Nate Silver coyly suggests that establishment conservatives might consider running some true believer for President if Trump wins the GOP nomination.
The practical effect of this would be to guarantee a Democratic win (Silver thinks even a Naderesque level of support for such a candidate would make a Trump win virtually impossible), but this might be viewed as a lesser evil. It would create a theoretical chance that a conservative Republican could be elected in 2020, whereas a Trump victory could lead to them losing control of the party permanently.
Thoughts? Would this work? Would it be a good idea? Would our conservative Dopers consider voting for such a candidate?
My thoughts are that it looks like a pretty good idea (especially the part about guaranteeing a Democratic win;)), and I hope they run with it. I’m optimistic that it will, since it would only take a small faction of conservatives to make it happen, not a general consensus.