I probably need to brush up on my Leo Strauss to figure out what the fuck Bungalo Bill is up to here. There’s no way anybody’s feeling any Cottonmentum let alone Alitomentum:
Shouldn’t Republicans be open to doing what Democrats are now considering? That is: Welcoming into the race, even drafting into the race if need be, one or two new and potentially superior candidates? After all, if a new candidate or new candidates didn’t take off, the party would be no worse off, and someone from the current field would prevail. If the October surprise candidate caught fire, it would be all the better for the GOP–whether he ultimately prevailed or forced one of the existing candidates to up his game.
Who could such a mysterious dark horse be? Well, it’s not as if every well-qualified contender is already on the field. Mitch Daniels was probably the most successful Republican governor of recent times, with federal executive experience to boot. Paul Ryan is the intellectual leader of Republicans in the House of Representatives, with national campaign experience. The House also features young but tested leaders like Jim Jordan, Trey Gowdy and Mike Pompeo. There is the leading elected representative of the 9/11 generation who has also been a very impressive freshman senator, Tom Cotton. There could be a saner and sounder version of Trump—another businessman who hasn’t held electoral office. And there are distinguished conservative leaders from outside politics; Justice Samuel Alito and General (ret.) Jack Keane come to mind.
Here’s what I don’t get: the possibility of some candidate with no political experience and/or name recognition (e.g. everyone there but Daniels and Ryan) getting in and winning is extremely remote. All this talk does is make all of the non-Trump candidates, especially Bush, look weak. I thought Kristol wanted a non-Trump candidate. What’s in it for him to trash the non-Trump candidates?