When I think of never Trumpers who are relevant, I think a lot of the consultants like Rick Wilson, Mike Murphy, and the political activists like Bill Kristol. In a way, I think their best move would be to become independents and function as political “kingmakers” and I don’t understand why more don’t already do it. It’s a lot less hazardous to be an independent these days - they could still fight against “socialism” and they could have the freedom to pick and choose which party they want to support. If they wanted a viable third party, that would seem like the way to give rise to it.
I used to be of the opinion that third parties are bad, and while I still want the Democrats to unify as a party, I don’t know if I necessarily subscribe to that view. I have entertained the idea of becoming an independent myself, and I might once the storm has passed. What’s clear is that both parties need competition.
The problem, however, is our political system makes it potentially dangerous to split parties up, especially if there’s a split in the “opposition” and for all practical purposes, given America’s long history as a conservative country, I would apply the “opposition” label to today’s Democratic party. If we had a parliamentary government without an ultra-powerful Executive, I would be more inclined to support party splitting and coalition building.