Win or lose the presidential race on November 9, the Republican Party is at a crossroads.
Many conservatives privately wonder what the Grand Old Party will look like the day after the election.
"It's relatively easy to recuperate in politics. The voters have a short term memory on these types of things,” said Dr. Thomas Brunell, UT Dallas Political Science Professor.
Ten days ago, U.S. Ted Cruz Tweeted an article from the Conservative Review headlined: “Why conservatives will need a new party if/when Hillary wins.”
The story is highly critical of establishment conservatives including U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and suggests they would sell out to Clinton if she gets elected.
Cruz, it should be noted, later deleted the Tweet as he is still working to improve his reputation among Republicans in his home state.
Still, Brunell said it’s unlikely a third party would emerge without an issue to get behind like Ross Perot did with free trade in 1992.
But the question remains, can the Republican establishment, the Tea Party, and now Trump supporters co-exist under a single party."
You know we're almost certainly going to have a President Clinton so that gives all of those people - an easy issue to coalesce behind which is 'we don't like President Hillary Clinton,’” explained Brunell.
He predicts Republicans will change their presidential nominating process and perhaps create super delegates to give the party, rather than the people, more control over who gets selected.
"I think they'll almost certainly fix the nomination process. I'm not a big one to predict major reforms but in this case, it's kind of glaringly obvious,” added Brunell.
That’s a risky reform for a party sitting at a crossroad.