Ahab in Florida It looks like the arch-nemesis of LGBT rights, Ron DeSantis, is running for president, but in a way that’s reassuringly klutzy so far. Going to war with Disney World looks like a loser all the way, with DeSantis a punchline in his featherweight match with Mickey Mouse. But the war metaphor isn’t quite right; it’s really about DeSantis seeking ways to take revenge on Disney for its opposition to his “Don’t say gay” bill last year. And he’s been positively Ahab-like in this quest. His attempt to deprive Disney of its special zoning status was thwarted by a simple change in the bylaws by Disney’s board, leaving Ron a laughingstock. His latest gambit is a proposal to build a state prison on public land right next to Disney World. How exactly that harms Disney isn’t entirely clear. They would probably just turn it into an attraction: “See the Great Dungeon from Rapunzel’s Tower after dark!”
Published in: July-August 2023 issue.