Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo has had as good a finger on the pulse of this cycle as anyone. Here is a sampling from today:
We've had Judge Curiel, Megyn Kelly, the banning of an entire religion from America's shores, the demand to deport 3% of the US population, the Khan family, protester beatings. Tell me when to stop, okay? There's a lot more. And yet what seems to have been the red line was Trump refusing to endorse Paul Ryan and John McCain in their Republican primaries. Yes, the Khan debacle was big. But little more than a week ago we had Republicans coming out of Cleveland saying that Trump was killing it.
I get that the Khan debacle seems particularly extreme, not only for the callousness, the violation of one of contemporary America's gravest public taboos and more than anything else the lack of self-control and overabundance of self-destructiveness. But if Trump were polling better I'm confident we'd just be seeing more handwringing. The belief that he might actually be able to win is the glue which has bound together the bad faith, hypocrisy, fear and general derp congealing the Republican party around Trump. Absent that, everybody will start to run for the hills.
So, what do you think? Has Trump finally gone too far? Or is the media just hyper-ventilating?