The courtship of a potential third candidate to run for president has to date been a tale of disappointment. The effort is feasible logistically and monetarily, but no major figure offers himself or herself. A source very close to Mitt Romney tells Right Turn, “No. Not gonna happen.” Why Romney won’t agree to the role of national rescuer and conservative soul-saver is unknown, but history will judge him and all those who might have stepped forward but chose not to.
There is a point – critics say we passed it weeks ago – when a third candidate run becomes logistically impossible and politically noncredible. That point is right about now, and sure enough #NeverTrump organizer Bill Kristol says to expect an announcement Thursday. (Ideally someone would have stepped forward before too many more Republican office-holders embarrassed themselves by committing to Donald Trump.)
Let’s consider three scenarios: No third candidate runs, a credible third candidate runs or a symbolic run is launched.
What about a purely symbolic candidate? By that I mean someone without the skills, preparation, knowledge or stature to pass the commander-in-chief test. A third candidate does not need to be an elected official and certainly not a lifetime pol, but whether experienced in public service, the private sector or military leadership, the candidate must be more serious and knowledgeable than Trump, more ethical than both Trump and Clinton, and more likely to bring about consensus and solve serious problems.
In short, it’s time to make a decision. For the sake of country and the GOP, let’s hope it is a plausible, admirable candidate.
The Washington Post