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Monday, May 16, 2016

There are people out there that really do not like Donald Trump. So much so, they are looking to mount a third party/independent bid in the 2016 Presidential race so that Donald Trump does not win. The only problem is, the forces looking to do this are not finding anybody that wants to take him on.

That could be a problem.

The Washington Post has a detailed story about this but here is some of the red meat:

Those involved concede that an independent campaign at this late stage is probably futile, and they think they have only a couple of weeks to launch a credible bid. But these Republicans — including commentators William Kristol and Erick Erickson and strategists Mike Murphy, Stuart Stevens and Rick Wilson — are so repulsed by the prospect of Trump as commander in chief that they are desperate to take action.

Their top recruiting prospects are freshman Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), a conservative who has become one of Trump’s sharpest critics, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who withdrew from the Republican presidential race May 4. Romney is among those who have made personal overtures to both men in recent days, according to several people with knowledge of the former Massachusetts governor’s activities.

They have also reached out to people such as former Senator Tom Coburn, Condoleeza Rice and Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire businessman, Mark Cuban.

So far, the recruiting team has heard the same response over and over again:

No.

There are three key problems with doing something like this:

  1. The prospect of winning is nearly impossible. It would require a court challenge at this point to be allowed on the ballot in Texas as that deadline has passed. And what states would a third party candidate win?
  2. Money – One could argue donors dumped $100 million in Jeb Bush’s campaign and it was wasted so why not a few hundred million into an third party run?
  3. Time – It’s already May. This has to take off in a few weeks or it will become completely pointless.

Perhaps people just need to come to the realization that Trump is going to be the nominee and focus instead on beating Hillary. Share this with others and let them see how futile this is. Hillary Clinton is the problem here. Not Donald Trump.

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