WOW. Bill Kristol talked a big game over the weekend, warning people that he had a “great” 3rd party candidate to combat Trump.
Well, as it turns out, his pick just made us laugh!
Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol wrote Tuesday he wants to recruit National Review columnist David French to mount an independent presidential bid.
Kristol has been seeking, unsuccessfully, to get a well-known conservative politician to challenge presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in November.
Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, has already given up on a similar effort.
In a column pre-dated June 6, Kristol compares this year’s election process to Argentina, calling the current list of candidates “a self-righteous socialist who’s learned nothing in 50 years except how to rally the economically illiterate and uninformed; an heir to wealth who’s done nothing impressive in 50 years except to hone his skills as a self-promoter and demagogue; and an insider who’s climbed the greasy pole alongside her husband, enriching herself and her family through 50 years of ‘public service.'”
Kristol said he’d love to see Romney run, or former vice-presidential candidates Joe Lieberman or Paul Ryan, former cabinet officials Mitch Daniels or Condoleezza Rice, or former presidential candidates Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush, governors Nikki Haley or Susana Martinez.
Since they have not, Kristol suggests French, who has written in support of Romney providing voters a third choice.
“The fortysomething French is a best-selling author, an attorney, and a combat veteran of Iraq,” Kristol writes. “I happen to know David French. To say that he would be a better and a more responsible president than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is to state a truth that would become self-evident as more Americans got to know him.”
But Kristol also notes there are plenty of others like French who could do the job as well.
“There are thousands of Americans who — despite a relative lack of fame or fortune — would be manifestly superior to our current choices.”
It would take an extraordinary effort, Kristol admits, but adds that “America is an extraordinary nation.”
If Kristol thinks this goof can take even 1% of the vote, he is on some kind of very strong substance.