Efforts by the Never Trumpers to derail Trump's election reached the self-parody level when Bill Kristol offered a free-lancer at National Review as a third-party candidate. There also is talk of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson receiving more than the one percent of the vote he won in the last election.
I do not mean to diminish French's accomplishments as an author, soldier, lawyer and professor. I only mean what he is most famous for: columns at the National Review.
Third parties are a joke. A charade. A con. While many of the third-party candidates are sincere, some in the past were hucksters who used their candidacy to make money. Lyndon LaRouche comes to mind.
In 2012, five third-party candidates and several fourth-party candidates combined for less than two percent of the vote.
In 2008, less than two percent.
In 2004, less than one percent.
In 2000, less than three percent.
You have to go all the way back to 1996 to find a legitimate third-party candidate -- Ross Perot of the Reform Party -- to find a third-partier who caused a stir. He got 8.4 percent of the vote.
And you have to go back 48 years to 1968 to find a third-partier who actually carried a state -- George Wallace who carried five Southern states worth 45 Electoral College votes. Nixon won by 31 Electoral College votes.
Wallace and Perot drew voters because they had messages beyond being an alternative to the two major candidates. Their messages resonated among voters because they were specific: stop integration (Wallace) and balance the budget (Perot). The Libertarian message is vague and academic.
French's message of true conservatism is equally vague, but also elitist. The idea that he will make a difference is foolish.
I do not really care how other people vote. My purpose is to inform and entertain, not persuade. If people are unsatisfied with the major choices, then either they will stay home (which is what most of them will do) or vote for someone else. I do not see that as a waste of a vote. Two years after Perot's 1996 run, we balanced the budget for the first time in nearly 30 years.