Bill Kristol is an ardent neverTrumper, and this week he revealed that Iraq War veteran, Constitutional lawyer, author and National Review contributor David French would be his pick to run in a 3rd party bid against Trump.
I'll let French pal and fellow NR staffer Jim Geraghty explain the challenges ahead, and why good mean like French are not in our national political pysche at this time.
I am torn by Trump, just as the Republican party is.
But, I am united with them in that I think a third party run against Trump is an incredibly bad idea. Sure, I would love to see a guy like David French inject some real conservatism into the Fall debate. I think it would be great to have a true conservative on the stage with Trump, Clinton, and Johnson in the Fall, but it's not going to happen.
Conservatives, given that conservatism's home resides in the GOP, had their chance to make the case for it in a much better crucible for us, and we lost. We had Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, and Ted Cruz, and we lost. The GOP primary voters turned out to be much less interested in conservatism than they are in nationalism and populism, and Trump won the nomination.
Now is the time for Trump and his coalition to sink or swim. On its own. I do not want to be part of an organized group who these creeps (and that describes MANY of them) can point to and say cost their savior the election. It will be one thing for those who can't abide the man to sit on their hands in November and skip the Presidential part of the ballot (or choose someone else who isn't Hillary), and it's quite another to actively support another candidate.
I will not actively support another candidate, and conservatives should do the same. Either get behind Trump and throw some level of support to him, or be an observer and point out the flaws in both candidates.
There are plenty, and that's what I intend to do, from this point forward.
My note to Trump and his Trumpkins - STOP giving me reasons to point out your flaws and start running a campaign that seeks to actually unify the GOP and go after Hillary Clinton.
No more attacks on sitting Republican Hispanic Female governors, no more stupid attacks on judges who rule against you in your Fraud (oops, Trump) University case, and no more moronic tweets, please.
Because I refuse to let that crap go by unnoticed.