Gavin Newsom wears many hats—radical progressive, ideologue, and out-of-touch elitist, just to name a few. While his governance leaves a lot to be desired, one thing he’s not is foolish. Newsom might align himself with World Economic Forum-style globalism, but he’s shrewd and calculating, in a very unsettling “serial killer” kind of way. But let’s face it, it’s highly likely that he’ll face off against President Trump in the general election once the Democrats figure out how to sideline Biden. This makes Newsom’s recent, keen analysis of the GOP debate and the entire primary field all the more unsettlingly accurate and telling.
When he was questioned about his insights into the GOP debate, Newsom’s response was raw and lacked the typical political snark you’d expect from someone as radical as he is. He played it cool and revealed his skills as a seasoned politician who knows when to put on different hats and fake a more moderate stance. He’s working the room, gearing up for the biggest battle of his life—likely hoping mail-in ballots are already being printed as we speak.
Newsom in his takeaways from the debate:
“I think it will be clear that Trump is the dominant force. This is the XFL, JV, a Vice presidential debate at best” pic.twitter.com/Az2lhttGQS
— Still Boneless (@still_boneless) September 28, 2023
He nailed it. But why didn’t he just lie and dismiss Trump, like any other run-of-the-mill Democratic governor might when put on the spot? It’s because Newsom is adapting his approach. Like a snake shedding its skin, he’s emerging with a seemingly new persona—one that comes across as calmer, less aggressive, and more honest. It’s all a game, but this is something Newsom is very good at. He didn’t just focus on Trump; he also shared insights about Ron DeSantis in anticipation of their upcoming debate on Fox News.
When asked why he was participating in the debate, Newsom said the question wasn’t why DeSantis would do it but rather, “why is he doing it.”
“The fact that he took this debate, the fact that he took the bait in relation to this debate, shows he’s completely unqualified to be President of the United States,” Newsom said. He then asked, “Why is he debating a guy who’s not even running for President when he’s running for President?”
Newsom went on to criticize the DeSantis team’s decision to share an ad promoting his debate with Newsom — not his presidential campaign — on his X (formerly Twitter) account, shortly after the debate was announced Monday.
“This guy is distracted, so I don’t know that he has it in his heart,” Newsom said. “Here’s my personal opinion about Ron DeSantis — he regrets running for President. He made a huge mistake. He listened to his consultants, he bought his own hype, he had this little God complex… He bought into all this stuff, and he quickly regretted it, but he’s stuck.”
Those remarks reveal that Newsom is gearing up for something significant. He’s not simply in “primary” mode. One could argue that, like Trump, he’s already looking ahead to the general election. He’s meticulously sizing up his competition and planning for the road ahead. Unlike many left-wing extremists, Gavin fully grasps the monumental challenges he’s up against. He recognizes that Trump is at the helm of the largest political movement the country has ever seen, and Newsom knows that if it comes down to it, he’ll need to deploy every dirty trick in the book to compete.