When Mr. Trump attacked him, there was not much of a defense by Mr. DeSantis or counterattacks on Mr. Trump, whether by Mr. DeSantis or his allies. For instance, there’s decent evidence that Mr. DeSantis was slipping even before Mr. Trump’s attacks began in earnest. So far, there’s little evidence that Mr. DeSantis has suffered serious or irreparable damage, even if he’s lost ground against Mr. Trump. But if attacking Mr. Trump carries risks, so does allowing him to punch without a vigorous defense or a counterpunch. The post DeSantis, on Defense, Shows Signs of Slipping in Polls appeared first on New York Times.