An investigation into the websites backing the so-called Renegade Party confirms that neoconservative columnist Bill Kristol has been plotting an anti-Trump political party since before a single vote was cast.
Kristol’s Renegade Party was set up on January 10th — nearly a month before the Iowa Caucus.
The move suggests that Kristol (or at least those close to him) had been planning an independent bid all along.
Just a heads up over this holiday weekend: There will be an independent candidate–an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 29, 2016
The Who Is info for Renegadeparty.com redirects to www.neithertrumpnorhillary.com, which was registered on January 10, 2016 by Bill Kristol.
(That’s the address for the American Enterprise Institute, a tax exempt organization. We’re not sure how Kristol can form a political party from a nonprofit but it looks like the Weekly Standard is an LLC.)
A screenshot of neithetrumpnorhillary.com shows an Australian shepherd.
The second ever use of the hashtag #neithertrumpnorhillary was by none other than Bill Kristol.
Q for fellow #NeitherTrumpNorHillary types: Would the awesomeness of a Hillary loss tomorrow night outweigh the horror of a Trump victory?
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) February 1, 2016
The first was by a Twitter account — moms4rubio — and sent to the Weekly Standard twitter account and also includes that Australian shepherd.
— Moms4Rubio (@moms4rubio) January 22, 2016
What’s going on here?
It seems that Kristol has been planning a coup all along.
And now he has revealed his hand.
Our spies in neoconservative world tell us that Senator Tom Cotton is running on an independent bid.
Perhaps. Perhaps not. I guess we’ll see. (Update: Kristol announced that it was David French.. More on that later.)
I met Bill Kristol several times when I attended Claremont McKenna College and I’ve had dinner with him and others at least once or twice.
I remember arguing with him in 2010 or 2011 about the morality and wisdom of the Afghanistan War and he told me to read the Weekly Standard. I did and did not find Kristol’s arguments persuasive.
I’ve since learned that the failures of Iraq and Afghanistan were baked into its people. Cousin marriage and low I.Q. do not a strong republic make. The habits and the biology of a people predict its destiny.
I wish Kristol well though I do find his commentary rather predictable and strange though I don’t catch as much as I did. I no longer care what happens on Fox News or what any commentator says.
Still I can’t ignore certain weird things about the Kristol family over the years. They seem to have gotten rich through personal, political connections as their ideas have suffered.
And it’s becoming something of a family business now that Kristol’s son-in-law Matthew Continetti is with the Washington Free Beacon. Continetti seems afraid of the rise of the alt right. Could it be because Continetti understands that the world that the neocons once lived in is over?
The hope that the neocons have is that their ideas are popular. The reality is that they are not.
Perhaps Professor Harry Jaffa was right to warn about the Kristols and their ideas?