Well, that ended as quickly as it began.
Neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol had teased an announcement of a third-party conservative candidate, eventually deciding upon National Review’s David French. That announcement came less than a week ago – yet we heard surprisingly little from French himself.
And that’s because the man isn’t even running.
In a piece published on the National Review on Sunday night, French wrote that “after days of prayer, reflection, and serious study of the possibilities, I am not going to run as an independent candidate for president of the United States.”
Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol had been spearheading the effort to recruit an alternative to Donald Trump and had pushed French as an “impressive” candidate who would have “a strong team and a real chance to win.”
French said he “gave it serious thought” but ultimately decided that “given the timing, the best chance for success goes to a person who either is extraordinarily wealthy (or has immediate access to extraordinary wealth) or is a transformational political talent.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve my country, and I thank God for the successes I’ve had as a lawyer and a writer, but it is plain to me that I’m not the right person for this effort.”
He added: “I remain against Trump and against Hillary, but I will do all I can where I am.”
It was a surprise when French, a Tennessee-based conservative lawyer who has little name recognition outside of elite conservative media circles, was floated as the potential independent candidate.
And the head of the Republican National Committee on Thursday dismissed suggestions that he could be a realistic third-party alternative to Donald Trump.
We don’t want a third party – especially if they’re more conservative than Trump. All they’ll do is split the vote in Hillary’s favor, and if there was anything to be learned from Ross Perot’s third-party run in 1992, it’s the third party candidates that get Clintons elected.
H/T The Hill
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