Who Is Bill Kristol’s Secret, “impressive” Independent Candidate? | Gradient

Who is Bill Kristol’s secret, “impressive” independent candidate?


Over the long weekend, Donald Trump went into a wild meltdown over Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol’s announcement of a secret “independent candidate” who would represent a reasonable alternative to Trump for conservatives.

Trump responded with one of his trademark “tweetstorms,” which he insists on typing out himself, even though his hands are scarcely big enough to hold an iPhone, let alone press the buttons.

Trump sounds uncharacteristically unnerved, and he should. An independent candidate with any measure of support would spell doom for his already doomed campaign. Kristoll doesn’t go into any details on who this new player is (Mitt Romney, Senator Ben Sasse, Speaker Paul Ryan and various other white men have been floated as possibilities), but at this point, a talking doll would be an appealing alternative.

Trump continued this tantrum well into Tuesday, telling reporters: “If they do an indy, assuming it’s decent, which I don’t think anybody with a reputation would do it because they’d look like fools. But what you’re going to do is you lose the election for the Republicans, and therefore you lose the Supreme Court. Therefore, you will have a group of people put on the Supreme Court where this country will never, ever recover, it will never, ever be the same.”

Trump’s move here is to wield his Supreme Court nominee list as leverage against the Republican Party, knowing many otherwise moderate Republicans will be tempted to vote for Trump on the slim odds that he’ll nominate a Conservative to replace Antonin Scalia. It’s not the worst campaign strategy Trump has employed, but blackmail doesn’t exactly fit into his brand as a universally beloved figure who can coast into the White House on the strength of his magnanimous personality. Whatever his other idiocies, Trump knows how tenuous his campaign is, and that his true strength lies not in making America great, but making them afraid.

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”


Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “ Aharon Rabinowitz”


Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 040


United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?

New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”


Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 039


Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.

This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “Illo


Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy.  During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 038


This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

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New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.