Yes, it’s a day for introspection and atonement, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have at least a few minutes of gleeful happy dancing over the ongoing implosion of the Trump campaign.
Infighting among Republicans, rats scurrying off the ship before it sinks, and a defiant nutball who did just well enough on Sunday night to keep from being tossed off the boat, have combined to create the real prospect that this election turns out to be a rout of mythic proportions.
Republicans are reaping the whirlwind. Even though we’re supposed to be fasting today, a nice little taste is in order:
Donald Trump declared war on the Republican establishment Tuesday, lashing out at House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and other GOP elected officials as his supporters geared up to join the fight amid extraordinary turmoil within the party just four weeks before Election Day.
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By backing away from Trump, Ryan and his allies were hoping to insulate themselves and their majorities on Capitol Hill from the baggage weighing down the nominee’s flagging campaign. For many, the breaking point was the 2005 video.
But they are suddenly dealing with another problem: an impulsive and bellicose businessman with an army of loyal supporters willing to exact retribution against elected officials they feel have abandoned them. The rift could have profound ramifications for the Republican Party as a whole, shattering any sense of unity and jeopardizing its chances of holding onto the Senate and even, potentially, the House.