Bill Kristol—former Weekly Standard editor-in-chief, prominent Trump resister, and unrepentant Iraq War booster—is apparently considering a run for president.
According to the Daily Caller, Kristol “has been considering a run for months,” and when the site reached Kristol for comment, he didn’t deny it. “No plans to run. But I’m randomly in Boston today, and happen to have had lunch with someone who does a lot of work in New Hampshire,” Kristol told the Daily Caller in an email. “As he’d say, ‘Ya nevah know.’”
It’s true. People from Boston do often say, “Ya nevah know.” Exactly the kind of reality-based facts we need back in the White House.
When it became clear in the spring of 2016 that Donald Trump was going to win the Republican nomination for president, Kristol embarked on a search for an independent conservative to challenge Trump. He landed on National Review writer David French, a man who essentially forbid his wife from talking to men while he was in Iraq. Less than a week later, French said “no thanks.” (Kristol ultimately endorsed independent candidate Evan McMullin.)
Even after Trump’s election, Kristol has remained committed to finding an alternative. Last August, he told the New York Times that he had started talking with others about forming something called the “Committee Not to Renominate the President.”
“We need to take one shot at liberating the Republican Party from Trump, and conservatism from Trumpism,” he told the Times then.
Apart from Kristol, frequently mentioned potential 2020 challengers from the right have included Sen. Jeff Flake, who’s retiring this year, term-limited Ohio governor and 2016 runner-up John Kasich, and Sen. Ben Sasse, who gets an obscene amount of credit for defying Trump despite the fact that he barely does that at all.
Don’t worry, though; surely Kristol and his fellow resisters will get it together. Because if there’s one thing that the neocon wing of the Republican Party has proven itself to be really good at, it’s planning.