MINOT, N.D. — One evening this week, I got a phone call from a Republican friend who asked me how viable I thought a third party movement breaking off from the North Dakota Republican Party might be.
It was a surprise.
This person is a Republican whose name most of you would probably recognize immediately. A serious person is what I’m trying to tell you, not some back-bench meddler.
A person who, if they left the NDGOP, would take a not-insignificant amount of money and people with them.
Still, even in this overheated moment, as the cracks created by Donald Trump’s boisterously divisive and entirely self-serving approach to politics proliferate across the GOP, it’s hard to credit the idea of a third party.