Thursday on Fox Business' Kudlow, contributor Kellyanne Conway said that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) spends "way too much time on the culture wars," while trying to explain why he's not doing better in 2024 presidential polls.
Conway set up the issue by saying:
President Trump is pulling away because he's out there at his full-time job campaigning for president. He has announced filed paperwork five-plus months ago. If you want to win, you have to play. So many others are supposedly running. Ron DeSantis has a huge war chest. He has done a great job as governor of Florida. He has lots of time to have a splashy announcement, hired consultants, maybe right people, maybe not. But he’s wasted five and a half months. I think we’ll look at the period of time between November and May – six months, and say, ‘What in the world happened?’ DeSantis and Trump flipped places within the polls.
She blamed his focus on culture wars for his polling woes and encouraged him to focus more on the economy, education, and crime.
He spends way too much time on the culture wars, and that begins with Disney and includes many other things. Woke is important, but you can’t have that as a replacement for a bold, growth-centric economic plan. I think DeSantis should have policy people flying into Tallahassee the last six months and laying out what they saw a great tax plan, energy plan, education plan, crime plan. He hasn’t done that.
It may be a calculated move on DeSantis's part to capitalize on culture issues that have animated several state campaigns, but it doesn't seem to be making much headway against Trump.
Then again, he hasn't even announced his candidacy yet, so we don't really know what he's got up his sleeve at that time.