“A Second Coming Of Perot”?

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 12 2011 @ 12:27pm

Donald Trump is threatening to run as an independent if he doesn't win the GOP nomination. Ed Morrissey covers his eyes:

Trump has the money (at least for now) to mount a vanity campaign as a third-party alternative to the two major-party nominees.  This would end up splitting the anti-Obama vote and set the President up for an easy re-election through a popular-vote plurality that would translate into an overwhelming Electoral College majority.  Liberals are not going to flock to Trump’s side for any reason, which means whatever Trump draws will come directly from those who were already inclined to vote against Obama.  It would be a nightmare scenario for Republicans in this cycle, a sort of Charlie Crist on steroids and junk bonds but with a viable Democratic opponent in the mix.