With Donald Trump still riding high in the polls and primary season set to open, Republican pundits have begun to consider what might happen if Trump won the nomination. Karl Rove described Trump as "the dream opponent for the Democratic Party," predicting an easy victory for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. George Will cautioned that "if Trump is the nominee in 2016, there might not be a conservative party in 2020."
Michael Gerson amplified Will's complaint, describing a Trump nomination as "the worst outcome for the party." Unlike Rove, however, Gerson conceded that Trump might defeat Clinton in a general election—despite musing that those possessing "the humane values of Republicanism" might create a third-party to help her along. Peter Wehner fully endorsed such an effort, proclaiming that given a choice between Trump and Clinton, he "would prefer to vote for a responsible third-party alternative; absent that option, I would simply not cast a ballot for president. A lot of Republicans, I suspect, would do the same."