Yet here is Paul Ryan, going out of his way not to criticize Trump by name, while he delivers a statesmanlike call for more civility in the presidential contest. Several columnists criticized as a failure of courage Speaker Ryan's apparently not wanting to offend the master of the insult.
In the big picture, hardly any establishment Republicans have declared that they would withhold their support from Trump, if he emerges as the nominee.
Many in the Republican base may be embarrassed by Trump, but their leaders seem ready to march behind him if it comes to that.
The realities of power trump the dictates of moral principle and trump any dedication to basic American political norms and ideals.
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