The perpetually wrong neocon dead-ender William Kristol’s much ballyhooed third party challenge to 800 pound gorilla Donald Trump appears to be – drumroll please – David French whose main claim to fame is that he writes for the National Review along with all of the other schmucks whose big “Against Trump” extravaganza was pronounced dead on arrival back in January. Hey, Mitt Romney likes him even if 99.99999999999999 percent of the population has never heard of the guy. Kristol made headlines over Memorial Day weekend when he suggested that the Never Trumpers had settled upon their man on the white horse and that he would be an “impressive” candidate who would stand a legitimate shot at preventing Trump from winning the presidency. When Memorial Day came and went without Kristol pulling his rabbit out of the hat and after being ruthlessly mocked by Trump, the buzz began building for Mr. French. There is even a catchy hashtag floating around #FrenchRevolution – you just can’t make shit like this up.
Bloomberg is reporting that “Kristol Eyes Conservative Lawyer David French for Independent Presidential Run”:
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, Tennessee, 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 running mate or significant financial support.
However, according to this person, some conservative donors look favorably on the prospect of French entering the fray.
In Kristol’s piece in the Weekly Standard’s June 6 issue, he argued that “the fact of Trump’s and Clinton’s unfitness for the Oval Office has become so self-evident that it’s no longer clear one needs a famous figure to provide an alternative.” After mentioning Mitt Romney and other possibilities such as Judd Gregg and Mel Martinez, Kristol invoked French’s name and résumé, writing, “To say that he would be a better and a more responsible president than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is to state a truth that would become self-evident as more Americans got to know him.”
The usual chumps weighed in via Twitter barking their approval like trained seals on crack.
I know David French to be an honorable, intelligent and patriotic person. I look forward to following what he has to say.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) June 1, 2016
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) May 31, 2016
I’m not sure @DavidAFrench run makes sense for him or conservatives. I’m 100% sure he’s 1,000% more honorable than Clinton or Trump.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) June 1, 2016
In what way is @DavidAFrench (combat officer, Bronze Star winner, Harvard Law grad, bestselling author) LESS qualified for POTUS than Trump?
— Michael Medved (@MedvedSHOW) June 1, 2016
The official campaign bumper sticker could be “Who the Hell is David French?”
Trump must be quaking in his boots – with laughter.