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Third Party Candidate Would Give It to Hillary

Third Party Candidate Would Give It to Hillary

By Sunday, 05 June 2016 09:44 AM Current | Bio | Archive

We’ve all heard it said the American voter has a short memory, but until very recently I didn’t think the clich√© also applied to the American pundit.

William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, has not accepted the Trump phenomenon with, shall we say, grace. In spite of the odds and the calendar Kristol and other Never Trump holdouts are trying to recruit a viable third–party candidate in a quixotic effort to deny a majority of electoral votes to Trump and Hillary/Bernie.

That would throw the election to the House of Representatives where cooler heads (has Kristol been in the House lately?) would ignore the nominees of both parties and instead give the presidency to Abraham Lincoln.

I have three words of advice for Kristol and the Never Trumpistas: Don’t do it! A third party candidate was responsible for the election of Bill Clinton in 1992 and a third party candidate could well be responsible for the election of Hillary Clinton in 2016.

George Bush would have been re–elected if it hadn’t been for the self–funded campaign of Ross Perot who, over the course of his effort, makes today’s Donald Trump look like the soul of steadiness.

In a campaign of promises that is remarkably reminiscent of a Trump marketing rollout, Kristol has promised an apathetic America that he would have an impressive conservative candidate rarin’ to go in the near future.

During his recruitment effort, Kristol was turned down by former nominee Mitt Romney and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse. Earlier in the year America’s billionaire nanny, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, decided a run wasn’t practical and put his wallet back in his pocket.

So after much promise and hype the name of the nominee was floated over the weekend and Kristol didn’t do himself or his choice any favors. He choose David French an unknown lawyer and writer for a competing magazine The National Review. (Maybe that’s what Kristol meant about a broad–based effort: votes from two conservative magazines.)

The Wall Street Journal points out that until less than a week ago French wasn’t well–known enough to have his won Wikipedia page. French has no national name identification, he has no personal wealth, no history of raising money from people who do and French has never held office.

To add another Keystone Kops touch to the effort, French has yet to accept the nomination and Kristol actually left the country and is not responding to media inquires. I’m almost ready to believe the choice is the product of a smoke–filled room — in the back of a Denver medical mota store.

I think the best response to this aborted effort came from another Twitter commenter who sagely advised, “Bill Kristol needs to take one of those cruises he is advertised as being on. The sea air would do him good.” And if he’s lucky by the time Kristol returns it will be too late to waste any more time on futile third party efforts.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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