Open Borders GOP Talks 3rd Party
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(Examiner) - While appearing on NPR Thursday, Mark McKinnon, the chief media strategist for former President George W. Bush, floated the idea of a "new" Republican Party running an independent candidate in the event Donald Trump wins the GOP nomination. One possible candidate he mentioned was Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who lost to President Barack Obama in 2012 and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in 2008.
McKinnon presented three possible scenarios when asked if he thought the Trump juggernaut could continue for another year. The first scenario he presented was "conventional wisdom," which Trump has managed to defy time and again, as indicated by the controversy stirred up over a recent event at a New Hampshire town hall event.
"Scenario one is the conventional wisdom, which is that Super PACs will unload on him," he said. "Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush and others will beat up on him and that that will ultimately mean that he fades away. If that was going to happen, it would've happened by now."
"I think a more likely scenario is that he sustains now, goes all the way through the nominating process and actually gathers enough delegates - not the nomination, but enough delegates - to be a real nuisance at the convention where he can leverage some agreement or get something out of it so that he can walk away with a win," he added. But there was a third scenario, which he admitted was "wild and improbable."
"He starts to gather enough delegates where it actually looks like he could win the nomination," McKinnon said. "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."
An article posted Friday at WND observed the hypocrisy of such a suggestion, considering it was the GOP establishment that insisted Trump sign a pledge not to run as a third-party candidate. Garth Kant said former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, was "floored" by McKinnon's idea.
“I think its absolutely hypocritical and crazy for the moderates to sit there and lecture conservatives about a third party and then turn around and practically advocate that for one of their own,” he told WND. “This is a Bush consultant. The establishment trashed Trump for refusing to rule out a third party run. Now this guy turns around and suggests a prominent Republican may want to do the very same thing.”
Stockman, Kant added, acknowledged that McKinnon called the scenario "wild and improbable," but wondered why it was even mentioned. The former Texas congressman said it sounded "like a trial balloon" to see how well it plays.
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