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FILE — Evan McMullin, who's running for the Independent Presidential Bid, talks with the Deseret News and KSL editorial board in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016.
Can an election be disrupted with a well-funded SuperPAC, the collaboration of establishment #NeverTrump and conservative #ForeverCruz, and a third party candidate missing on the ballot in 26 states?
Absolutely. All they need to do is to refuse to support the nominee by handsomely funding a spoiler, disrupt a few electoral votes (such as Utah’s six) and Hillary could win.
Introducing Evan McMullin. Political pedigree check: Ex-CIA, CFR, Goldman Sachs, House Republican Conference policy director, globalist and establishment insider. Mormon.
The money is John Kingston, Romney bundler and “Better for America” funder. “Stand Up America” is a McMullin SuperPAC led by Kahlil Byrd, third party PAC organizer and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, largely responsible for the U.S. economic disaster and unwise foreign war entanglements leading to the rise of terrorism. Chris Ashby is the third-party ballot access attorney.
McMullin is targeting Utah first and is now on the ballot. It doesn’t matter that he has missed ballot deadlines, lacks time to organize, and probably won’t qualify for debates. Winning is not the goal.
Throughout the primaries, Romney and Kasich team-tagged, accusing Trump of flip-flops, while themselves flip-flopping from endorsement to endorsement, attempting to keep Trump from reaching the threshold. By Utah’s caucus, with Kasich’s blessing, Romney endorsed Utah’s favorite, Ted Cruz.
After Cruz dropped out, a handful of Utah #NeverTrump-#ForeverCruz delegates launched an unsuccessful attempt to unbind delegates and disrupt the nomination, at the national convention. Others boycotted the event and refused to endorse the nominee. Somehow they have rationalized it's better to elect Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump.
It's difficult to imagine that Republican leaders would actually carry out this strategy to sacrifice the Supreme Court to Hillary, and so dramatically damage their children's future. Her appointments would continue to pervert the Constitution with judicial activism. Gone would be religious liberty and Second Amendment rights. Is this worth clearing the deck for one of their own in four years?
In 1964 I was a Goldwater Girl at the convention in San Francisco’s Cow Palace. Ironically, so was Hillary. George and Mitt Romney were also there. As with Ted Cruz, candidates George Romney and Nelson Rockefeller both refused to endorse Goldwater. They cited his "extremism" that he "did not support the platform," and that he was an "embarrassment" because of his “white Southern policy” (racism, today). Goldwater conservatives knew the Left had co-opted civil rights into big government welfare entitlements taxpayers could not afford.
Richard Nixon wisely endorsed Goldwater and campaigned hard for him, while both Romney and Rockefeller failed in their presidential bids and never recovered.
Not only did Goldwater lose, Utah voted for LBJ. Those establishment Republicans were responsible for LBJ's Great Society and Goldwater was right. It was Nixon who won four years later.
The 1964 parallels are undeniable. Utah is once again a target, viewed as a possible swing state. The global establishment from all directions is funding McMullin’s campaign with millions of dollars for legal ballot access challenges in key electoral vote states.
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If we care about the Constitution and our children’s liberty, emotion must give way to reason to unite to defeat Hillary. We urge Mitt Romney, Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and all others who are helping to elect Hillary Clinton to stand up and take the lead.
Like it or not, the United States has a two-party system. It’s a contest between Trump or Hillary. A strong spoiler will definitely elect Hillary. Think about it. Our children deserve better than another four years of Barack Obama.
Cherilyn Bacon Eagar is a talk show producer-host, blogger, researcher, commentator and former U.S. Senate candidate. She is one of Utah's six Republican presidential electors.