Would the Establishment Run a Third Party Candidate?

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Bill Krystal

Bill Kristol, an establishment honcho and editor of The Weekly Standard, says he “doubts” he would support the Democrat in a general election if Donald Trump were to win the primary but he would “support getting someone good on the ballot as a third party candidate.”

“I doubt I’d support Donald. I doubt I’d support the Democrat,” Kristol told CNN Money via email. “I think I’d support getting someone good on the ballot as a third party candidate.”

Fred Barnes told Fox News he was “scared of” Trump.

Scaredy cat!

It isn’t just the establishment who dislike Trump, it’s people like Glenn Beck, who appears to have gone bonkers, and numerous TV hosts like Greg Gutfeld.

Kristol then went on to suggest a third party ticket with former VP Dick Cheney and Senator Tom Cotton. No insult intended, but, yeah, that’ll win on a third party ballot.

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Mark McKinnon

Mark McKinnon, George Bush media strategist, painted a possible scenario to NPR it the GOP elite go off the deep end.

“The Republican establishment completely freaks out. They get together and say, this is unacceptable, but it looks like it’s going to happen. So we go off, and we create a new Republican Party as an Independent candidacy and draft somebody who’s tanned, rested and ready to go and with a lot of money, somebody like Mitt Romney,” speculated McKinnon.

I’m reasonably sure that McKinnon used to be a Democrat and it probably was an easy move to RINO.

Is it possible that the Republican establishment would run a candidate as a third party in the event of a “catastrophic outcome” in the Primary, as Stirewalt mentions in the audio below, despite the pledge they signed?

Dana Perino

It’s a question Chris Stirewalt and Dana Perino batted about on Fox News radio with Jared Halpern. Dana seems to think it’s a possibility. What would be a catastrophic outcome anyway? Trump wins?

Who would the third party candidate be? Jeb Bush? Mitt Romney? They must like to lose if that is where they are headed. Anything would be better than someone they don’t like, you know.

Are these all trial balloons or just mindless chatter from the chattering class?

Many hoped that the establishment would see how many in their base feel and present a stronger platform on conservative issues. Will the opposite happen which means millions will sit out the election again.