There’s no serious talk in grassroots circles of a third party movement, but Farage said that could change if there’s a “watershed moment”—like the passage of amnesty for illegal aliens into law, or a major policy embraced by the establishment half of the GOP that is in direct contravention to what conservatives believe. Farage said there's still a fighting chance in the U.S. that conservatives can eliminate establishment-minded Republicans and save the GOP from them, but that time has long since passed in the U.K.I’m not sure how much of a “fighting chance” conservatives really have of reversing the tendency toward uselessness of the Republican Party, but I certainly believe it’s worth the effort.
It will be a hard slog, though. As Farage points out, there’s an awful lot of money that flows into American politics, and wealthy donors to the Republican Party, whose goals are increasingly at odds with the desires of the rank and file, seem to have gotten a hammerlock on the party leadership. But whether we retake the GOP, or wind up creating a new party, it will probably be the work of decades – which just goes to show the wisdom of T.S. Eliot’s observation on lost causes:
If we take the widest and wisest view of a Cause, there is no such thing as a Lost Cause, because there is no such thing as a Gained Cause. We fight for lost causes because we know that our defeat and dismay may be the preface to our successors’ victory, though that victory itself will be temporary; we fight rather to keep something alive than in the expectation that it will triumph.And we know that the irreducible minimum requirement for a chance at triumph is keeping the idea alive.