Caitlin Huey-Burns, Real Clear Politics:
A diverse cast of Republicans condemned Donald Trump’s call for a U.S. ban on Muslims entering the country, raising the question of whether the business mogul’s latest controversy will become a tipping point for a party at odds over how to handle the candidate leading in the polls for the past four months.
From his GOP presidential rivals to state party chairmen to new House Speaker Paul Ryan, who typically refrains from involving himself in presidential politics, the chorus of disagreement with Trump was loud and clear Tuesday. Even former Vice President Dick Cheney weighed in as a negative.
But it was the response from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that was reflective of the party’s challenge in dealing with the frontrunner – cautious condemnation without alienating the voters to whom Trump appeals.