Conservative pundit Bill Kristol has become, as the Washington Post once put it, a, “kind of cult figure,” for just how hilariously wrong he has been with his history of political predictions. He has botched the rise of the Trump Train phenomenon consistently, he predicted weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq, and he once said, “Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single Democratic primary.”
Although he was later forced to admit, “I try to predict long shots. I don’t take it very seriously,” it seems as if Kristol is back with his newest roll of the dice in the 2016 cycle. As a firm #NeverTrump card carrying-member, Kristol has long been lobbying for a suitable third party candidate to rise from the ashes of what was once a recognizable Republican party. And he knows just the guy up for the job.
“The real last chance here is with Mitt Romney, who has said ‘no’ but who I think is thinking seriously about it,” Kristol said, proverbially — or perhaps literally — walking into a brick wall again as he said it.
“[Romney] is a very serious person, he really knows that Trump should not be president of the United States. He strongly believes that Hillary Clinton should not be president of the United States,” continued Kristol on Wednesday during the Masters in Politics podcast for Bloomberg.
Though a Romney spokesperson declined comment to Bloomberg, Kristol is hoping for the epic white horse scenario to arise from the conservative base. “The conditions are there,” he said for a third-party potential. “The ballot access stuff is a little challenging but actually manageable, people have overcome those obstacles, so it really comes down to a candidate.”
So there you have it, folks. Now excuse me while I make my way to the MGM Grand sportsbook to lay down a bet on longshot Romney to win the nomination (you know someone in Vegas is keeping track of this stuff). Because if it comes from Bill Kristol, it’s one hot take, baby!
Listen above via the Masters in Politics podcast. The above commentary begins around the 29:00 mark.
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