A nobody from nowhere the latest #NeverTrump darling

Stop the presses. The #NeverTrump movement has found a sucker to run a hopelessly losing campaign for no reason whatsoever.

If that sounds harsh, it's meant to be.

The group Better for America is putting forward a former CIA counterterrorism officer, Evan McMullin, and are trying to pass him off as a legitimate presidential candidate.

Don't feel bad if you've never heard of this guy before. His major experience - chief policy director of the House Republican Conference. Prior to that, he belonged to the most secret federal agency in government.

After the election, he can go back to a well deserved anonymity.

ABC News:

“In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up. It’s never too late to do the right thing, and America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us. I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for President.”

The group says prominent Republicans will back McMullin, who has some well-known GOP operatives working behind the effort, including Republican consultant Rick Wilson and Florida-based pollster and operative Joel Searby. Better for America has been funded in part by John Kingston, a Boston-based conservative donor who bundled for Mitt Romney.

McMullin was born in Provo, Utah, and earned a bachelor’s degree in international law and diplomacy from Brigham Young University and a master’s of business administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

McMullin served as a Mormon missionary in Brazil and volunteer refugee resettlement officer in Amman, Jordan, on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was in training at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. He completed his training and volunteered for overseas service in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, spearheading counterterrorism and intelligence operations in some of the most dangerous nations, according to the group.

Once he left the CIA in 2011, McMullin went to work for Goldman Sachs in the San Francisco Bay Area and in 2013 became a senior adviser on national security issues for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and later the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference.

McMullin's bigest problem - getting on the ballot in all 50 states. He's already missed the deadline for independent candidates in Texas, which was May 9. And some states have daunting numbers of petition signatures that he will probably fall short of.

Besides that, what has this guy got to offer that would cause millions of Republicans and Democrats to bolt their party and vote for him? He will likely be outspent by Clinton 100-1 and Trump by 35-1, making his candidacy worse than a vanity campaign. It will be designed to be a spoiler campaign, siphoning votes away from Trump. 

So why are the #NeverTrumpers going to all this trouble? Why not just declare your support for Clinton and save us all a lot of time and effort? They actually believe they will be part of the effort to rebuild the GOP after what could be a disastrous election, so coming out for Hillary is not an option. In fact, they will be pariahs if their plan succeeds. 

If McMullin gets more than 1% of the vote nationwide I will be shocked.

 

 

Stop the presses. The #NeverTrump movement has found a sucker to run a hopelessly losing campaign for no reason whatsoever.

If that sounds harsh, it's meant to be.

The group Better for America is putting forward a former CIA counterterrorism officer, Evan McMullin, and are trying to pass him off as a legitimate presidential candidate.

Don't feel bad if you've never heard of this guy before. His major experience - chief policy director of the House Republican Conference. Prior to that, he belonged to the most secret federal agency in government.

After the election, he can go back to a well deserved anonymity.

ABC News:

“In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up. It’s never too late to do the right thing, and America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us. I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for President.”

The group says prominent Republicans will back McMullin, who has some well-known GOP operatives working behind the effort, including Republican consultant Rick Wilson and Florida-based pollster and operative Joel Searby. Better for America has been funded in part by John Kingston, a Boston-based conservative donor who bundled for Mitt Romney.

McMullin was born in Provo, Utah, and earned a bachelor’s degree in international law and diplomacy from Brigham Young University and a master’s of business administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

McMullin served as a Mormon missionary in Brazil and volunteer refugee resettlement officer in Amman, Jordan, on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was in training at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. He completed his training and volunteered for overseas service in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, spearheading counterterrorism and intelligence operations in some of the most dangerous nations, according to the group.

Once he left the CIA in 2011, McMullin went to work for Goldman Sachs in the San Francisco Bay Area and in 2013 became a senior adviser on national security issues for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and later the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference.

McMullin's bigest problem - getting on the ballot in all 50 states. He's already missed the deadline for independent candidates in Texas, which was May 9. And some states have daunting numbers of petition signatures that he will probably fall short of.

Besides that, what has this guy got to offer that would cause millions of Republicans and Democrats to bolt their party and vote for him? He will likely be outspent by Clinton 100-1 and Trump by 35-1, making his candidacy worse than a vanity campaign. It will be designed to be a spoiler campaign, siphoning votes away from Trump. 

So why are the #NeverTrumpers going to all this trouble? Why not just declare your support for Clinton and save us all a lot of time and effort? They actually believe they will be part of the effort to rebuild the GOP after what could be a disastrous election, so coming out for Hillary is not an option. In fact, they will be pariahs if their plan succeeds. 

If McMullin gets more than 1% of the vote nationwide I will be shocked.