible events will somehow render Nevada’s primary (but not the caucus, which is a lost cause), if not meaningful, at least interesting. Alas, with each passing day, that hope seems more forlorn.

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