Who Is Bill Kristol’s Promised Independent Candidate? [VIDEOS]

Who Is Bill Kristol’s Promised Independent Candidate? [VIDEOS]

Who Is Bill Kristol’s Promised Independent Candidate? [VIDEOS]

Bill Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, posted a cryptic tweet over the weekend promising a third party alternative would soon emerge to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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Trump, of course, just couldn’t contain his own impulsive Twitter behavior and launched into Kristol with his typical middle-school mannerisms. (Notice the time stamps — these were all posted within ten minutes. Trump is seriously unstable, but I digress.)

This is not just a flash-in-the-pan idea concocted by Kristol over the weekend. He’s been working for over a month to find a third party candidate to run against Trump and Clinton.

https://youtu.be/nTDd_bRDb0A

Trump has also been aware of Kristol working behind the scenes to find an independent candidate, as evidenced by his condescending rant during a speech in Anaheim, CA, last week.

https://youtu.be/1hFKtFyUSzM

Notice the tossing of the red meat to the throng — no one’s ever heard of this guy, no one reads his magazine, I’ve been told his magazine is failing, we’re going to make the military so great, yada, yada, yada.

(Right. Failing magazine. Just like he lied about National Review in January after it published a special edition critical of Trump. Again, I digress.)

So who is the mysterious candidate?

Breitbart is reporting that neither Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska nor Ted Cruz of Texas — Cruz being the last man standing against Trump — will run as independent candidates. Add Jeb Bush to that list as well, according to a “high-placed source,” reports Breitbart.

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Credit: breitbart.com

Other names mentioned include Mitt Romney and former GOP Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, but they have dismissed their own candidacy, despite having met with Kristol to discuss possible candidates.

A third party candidate will not win the presidency, let’s be realistic. But could it be a nuclear option to deny both Trump or Clinton from obtaining the necessary 270 electoral college votes to win? The race then would fall to the current House of Representatives to decide. There is historic precedence; in 1824 the House elected John Quincy Adams as president after an inconclusive four-man race between Adams, Andrew Jackson, William Crawford, and Henry Clay.

Jonathan Chait wrote earlier this month at New York magazine that such a third party run could not steal the Electoral College from either Trump or Clinton. However, Chait did not account for the rise of freshly-nominated Libertarian party candidate Gary Johnson, already polling at 10% against both Trump and Clinton. Throw into that mix a potential independent conservative candidate against two candidates with sky-high negatives, and it’s anyone’s guess as to what could happen in this most unpredictable and mercurial presidential season in anyone’s memory.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

3 Comments
  • Wfjag says:

    Go, Bill. Divide the vote and elect Hil-liar-y.

    However bad The Donald is – Yes, he’s spoiled, arrogant, thin-skinned and ignorant on key issues – in short, as awful in personality as Barry, but with an attractive spouse – his Supreme Court and lower court appointments ( which are for life), will be much better. In 4 years, unless he grows up, he can be defeated. And, unlike Hil-liar-y, I am not concerned that he will sell favors to foreign interests for donations to the family foundation.

  • Kim Quade says:

    1) You may think that Obama’s personality is as bad as Trump’s, but in 2008 Obama was the guy that most voters wanted to have a beer with.
    2) Trump’s court nominees will be much better? Would you stake your life on that? I wouldn’t. He already flip flopped on his SCOTUS list.
    3) “Unless he grows up. . .” The man is nearly 70 years old. It ain’t gonna happen.
    4) Trump has no foreign interest and connections? His adviser Paul Manafort is connected with a Putin associate.
    5) “An attractive spouse” — seriously, that’s part of your criteria for voting for Trump? If not, why did you mention it?
    Both Trump and Hillary are disasters waiting to happen. If Kristol can pull off a Hail Mary and send the election into the House, I’ll cheer him on.

  • Jennifer says:

    Kim,
    All of THAT!

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