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    The (David) French President?

    The (David) French President?

    Me thinks those mocking him doth protest too much

    This is how much I’ve been off the grid today while attending to some family medical issues.

    I was the last person on the internet to find out about David French possibly being a third-party candidate for the #NeverTrump movement.

    In fact, I didn’t even find out about it from the internet. One of the LI authors texted me at 6:30 p.m.: “You must be excited to see the independent candidate could be a National Review guy, lol.”

    My response, word for word, or should I say word: “Wut?”

    Here’s how the story broke at Bloomberg News, 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, Tenn., with his wife Nancy and three children….

    According to one person deeply involved in the efforts to recruit an independent challenger, the search has focused on individuals who have one or more of the following three traits seen as vital for credibly launching such a bid: fame, vast wealth, and elective experience. Reached by phone Tuesday evening, French declined to answer questions about any possible run.

    CNN is kinda, sorta, almost confirming the news:

    Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard magazine and a leader of the conservative movement to find an alternative to likely major-party nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, confirmed to CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel on Tuesday that the search has zeroed in on French….

    His writings have been sharply critical of Trump.

    “The party of Lincoln is in ruins. A minority of its primary voters have torched its founders’ legacy by voting for a man who combines old-school Democratic ideology, a bizarre form of hyper-violent isolationism, fringe conspiracy theories and serial lies with an enthusiastic flock of online racists to create perhaps the most toxic electoral coalition since George Wallace,” French wrote in March.

    I have communicated many times with French on legal related matters, and he always struck me as a really good guy. But I can’t say that I know a lot about him other than his columns at National Review and television appearances. He has been one of the most articulate anti-Trump authors anywhere. And a relentless opponent of Obama executive overreach.

    The Daily Wire summarizes 5 Things You Need To Know About David French:

    1. French graduated from Harvard Law School, and served in Iraq in Diyala Province as Squadron Judge Advocate for the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He is a major in the United States Army Reserve (IRR).

    2. He lives in Tennessee with his wife Nancy, a New York Times best-selling author, and their three children.

    3. He is the past president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and has defended religious liberty on college campuses, serving as a senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and the Alliance Defending Freedom.

    4. He has written the New York Times-bestselling Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore, as well asHome and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War and A Season for Justice: Defending the Rights of the Christian Church, Home, and School.

    5. In 2012 French was awarded the American Conservative Union’s Ronald Reagan Award.

    The immediate reaction to write him off strikes me as protesting too much. If he’s such a LOSER! why bother?

    The internet has reacted with all the glory and grossness it could muster on short notice, and that’s quite a lot.

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    Sammy Finkelman | June 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    This is the way to go about this:

    1) Nominate the same candidate for vice-president but different candidates for president in all those states where you have to work to get on the ballot.

    The candidate for vice president should be a millionaire or billionaire who can and will legally contribute an unlimited amount of money. He or she can especially finance all the efforts to get on the ballot.

    It could be someone like David Koch – in fact David Koch himself is maybe a possibility. He did this once before, in 1980, running as the Libertarian vice presdential candidate so he could contribute money. The VP candidate will have no chance of actually becoming vice president or president, since the Senate gets to pick only from the top two, so whether anybody wants him as president or vice president is not an issue.

    Nominating different candidates for president in different states is modeled somewhat on the strategy the Whigs slipped into in the Presidential election of 1836.

    In some states, if the local Republican Party puts a somewhat acceptable name on the ballot, and you think the Electors will not vote for Trump in the end, don’t run anyone.

    2) Don’t even try to get on all 50 state ballots. It’s not necessary. Nor is it necessary to get into the debates, but a separate debates or town halls might be held once people start saying they might vote for one of them..

    3) Important: The different candidates will compete to see who can come in third in the Electoral College. This actually works better than if there is the same candidate in 35 or so different states.

    The fact that only one third party candidate can make it into the House of Representatives, but if he does, is likely to become president, will encourage wavering voters, especially in states that usually vote Democrat, to vote for the third party candidate, if that candidate is someone they like or like better than say, Ted Cruz, who might be running in Texas, and likely to win its 38 Electoral votes.

    This works also if the Texas candidate is Coburn.

    4) Call the party with the multiple candidates for president but single candidate for vice president the Whig party. (as good a name as any, and the name gets more free publicity

    forksdad | June 4, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Now confirmed to blame Trump for the mob violence. French hasn’t said a word since blaming Trump before San Jose. Trayvon Martin apologist. Neocon Joke. Blames the victims for the riots.

    You can’t make this up. This is Bill Kristol’s man.

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