At Real Clear Politics by Caitlin Huey-Burns & James Arkin
The GOP is in a grand ol’ predicament.
In the wake of the recording heard ’round the political world, the
Republican Party establishment is split on whether to support its
presidential nominee or pull its resources from him to stave off a
Party leaders are weighing the risk of angering hard-core Trump
supporters — who could punish congressional Republicans who abandon the
nominee — against the risk the GOP will lose moderates and independents
turned off by Trump’s toxicity and vulgar comments.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has essentially called the race for Hillary
Clinton, focusing his efforts now entirely on preserving his majority,
and a cascade of Republican lawmakers and officials have fled their