— POLITICO (@politico) June 1, 2016
And we all saw what Mitt Romney's opinion meant to the Trump run. https://t.co/UokiiCqqkU
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) June 1, 2016
Roy Edroso, of Alicublog, casts a cold eye on David French:
… I have followed French’s career at National Review for years and will just quickly tell you that he’s not only against gay marriage, he’s also against Griswold v Connecticut, the decision that invalidated laws against contraception (“Is there a single legal doctrine that can stand against the quest for personal sexual fulfillment?” French thundered); that he denounced the widespread mourning of Prince’s death on the grounds that “Prince was ultimately just another talented and decadent voice in a hedonistic culture… notable mainly because he was particularly effective at communicating that decadence to an eager and willing audience”; that he has compared Kim Davis, that crazy clerk who refused to sign gay marriage licenses, to “men like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox — the men who first put the ‘protest’ in ‘Protestant'”; that he — well, I’m out of time for the moment, but you can peruse the archive for more if you can stand it. The point is, he makes Trump look like Eisenhower…
So, even if this brief moment of pixellated notoriety has faded by evening (the Washington Post has a dutiful synopsis on an interior page, while the NYTimes settled for reprinting a couple of paragraphs from Reuters), Mr. French seems to have earned his stint as a chew toy…
What did David French do to cross Bill Kristol? https://t.co/m9lMmu8ha0
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) May 31, 2016
Kristol should've held big press conference where he came out & walked to the podium and said "The Aristocrats!" into the mic and then left.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 31, 2016
Bill Kristol tried for weeks to find someone to run against Trump and could only find a third-tier writer at his fourth-tier magazine.
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) May 31, 2016
If French really is the mystery indie candidate, all he has to be is Trump's Ralph Nader. I'm good with that.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) June 1, 2016
Good lord he looks like a flaccid penis. https://t.co/QvxxWF0EBz
— John Cole (@Johngcole) May 31, 2016
man this is a real hit or miss look pic.twitter.com/5X7oH6lvyI
— chris hooks (@cd_hooks) May 31, 2016
i'm told French is talking to donors and potential staff as he "finalizes his decision"
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) May 31, 2016
One week ago…
Mitt Romney, Run for President https://t.co/7qPkqsmpxc the independent candidate we need.
— David French (@DavidAFrench) May 24, 2016
— Matt Welch (@MattWelch) May 31, 2016
(Gary Johnson was chosen as the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate just this weekend)
So Bill Kristol's big idea is the guy married to Bristol Palin's ghostwriter? All roads still lead to Sarah. pic.twitter.com/sWraZkgx5g
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) May 31, 2016
David French, at the National Review, in January:
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again — I like the Palins. My wife has worked with Sarah on two books, Bristol on one, and she edits Bristol’s widely-read blog on Patheos. Bristol is a former client of mine. I successfully defended her from a malicious lawsuit filed by a man who profanely accosted her in a public setting. The Palins have had their challenges, but they love this country, and both Sarah and Bristol have been tireless in attempting to influence our culture in often (for conservatives) unconventional ways — by injecting themselves directly not just into political debates but also into the liberal lion’s den of popular culture.
So I must confess that it’s a bit much to see the avalanche of conservative mockery and heckling directed at her for her endorsement of Donald Trump. I’m not saying she’s beyond criticism or that one should support Trump because of her endorsement (I haven’t made up my own mind yet, and I swing almost daily between Cruz and Rubio), but perhaps we should consider that the combination of her personal relationship with Trump, her personal experience suffering from years of the most vicious and personal attacks directed at any current or former politician in the United States, and her deep convictions regarding policy priorities for the next president have led her to this decision. In other words, she’s not simply hunting for headlines — she’s doing what she thinks is best for the country she loves…
I hope David French knows he needs to collect like 900,000 signatures in the next 90 days
— Joe Henchman (@jdhenchman) May 31, 2016
If you report on Bill Kristol’s fanfic journal you make DAMN SURE you credit the source pic.twitter.com/c0nXXaGHTF
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) May 31, 2016
— Billmon (@billmon1) May 31, 2016
David French is a lovely person, a decent person of honor and integrity. He deserves better then snarky political twitter tearing him up.
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) May 31, 2016
Then I feel bad for him, because apparently another guy w same name is debasing himself by cavorting w Bill Kristol https://t.co/db0zG3AZ7Q
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) May 31, 2016
It would be awesome if @BillKristol just played an elaborate hoax on the press.
— Eliana Johnson (@elianayjohnson) May 31, 2016
Waiting for Twitter to run through all the David French jokes/memes so I can wake up tmrw when this gasbag news story has farted itself away
— Chris Rovzar (@Rovzar) May 31, 2016
make fun of Bill Kristol all you want but the guy has made Twitter talk about some random dude all day…
— laura olin (@lauraolin) June 1, 2016