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Early last week, Bill Kristol announced his choice to be the great white hope for the anti-Trump Republicans. It was going to be yuuuge. Stop the presses a new "third party" alternative to the boorish Trump and corrupt Hillary. And here he is: David French.

The only problem is nobody wanted him to run, not even David French.

Others were not so kind.

In a way, I'm disappointed as it may have been fun seeing them flail around trying to get on the ballot - no way but I know petitioners who could have soaked them when they tried. Asked over and over whether he was a "spoiler" or if he could win etc.

But was there a different plan? Over the same weekend that Kristol was touting his big surprise, the Libertarian Party was having it's national convention in Orlando. While Johnson/Weld ultimately got the nomination on the second ballot it wasn't a sure thing. Unlike the establishment parties the LP delegates, chosen at state conventions, are not bound to any candidate. It's *always* an open convention. In addition, they nominate the VP candidate separately. While the nominees choice is given due consideration, it's the delegates ultimate decision.

Johnson's main opponent was a guy named Austen Peterson, age 35, never held or even run for elective office, pro-lifer, whose only "political" experience was an associate producer at Fox News. Nevertheless, he was an excellent speaker and he had a large following among the alleged purists and "right" libertarians.

Anyway, on the second day of the convention, he passed out a flyer on National Review letterhead containing a rousing endorsement from recent convert to the LP Mary Matalin.

Given Matalin's long history as a Republican Party operative and nefarious neocon associations -her last job in government was counsellor to *Dick Cheney* - and continued close relationships with Kristol and the National Review I can't help but wonder whether her mission was to either sabotage or co-opt the LP, clearing the way for Kristol's candidate - perhaps one with better name recognition and more money than David French.

If so, it didn't work and the neocons are done - at least for now.

Regards. Thetis
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