#NeverTrump scrapes the bottom of the barrel.
The New York Times reported last night that former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois is strongly considering a primary challenge to President Trump. Walsh is being encouraged in this quixotic endeavor by none other than Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Bulwark, and the former editor-in-chief of the now-defunct Weekly Standard.
Why Joe Walsh? Well, Bill Kristol has never been particularly discerning when it comes to potential Trump challengers. In the 2016 election cycle, Kristol first urged National Review senior writer David French to run; French ultimately withdrew a few days after his name was floated.
Kristol was forced to settle on former CIA staffer Evan McMullin as his anti-Trump challenger. McMullin managed to capture only 0.54% of the vote on Election Day, finishing behind both the Libertarian Party and Green Party candidates.
In Walsh, Bill Kristol has at least found a candidate who has held elected office: Walsh served a single term in the House of Representatives, from 2011 to 2013. But in every other respect, Walsh is a worse candidate and man than either of Kristol’s previous no-chance candidates. At this point, Kristol might consider posting a Craigslist ad for President, then choosing someone at random; he would still likely end up with a more suitable candidate.
The push for Joe Walsh represents more than the last gasp of the #NeverTrump movement. It is a manifestation of their desperation — and their contempt — for Trump, and the Americans that put him in power.