Governor DeSantis is making a good first impression on the voters.
But if the states no longer serve as laboratories, they can still serve as breeding grounds for independent thought, which can give rise on occasion to enclaves of restive citizens aspiring atavistically to self-government. Accidents can happen.
One such accident occurred in Florida last November.
With little to lose, DeSantis gave Trump the full bear-hug.
In a late-August primary, Trump, er, DeSantis won the GOP nomination in a night filled with surprises.
For Ron DeSantis, it was good to be the accidental governor.
Governor DeSantis is making a good first impression on the voters. While he was elected by a whisker, his approval ratings have now shot up to 60 percent, far exceeding the numbers for senators Scott and Marco Rubio.
DeSantis is moving even more rapidly on the policy side.
I have just returned from two days in Tallahassee. On the long drive home, I found myself turning over the kind of question that engages the political junkie.
Neal B. Freeman is a former editor and columnist for National Review and the founding producer of Firing Line.