Rumors are swirling that Bill Kristol has recruited National Review writer David French to be the third-party candidate the #NeverTrump movement has been seeking. Within a couple of hours after Bloomberg broke the news, French’s name was trending on Twitter and is likely getting blitzed with Google searches.
Who is David French? That’s the question that many are asking.
Briefly, he’s a Constitutional conservative attorney, Iraq War veteran, frequent expert appearing on news channels, and an excellent writer. Beyond that, even the politically-engaged would have a hard time knowing much about him. A good start would be to check out “5 Things You Need to Know About David French.”
That’s the point. That’s why he can win.
What do Trump and Hillary have that they are constantly fighting against? Baggage. They both have histories. The scandals of their past are too numerous to discuss thoroughly in a book (though several have tried).
What do Trump and Hillary have in common with regards to voters’ opinions of them? Yes, there are the negatives associated with each that make them both wildly unpopular with both Independents and members of the opposite party, but it’s worse than that. They’re both disliked by large portions of their own party.
What do Trump and Hillary have in common when it comes to political ideology? They’re both liberals. Trump has conservative views on immigration, but for the most part they’re different sides of the same big government coin.
David French, as an unknown, might be the pick coming out of right field that makes perfect sense. If he can garner support in the form of financial backing and if he can conquer the logistics of getting on enough ballots to challenge the other candidates, he would have a chance of winning because of the dynamics behind the electoral college.
He doesn’t need to get to 270 votes. He needs to prevent the other two candidates from receiving 270 votes. In that scenario, the President is selected by the House of Representatives. Each state gets a single vote and the first candidate to 26 votes wins. In that scenario, Clinton would have zero chance. The question would be whether or not they Republican-controlled House sticks with the many who has the (R) next to this name or if they go for the person who better exemplifies what the Republican party is supposed to represent.
At this point, it’s a longshot even if the rumors turn out to be true. There’s a steep climb ahead for any third-party candidate whether it’s French or not. The important thing to remember is that it’s not too late. This might actually work.