The idea of a real third-party challenger has long been a provocative, yet an elusive fantasy. Ross Perot put up the most recent strong effort in 1992, but still found himself coming in a deep third out of three. 2012 Republican failure Mitt Romney thinks he can change all that.
Not by himself, mind you, though I’m sure he has some fantasy in the back of his head that conservatives will come begging for him to salvage what’s left of the conservative movement. In the meantime, Romney is leading a band of Republican rebels hell bent on upending presumptive nominee Donald Trump in any way possible. Now that Trump is all but locked in as the Republican candidate, a third-party candidate might be the only sure way to stop him.
Also included Romney’s alliance are commentators William Kristol and Erick Erickson, as well as several top Republican strategists.
The usual suspects are included as potential candidates to run an independent conservative campaign, such as John Kasich, who recently dropped out of the Republican race but clearly is no fan of Trump. Other names tossed around include former Tom Coburn, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, and retired Army General Stanley A. McChrystal.
But where’s the meat? Where’s the substance? Where’s the maverick?
Oops, that didn’t work so well. Maybe it was just too hard to convince people of McCain’s maverick-ness. Realizing this, Romney reached out to someone so maverick-y that it’s literally in his title: billionaire businessman and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban.
It appears Cuban isn’t all that interested in a third-party run, but that didn’t stop him from taking a dig at Trump in his email response to the Washington Post:
“He could come after me all he wanted, and he knows I would put him in his place. All that said, again, I don’t see it happening. There isn’t enough time.”
It appears Cuban feels being a maverick simply isn’t enough by itself to take down the donarchy.
If he had decided to run, Cuban’s style would be the closest thing to rival Trump. He said those recruiting him, talked about his “bluster and volume, combined with substance and the ability to connect with voters on a more personal basis” as his key to building a successful campaign. So… Trump with substance. I don’t know if that makes me feel better or worse.
It’s rather unfortunate Cuban isn’t interested in jumping in the ring. I would love to see a few more rounds to the Cuban-Trump Twitter battles from years ago. Plus, the Democratic candidate could just step offstage during a debate and let Cuban and Trump tear each other down. And I would be recording it. I mean, if we’re planning on hitting rock bottom, I better get some entertainment out of it.