Is it possible for me to pre-read all the "Trump Is Pivoting" stories that will come out this week? I'd like to be efficient.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 8, 2016
BREAKING FIRST ON @Morning_Joe: Multiple sources say an independent conservative candidate will announce his candidacy for president today.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) August 8, 2016
Would someone please check to see if Ronald Reagan's grave has been disturbed? https://t.co/TMW9JOr4Tw
— Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) August 8, 2016
Mr. Charles P. Pierce, at Esquire:
… The big noise on tout les ‘Toobz Monday morning was that this guy, Evan McMullin, a career spook who lives in Utah, announced that he would be running for president specifically as an anti-He, Trump candidate. This came at the same time as He, Trump was preparing to reset his campaign for the 400th time, this time before the Detroit Economic Club…
“In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up,” McMullin said in a statement to ABC News. “It’s never too late to do the right thing, and America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us. I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for President.”
“Humbly” is a nice touch, I have to admit. Would it be overly cynical to wonder if behind this sudden emergence of his caucus’ policy director as an anti-Trump independent candidate we would find the fine hand of Speaker Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from the state of Wisconsin? Surely that nice boy from Janesville who used to flip burgers for a living wouldn’t think of such a thing?…
I don’t have any problem with anybody’s attempt to ratfck the campaign of El Caudillo de Mar-A-Lago, which, after all, takes advice from Roger Stone and Alex Jones. I wish candidate McMullin well. I suspect he will attain a kind of instant credibility and it’s possible he won’t lack for money. The conservatives who have not yet been assimilated are floundering and they’re desperate enough to latch onto anyone. And if Ryan really is behind this, I will have to give him credit for a kind of political animal cunning I didn’t think he had in him.
But, dear god, Republicans. You nominated He, Trump. Take your beating and regroup.
Pierce notes, for the record, that McMullin has worked for Goldman Sachs as well as the CIA, which will certainly not at all agitate certain
BernieBusters Steiniacs and Johnson/Welders. But then, it’s still show business, even if McMullins the little man with a broom following the elephants’ parade…
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) August 8, 2016
Executive editor at the Daily Beast:
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) August 8, 2016