Let me tell you who scares the left… Kari Lake. Yes, they’re also bothered by Ron DeSantis, but he’s got a lot of establishment GOP backing him, and that tends to mellow out the fear because they think he can be “controlled.” Now, whether that is true is yet to be seen, but the fact that Paul Ryan has ranked DeSantis as his #1 pick for president doesn’t bode well for Ron. But they FEAR Kari Lake… why? Well, because she’s a BOLD, in-your-face MAGA candidate, who not only embraces President Trump, she’s literally a “fan girl” and we love that about her. She’s fearless. She cozy’s up to Bannon and makes no apologies for it, either.
She’s the female Trump, and like President Trump, her media expertise makes her nearly impossible to trip up. The mainstream media have had a really, really hard time with her, because Kari knows the game they’re playing, and she plays it a heck of a lot better than they do.
At this point, Kari is the person that Dems fear most, next to Trump. She’s up-and-coming 100 percent MAGA, and Dems know she has the chops to go far.
So much so, that Obama’s right-hand man knows in his heart that Kari will be president someday.
Axios is reporting on the panic in Dem camps over Kari Lake: Democratic Party strategists are watching Arizona’s Kari Lake with growing alarm.
Why it matters: As some see it, Lake — a 2020 election denier — could easily win the state’s gubernatorial race and threaten its 2024 election processes. And with the talent she’s already displayed even as a political novice, they see her potential to soar to a vice presidential spot or a post-Trump presidential candidacy.
Zoom in: Of this year’s midterm elections slate of “ultra MAGA” candidates, Lake has perhaps the best chance of winning.
The polls are neck-and-neck. Some Democrats are venting frustration that Katie Hobbs is not presenting a stronger challenge to Lake. Hobbs has refused to debate Lake, which some say signals fear and amounts to “political malpractice.”
What they’re saying: David Plouffe, the architect of Barack Obama’s 2008 victory, told Axios that Lake looks like a “plausible presidential candidate.”
But pay close attention to what Obama’s top loyalist says about Kari … he knows she’s going to be president someday, and that scares the hell out of him.
David Axelrod, another key former Obama adviser, offered this assessment of Lake’s 20+ years in Arizona local TV before her entrance last year into politics: “If you get a candidate who has the performance skills of a major-market local TV anchor and the philosophy and thinking of Steve Bannon, that’s a potent and dangerous combination. … Look at Italy.”
The Axios piece goes on to say that President Trump’s advisers view Lake as the most politically potent of the “stop the steal” candidates. She is every bit as hardcore an election denier as Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano but infinitely more suited to the age of social media videos and quick TV hits.
Lake is skilled at creating viral moments by dressing down reporters and eviscerating the mainstream media.
The 53-year-old former news anchor left journalism altogether in 2021, saying she didn’t like how much media has changed since she started.
Behind the scenes: Lake has other advantages that are less visible. Unlike Mastriano, she has been embraced by top figures in the Republican establishment. She is benefiting from their money and connections.
Doug Ducey, Arizona’s outgoing GOP governor and chair of the Republican Governors Association, opposed Lake in her primary. But now, he’s backing her with great energy.
Lake has also charmed Arizona GOP donors, including members of the state’s political establishment, according to sources who have witnessed the interactions.
In private meetings and on calls with donors, RGA officials have made clear they are prepared to spend aggressively to get Lake across the finish line. “Voters have a clear choice and we’re confident they’ll make Kari Lake their next governor,” RGA spokesman Jesse Hunt told Axios.
Well, all I can say is that Dems better get used to it, because Kari ain’t goin’ anywhere and she will 100 percent be the first woman elected to the White House. I have no doubt about it… and I don’t think Dems doubt it either, and they’re shaken to their core over it.