The first Catch-22 has been the subject of widespread conversation over the last few weeks. As
"We're damned if we do and damned if we don't," he added.
Lots of Republicans adore Trump -- just consider the enthusiasm at his massive rallies -- and will turn on the establishment Republicans who betray him.
But roughly one out of five Republicans do not support the nominee. College-educated married white women -- a major part of the
It's only early August and already Republican strategists are speculating that down-ballot candidates will have to cut and run from the nominee.
"If I were advising a candidate, and I used to do that for a living, the first thing I'd tell them is, 'Don't put yourself in the middle of other people's races.'" Oklahoma Rep.
That brings us to the second Catch-22. Republican candidates at this stage have no excuses to offer if they decide to repudiate Trump other than naked self-interest.
Let's assume Trump cannot mount a comeback and becomes an albatross for countless Republican candidates across the country. And let's say they jump ship. Then every Democrat in the country -- not to mention almost every pundit -- will say, "You guys were fine with Trump as the nominee when he was a racist, but now that he's hurting the whole
And there will be some truth to the accusation.
It's instructive to look at what prompted the flop-sweat panic of recent days. After leaving the
There's not enough space here to recount in any serious detail all of the self-destructive statements and bizarre rabbit holes he spelunked into -- from attacking the parents of Capt.
The message was clear: Only his willingness to endanger top Republicans' re-election was truly unacceptable behavior. Nothing else Trump said or did until then was beyond the pale.
In fact, the message was so clear that even Trump heard it. After an intervention his campaign denies took place, Trump grudgingly fell in line, reading a statement endorsing Ryan, McCain and Ayotte with all the enthusiasm of an adolescent boy forced to apologize for shoplifting.
There are no good options left for the