Regarding Michael Munger’s June 3 Point of View “Independents’ day? Still a possibility”: Sadly, he’s dreaming.
A successful independent candidate would have to win enough electoral college votes to keep Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump from winning a majority and be selected by the House of Representatives over Clinton or Trump.
Since the House is controlled by Republicans, we can rule out any left-leaning independent candidate, so let’s consider Republicans. Who could win a few states? Certainly not David French or any other no-name, late-comer. Mitt Romney? While he might win some popular votes, it is hard to name states he could win.
All the Republicans who failed in the primaries have decided against running independently. Most would have had no chance anyway.
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Ted Cruz so disliked by the establishment that the House would never select him. The only viable candidate from the “losers bracket” could have been Jeb Bush. With strong ties in both Florida and Texas, he might have won those two states. He was once a favorite of the Republican establishment, but he has no heart for resurrecting his candidacy.
So we moderates must quit dreaming, hold our noses and choose between Clinton and Trump.