What’s worse? Breaking with Trump and risking that the Trump constituency stays home, turns on the party after the election, or both? Or continuing the awkward embrace of condemning Trump for specific transgressions but holding on to him as the nominee in the hope of protecting the party’s Senate and House majorities in November?
No one can say where the party is heading, other than into a maelstrom of its own making. That the party leadership bears some responsibility for the rise of Trump has long been clear, no matter how much many hoped he would never become the nominee. Now it’s a full-blown crisis. The election is four weeks away, but for the GOP, resolving the problem of the two Donald Trumps can’t wait that long.