From their current lead editorial:
The Republicans seem to be reeling, unable or unwilling to comprehend that a shady, bombastic liar is hardening the image of their party as a symbol of intolerance and division.
Last summer, as Mr. Trump began to rise in the polls, party leaders took umbrage at the idea that they’d have to do something to keep the nomination from the likes of him. They stood aside and said, let voters decide. Now voters are deciding. They are leaning, in unbelievable numbers, toward a man whose quest for the presidency revolves around targeting religious and racial minorities and people with disabilities, who flirts with white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, who ridicules and slanders those who disagree with him.
His opponents, meanwhile, have rushed to adopt his anger-filled message. It’s small wonder that Republican leaders don’t seem to know quite what to say.
Sure, but it’s the policies those neoliberal “Republican leaders” have espoused since the days of Nixon that have created the anger the fuels the rise of Trump, Cruz, and Rubio, each adroit in his own way at pandering to the inchoate rage and frustration that simmers just below the surface of an electorate hungry for simple explanations.
And as their policies saw wealth distributed upward, jobs outsourced first across borders, then across oceans, labor unions destroyed, courts packed, and media consolidated, the dispossessed sought to lay blame for their sense of loss, and those same Republican leaders created scapegoats, folks with more melanin than most of those Republicans, people with a lot less money, people who spoke in languages with more words ending in vowels, and people who prayed and dressed differently.
You folks at the New York Times played the same game, leading the push for one war after another, espousing “reason” and “moderation” in dealing with problems that, to those a their sharpest end, called for more radical responses.
The road to Trump, Cruz, and Rubio was charted long ago, back when Cheney and Rumsfield were toiling in Nixon’s White House and Rupert Murdoch was still earning his spurs as the Dirty Digger.