WASHINGTON, June 1, 2016 – The soft, gooey center of the Republican Party, which has never been able to marshall much enthusiasm for opposing the progressive agenda of the Democratic Party can always be counted on to oppose conservatives and, now, America’s first post-partisan candidate for president – Republican Donald J. Trump.
The Pillsbury Doughboy in what passes for the GOP’s intelligencia, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, announced that after months looking under every conceivable rock, he has found the perfect candidate to run as a third-party spoiler.
“Just a heads up,” Kristol warned America in a tweet, “There will be an independent candidate – an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.”
Recent news reports say Kristol has been in discussions with the GOP loser of 2012, begging him to run against Trump and Hillary.
If Kristol’s “independent” dark-horse candidate is indeed Mitt Romney, it has yet to be explained how a man that couldn’t defeat a weak incumbent president battered by a lousy economy, an incumbent whose signature accomplishment is a wildly unpopular government takeover of health care, an incumbent whose attorney general oversaw the sale of weapons to a deadly Mexican drug cartel, an incumbent who deliberately lied by claiming an anti-Islamic video inspired the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, is somehow more than capable of defeating the equally corrupt and cunning Hillary Clinton.
As the recent primaries have shown quite clearly, rank-and-file Republican voters have zero confidence in the failed empty suits of the GOP.
But this small and powerful wing of the GOP placed their hopes in the failed candidacies of Marco Rubio, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush, only to see them crushed decisively by Trump.
Hence the refusal by many leading Republicans – notably GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan – to endorse their party’s presumptive standard bearer.
But a confident Trump told Fox’s Sean Hannity Wednesday evening, “I don’t need their endorsements. I don’t think it matters whether or not I get, you know, potential presidential endorsements… And I’m not looking for their endorsement… what I want is the endorsement of the people. That’s the only thing that matters to me.”
Sean Spicer, Republican National Committee communications director, told Fox, “I think he’s [Trump] done a good job so far of unifying the party. When you look at where we were a few weeks ago and where we are today, we’re in a real great place vis-à-vis the Democrats. They are truly fractured. They’ve got a whole socialist left-wing aspect to the party that Bernie Sanders represents that is saying that they truly will not go back in line and support Hillary Clinton if she comes out the nominee. They’re talking about not just sitting on their hands, but a good chunk of them voting for Trump.”
Spicer added, “The Republican Party is unified. There are some outliers here or there, but that happens every election cycle, frankly.”
Fox’s surprised and wide-eyed Bill Hemmer blurted, “But these are significant outliers. They’re Republicans that used to sit in the White House,” he said of Bush I and II.
Spicer dismissed the GOP’s “big names,” saying of Trump, “At the end of the day, you look at the overall numbers in the polling, the Republican Party is unified… He’s someone that’s not a politician… I think that he’s not out here to reshape the party. As he says, he wants to make America great again. He wants to fix a broken government, whether it’s the lines at the TSA or the problems that the veterans face in this country with getting the care that they need and deserve. He wants to fix this country, he wants to create jobs. He’s not looking to be a party guy. He wants to make America better.”
The search for an independent third-party candidate by the so-called “Anybody but Trump” crowd is a desperate last hurrah for the tangential, go-along-to-get-along, neo- compassionate-country club Republicans.
But Republican voters are saying, “Anybody but Frumps” to the irrelevant “Anybody but Trump” crowd.