Well, the cat is out of the bag about what possible Independent candidate may be available to jump into the race as Bill Kristol intimated. That would be David French, an attorney, a veteran, and a true Conservative.
As Mollie Hemingway notes in her post at The Federalist, French has not announced a run yet. Still, as she highlights, that hasn’t stopped some really stupid remarks being made about French and who he is. From The Federalist:
1) ‘But He’s Happily Married!’ […]
Except this is the stupidest critique imaginable. It’s about how French and his wife Nancy came up with boundaries for their marriage while David was deployed. They would avoid temptation found on social media. What Puritans!
As for the media coverage of the twice-divorced, thrice-married Donald Trump, it’s mostly been cowering in fear that he might be mean to them if they bring up character issues or that he might force them to cover the Clintons’ exploits, to their shame.
So it is in this milieu that attacking the Frenches for having a good marriage comes off particularly disgusting.
2) ‘I’m Not Well Read Enough To Know Him’
First place in this category goes to Dylan Matthews of Vox, who made the publication’s ignorance of French the literal headline. I’m not joking:
We get it. You’re 12. You think history began around 2002 or so. You work for a publication that once claimed there was a bridge between Gaza and the West Bank in an article titled, “Everything You Need To Know About Israel-Palestine.” Even worse, the Wikipedia that you rely on to source 100 percent of your stories wasn’t helping you on French. It’s hard! We get it! But still.
3) ‘He’s Written Stuff I’m Not Smart Enough to Consider!’
Matthews of course parroted Robillard’s big scoop on how marriages work. But that’s not all. He also surfed the internet long enough to declare that French’s views do not pass muster with the geniuses over at Vox. A thoughtful piece on women in the military that deviated from the groupthink in the media elite was described as French being “very afraid” of putting women in combat (sigh).
Should French actually run, his nuanced arguments will sail over the heads of a good chunk of our media that are ready at any moment to revert to a “what about your gaffes?” posture with any and all conservative candidates.[…]French hasn’t committed federal crimes. He’s not facing litigation over fraudulent businesses. He’s not thrice married or in a dysfunctional relationship. He has a coherent political philosophy and is an outsider in every sense. Perhaps most importantly for our purposes, he has not declared a candidacy. Of course the insecure and juvenile Twitter and journalism mobs (but I repeat myself) can’t handle thoughtful engagement with such a man. Far easier for many of them to mock in an effort to feel better about themselves and their failing moral and intellectual frameworks. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
[…] Criticized for his stiffness and capacity for making politically tone-deaf comments, Romney did not garner enough enthusiasm in his own party to defeat a strong incumbent.But he quickly proved that charisma is not the equivalent of leadership or wisdom.
In the ensuing years, Romney has become a respected party elder, in part because, as writer David French explains, he’s been vindicated by events.
While he was roundly mocked for his declaration that Russia posed the greatest geopolitical threat to the United States, Romney correctly predicted the failure of Obama’s “reset” strategy with Russia and the subsequent rise of Vladimir Putin.
Perhaps more important, Romney possesses integrity, a virtue lacking in both front-runner rivals. […] (Click here to read the rest.)