May 14, 2016

IF HE CAN'T BE STOPPED AT THE CONVENTION, #NEVERTRUMP MEANS #ONCEHILLARY:

Inside the GOP effort to draft an independent candidate to derail Trump (Philip Rucker and Robert Costa May 14, 2015, Washington Post)

A band of exasperated Republicans -- including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a handful of veteran consultants and members of the conservative intelligentsia -- is actively plotting to draft an independent presidential candidate who could keep Donald Trump from the White House.

These GOP figures are commissioning private polling, lining up major funding sources and courting potential contenders, according to interviews with more than a dozen Republicans involved in the discussions. The effort has been sporadic all spring but has intensified significantly in the 10 days since Trump effectively locked up the Republican nomination.

Those involved concede that an independent campaign at this late stage is probably futile, and they think they have only a couple of weeks to launch a credible bid. But these Republicans -- including commentators William Kristol and Erick Erickson and strategists Mike Murphy, Stuart Stevens and Rick Wilson -- are so repulsed by the prospect of Trump as commander in chief that they are desperate to take action.

An independent candidacy is just emotional salve.

Posted by at May 14, 2016 12:40 PM

  

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