BREAKING NEWS, EVERYONE: Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis might not be the devil after all.

Axios is on it:

You don’t say.

He may deserve an apology, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to just get one. Not without getting smacked around a little more, anyway.

More from Axios:

After a solid year of living with a pandemic, the national press is beginning to ask the question that even Democrats have been quietly pondering in the Sunshine State: Was Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pandemic response right for Florida?

Don’t forget: More than 32,000 Floridians have died, a number the state’s leaders rarely acknowledge, but our death rate is no worse than the national average — and better than some states with tighter restrictions.

Don’t forget that Floridians have died!

Not sure anyone — including Ron DeSantis — has forgotten that, but OK.


Our thought bubble: We’ve long known that the state’s pro-business Republican leadership was making a sort of grand bargain: that the death toll was the price paid for keeping commerce flowing and keeping kids in school.

  • The closer you are to either loss or to the fullness of life will likely determine how you feel about the state’s response.


You can tell Axios is having a really difficult time acknowledging that Ron DeSantis might not be as horrible as the media said he was.

And some people are having an even more difficult time with that:

Obviously Axios is in the tank for Ron DeSantis.

When you dedicate your news coverage to slamming a politician from the wrong party and then have to admit that maybe you jumped the gun a little bit, expect to receive some pushback from the people you originally set out to please.