Thursday, September 22, 2022

At NatCon, Online Right Leads. Will Traditional Grassroots Follow? | RealClearPolitics

The ability to navigate this online-grassroots divide puts some politicians in a league of their own. That difference was clear among the politicians who spoke at NatCon. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, for example, did an impressive job of hitting the NatCon bullet points – the importance of using power for conservative ends, the lateness of the hour in the face of creeping totalitarianism, the need to rebuke woke corporate America. But sincere as they may be, their language felt tacked-together, copy-pasted from National Conservatism’s mission statement. It was clear to me that they are still adapting to the NatCon movement.

Blake Masters and Ron DeSantis, on the other hand, represent a new breed of candidate. Both can translate the ideas of National Conservatism into the language of the audience to whom they are speaking. Masters specializes in jousting with the liberal media and chiding them toward a better vision of America. DeSantis’ specialty is the language of his constituents: Every policy reference in his keynote was conveyed as an explanation to a mother, a small-business owner, a churchgoer. “DeSantis attacks the left extremely effectively without stirring up the ire of the average voter,” Claremont Institute senior fellow Jeremy Carl told me. This effectiveness in communication is a direct result of the two candidates’ sophisticated engagement with ideas.


I believe Tom Woods likes DeSantis more than most politicians, and that says something.

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