The Memo: How Biden’s document controversy could help Ron DeSantis


The furor over President Biden’s handling of sensitive documents could have an unexpected beneficiary: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

The reason is simple. While the controversy self-evidently makes Biden more vulnerable, it also ensures endless mentions of former President Trump’s own troubles with apparently classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.

If there is a third option for the presidency in 2024, DeSantis is clearly best placed right now. Double trouble for Biden and Trump is good news for the recently reelected Florida governor.

“It’s not very profound, but if there are three competitors and two of them are suspected of some crime or moral shortcoming, then the one who isn’t has to look good by comparison,” said John ‘Mac’ Stipanovich, a longtime Republican operative in Florida.

Stipanovich, a critic of both DeSantis and Trump despite his…

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