The next stages of the GOP Presidential campaigns: passivity, rationalization, acceptance. Shouldn't be too hard. It's just the step from dog whistles to cat calls. - gwc
G.O.P. Debate: The “Never Trump” Movement Gives Up - The New Yorker
by Benjamin Wallace-Wells
At last night’s Republican debate, in Miami, the campaign to stop Donald Trump from within the Party appeared to be all but over. The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, appeared onstage before the debate to reassure the audience that “this Party is going to support the nominee—whoever that is—one hundred per cent.”
During the main event, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz seemed to have parachuted in from an earlier moment in the campaign, when the stakes were low and the policy discussions were earnest. “I cannot believe how civil it’s been up here,” Trump observed midway through. “Be smart and unify,” he said in his closing statement. Trump is trying to seem more Presidential. The Party is trying to find a way to live with him.