DML OPINION: The editor of The Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol, has been on a personal crusade to find a candidate to unseat Donald Trump for months. And for months Kristol has been unsuccessful in finding a candidate willing to accept the job.  But according to Kristol that’s all about to change. He tweeted this message on Sunday:

Bill Kristol is either delusional or just out to get TV time — maybe both.

Anyone with half a brain knows that a credible Independent candidate would hand Hillary Clinton the White House. How ironic this would be considering the last time a well-known, well-financed Independent candidate emerged onto the scene the result was Bill Clinton being handed the White House. In 1992, Ross Perot ran as an Independent and stripped votes away from George Bush Sr.

Aside from his choice to ignore history, self-proclaimed conservative Bill Kristol appears to be overlooking the rules.

In order for an Independent candidate to appear on the ballot in November, he or she must collect roughly 900,000 signatures and file paperwork in individual states by certain dates. If Kristol has found a person willing to take the plunge and basically destroy any chances of stopping Hillary, then I wonder if he or she realizes they don’t have much time left. For example, the biggest Republican state is Texas, and the filing deadline in Texas already passed on May 9, meaning Kristol’s candidate would start a campaign knowing he or she will NOT be listed on Texas’ ballot in the general election.

Each state has its own deadline, with some extending until the end of August, but there are several important dates coming up in the next few weeks. For example, North Carolina’s deadline is on June 9th, and that state requires nearly 90,000 signatures. Illinois’ deadline is June 27th, New Mexico’s and Indiana’s are June 30th, and Georgia’s is July 12th.

There are only three candidates who would have an outside chance of pulling off a run this late:

1) Mitt Romney, the former Gov. of Massachusetts has the name recognition and experience to run. But he doesn’t have the personal war chest. He would have to raise a ton of money in a very short period of time. He’d have the support of the Koch brothers, and other big money donors, but the people have rejected him twice already.

2) The former Mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg. He is a mega billionaire. He has both the money and name recognition to run a campaign this late in the game. But Bloomberg is not a conservative. Plus, both he and Romney have already said they are not interested in running.

3) The only other possibility is billionaire Mark Cuban.  Recently, he said he is not interested in running for president. But he did say he’d accept the VP role if either Clinton or Trump come calling. But he is not a conservative, so what is Kristol thinking?

Cuban is a real threat.  I would not be shocked if Cuban is Kristol’s guy.   Maybe Mark sees opportunity — lets face it, the unfavorable poll numbers that hover over Clinton and Trump do present the mirage of an open door.  Could it be that Mark believes he doesn’t need Texas in order to win? Or better yet, could it be that Cuban cares less about winning?  Maybe Cuban’s goal is to see Trump fail!

Connect the dots.  He says he is willing to run with Hillary, thus, he must believe she offers value to America.  Plus, Cuban loves to hate Trump.  Mark has the money and the name recognition. Between owning an NBA team and hosting a hit TV show that gives youngsters a chance to start a new business, Mark’s got the whole millennial thing going in his favor.  Tack on his guts and loud mouth approach and he’s a real threat to Trump.

If I were a betting man, I’d put $1 on it being Bloomberg, $5 on it being Romney, $10 on it being Cuban, and $1,000,000 on Bill Kristol’s career coming to an end.

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