Conservative’s who remain republican are just wasting their time and political capital! There is not one single solitary reason why any conservative should be a republican in this day and age.
Oh, there's one reason, for sure.
Conservatives who abandon the Republican party are doomed to live in Loserland -- probably for the rest of their lives.
Conservatives who decide to stick it out and work to take over the Republican party from within will at least have a chance to elect conservatives two, four, six, eight, ten years from now.
There is no way to splinter off and still be able to defeat RATS.
This is why we have primaries. Fight it out there but after that is over, the goal is to defeat every RAT possible.
We need majorities and that may mean accepting RINOS we'd rather not have but a RINO is better than a RAT--any day.
Forget this "third party" talk--it's destructive. We have to live in reality and I'm talking reality.