Has the GOP come down with a massive case of Amnesia? Has it forgotten why it has been pandering to the intolerants for some thirty plus years? There is no way that the Wall Street establishment — the real GOP — can possibly win without the know-nothings whom Donald J. Trump has hijacked.
The Fox News audience (Republican base) makes up at least 40% of Republican voters. If the Republican establishment dares use the nuclear option, running a third party slate against Trump, and thus sending the choice of who’s to be the next president to the House of Representatives where Paul Ryan and co. pick a Republican of their choice, this ploy will only work one presidential cycle.
This is because Trump’s block of voters will surely revolt against the GOP as a reaction to this under the table maneuver, morphing the GOP into a rump party, causing it to lose in quick succession both the House and Senate,
Once that happens there is no road back for traditional Wall Street Republicans. Trump and his ilk will control 25% of the total popular vote, the know-nothing crowd. The Wall Street elite will end up being at best 30% of the total popular vote, with the controlling balance firmly in the hands of liberal Democrats.
Thus, in this reality, with the House and Senate having fallen to the Democrats, even if there are future three way presidential elections, throwing it upon the House to choose a president, for the foreseeable future the president can be neither a Republican nor a winner from whatever the Trump crazies decide to call their movement.