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Two Republicans intimately familiar with Bill Kristol’s efforts to recruit an independent presidential candidate to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have told Bloomberg Politics that the person Kristol has in mind is David French -- whose name the editor of the Weekly Standard floated in the current issue of the magazine.
French is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to the website of National Review, where French is a staff writer, he is a constitutional lawyer, a recipient of the Bronze Star, and an author of several books who lives in Columbia, Tenn., with his wife Nancy and three children.
Reached in Israel late Tuesday afternoon, Kristol declined to comment on his efforts to induce French to run. The two Republicans confirmed that French is open to launching a bid, but that he has not made a final decision. One of the Republicans added that French has not lined up a vice-presidential running mate or significant financial support. However, according to this person, some conservative donors look favorably on the prospect of French entering the fray.
Ever since Kristol tweeted on Sunday that an “impressive” independent candidate “with a strong team and a real chance” is now prepared to enter the presidential fray, the political world has been engaged in a fevered guessing game over whom that person might be.
Don’t get me wrong. French is an impressive guy, a military veteran, respected lawyer, and among my top 4 or 5 favorite writers for National Review. But, ahem, the hour is late and he is unknown outside of the small subculture of conservative political junkies with large vocabularies. Unless Peter Singer or some other conservative billionaire is willing to pony up big bucks for crash signature-gathering efforts in the 49 states (minus Texas!) where ballot access is still possible, he just won’t get on the ballot in enough places to be taken seriously.
originally posted by: kosmicjack
Maybe it's just a bluff to get some concessions from Trump? Of course, that really only works if the guy is a possible contender and with no name recognition...
I thought Bill Kristol was a smart guy?