Re: 2016 US Elections: Discuss and Debate
The problem with people uniting behind Hillary to defeat Trump is that every argument also applies to Hillary. Republicans hate Hillary. They hated Obama. And the Republicans are going to be energized to take back the White House, just like the the Democrats were energized to get the White House back after eight years of George W. Bush. So it honestly won't matter who is running for the Republicans, I think the nominee is going to get a ton of support.
The Republicans backed Jeb. Then Rubio. Now Cruz. If Cruz fails or if Kasich can't steal the nomination, the Republicans will back Trump. It'll happen. Even the ones that hate Trump would be more terrified of Hillary in office, and they'll vote Trump to keep that from happening.
It's why this election is infuriating. No one likes their candidate - they only hate the other side. Cruz and Trump have abysmal favorability ratings, but Hillary isn't far behind.
And, yes, Trump could run as a 3rd party candidate. But so could Bernie. As Democrats are fond of saying, he's not a Democrat and only ran so because, like you've said, the 3rd party candidates don't have much support. But now he has the support, and if he ran as an independent, he'd get a ton of support.
Hillary is the favorite, but she's unpopular in her own party and very unpopular outside of it. She's winning the primary with the help of the DNC, the Democratic establishment, and some very favorable primary rules. She's not going to get people to rally to the polls in record numbers like Obama did, even if it's people running to the polls just to vote against Trump. Throw in just the idea of indictment (even if it doesn't happen, which it probably won't), and Hillary is no sure bet.