[Ed. – Plus, bonus interview with a #NeverTrump-er.]
Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Thursday evening, Rove said a “fresh face” chosen at the convention might turn the GOP’s fortunes around and win in November.
Hewitt asked Rove, “Who is the most electable Republican … of the people who could be available to run?” All the current candidates have their problems, Rove answered. But there might be an outsider with just the right combination of attributes who could lead Republicans to victory:
[A] fresh face might be the thing that could give us a chance to turn this election and win in November against Hillary.
I had a conversation Thursday afternoon with Milwaukee conservative radio host Charlie Sykes, who has played a leading role — perhaps the leading role — in the #NeverTrump movement in the days leading up to Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary. I asked Sykes whether the GOP nominee has to be someone for whom people actually voted in the 2016 primaries and caucuses.
“It’s got to go to an open convention,” Sykes told me. “What I want to see is [Trump] to come in with fewer than 1,200 votes. If he doesn’t win on the first ballot, there’s no way he wins the nomination. And frankly, anything that happens after that, I’m fine with.”