Shortly after Reince Priebus released his statement tonight there was a veritable flood of statements released from various GOP officeholders currently running for reelection. They were all some version of ‘this is indefensible, this is unacceptable’ with some customization left to the individual politician’s sensibilities. And then no more.
In other words, no defections or recantations of support. The timing of the statements strongly suggests that they were released after some high level conference call or decision making. But the general plan seems clear: Say it’s deplorable and then hunker down.
We’ll have a list of the various statements for you shortly.