Bill Kristol’s reported third-party candidate, David French, is retreating from the presidential race.

Kristol ally, attorney and political opinion writer French announced in a National Review post Sunday night that he will not seek the highest office in the land:

Here is a sentence I never thought I’d type: After days of prayer, reflection, and serious study of the possibilities, I am not going to run as an independent candidate for president of the United States.

I gave it serious thought — as a pretty darn obscure lawyer, writer, and veteran — only because we live in historic times. Never before have both parties failed so spectacularly, producing two dishonest, deceitful candidates who should be disqualified from running for town council, much less leader of the free world.

French said that “the path is there” for a third-party candidate, and that Mitt Romney could win a general election running on such a ticket.

But French said about himself that he is not wealthy or “transformational” enough to get the job done. He continues:

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