William Kristol is having wet dreams about the ideal Republican candidate just in case Donald Trump and Ted Cruz don’t bring in the voters.
Who could such a mysterious dark horse be? Well, it’s not as if every well-qualified contender is already on the field. Mitch Daniels was probably the most successful Republican governor of recent times, with federal executive experience to boot. Paul Ryan is the intellectual leader of Republicans in the House of Representatives, with national campaign experience. The House also features young but tested leaders like Jim Jordan, Trey Gowdy and Mike Pompeo. There is the leading elected representative of the 9/11 generation who has also been a very impressive freshman senator, Tom Cotton. There could be a saner and sounder version of Trump—another businessman who hasn’t held electoral office. And there are distinguished conservative leaders from outside politics; Justice Samuel Alito and General (ret.) Jack Keane come to mind.
You read that right: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for president because there aren’t enough white straight men already in the race and they need a little diversity, y’know?
Of course, if Justice Alito did run, he’d have to resign from the Court and that would give President Obama a chance to appoint someone. I doubt he’ll replace Mr. Alito with another right-wing jurist. I wonder if Mr. Kristol took that into consideration.