In yet another twist to this election cycle, a small group of political mega-donors is quietly garnering support to bring in a new presidential candidate in the event Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump receive the nominations from the major parties.
While the group may be small it is massively influential, as can be seen in the staggering amount of work already completed.
Close to a dozen influential donors—involving politically-involved billionaires with deep pockets and conservative leanings—are ready to put their resources behind Mattis. At their request, a small group of political operatives have taken the first steps in the strategic legwork needed for a bid: a package of six strategic memos outlining how Mattis could win the race, in hopes of coaxing him in.
The group’s rationale for rallying behind America’s favorite general is simple.
“Everyone is hoping that Ted Cruz pulls it out, but I think a great deal of Republicans would rally behind an American hero if the choice is between Mattis and Trump. He’s a man of character and integrity. He’s given his life to his country. How do you ask someone like that to leap headfirst into this toxic mud puddle of a race? It’s damn hard. But Trump is a fascist lunatic and Hillary has one foot in a jail cell. That means the lunatic can win. I’d be first in line to plead with the general to come save America.”
Mattis, who ran U.S. Central Command from 2010 to 2013 is legendary for his “warrior monk” beliefs and quotes, such as:
– “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f— with me, I’ll kill you all.”
– “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
– “You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”
– “Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.”
Political strategist Rick Wilson, who is involved in the project, gave his thoughts on a Mattis presidential run:
The theme of 2016 is ‘all bets are off’ and this is a cycle where the unexpected has become the defining characteristic of this election. In a moment when American politics on the left and right has been upended, and where the frontrunners of both parties are compromised, the time may be upon us where a uniquely qualified, and uniquely credible third-party alternative like General Mattis can take the stage.
What do you think? Is the world ready for a President Mad Dog?