The proposed appointment of former Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran as the next President of New College of Florida is really the sideshow. The real story is the flurry of culture-war themes Gov. Ron DeSantis has launched in anticipation of his upcoming presidential bid. The most recent assault has the state halting funding for diversity, equity and inclusion programs and critical race theory “leaving them to wither on the vine.” In the wake of other anti-woke initiatives, the most recent offensive continues to construct a battleground perimeter for what will be, at minimum, an ideological battle for the heart and soul of the new Republican Party.
Originally posted for the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 100.