- The GOP has gone from dismissal to something bordering on acceptance of the Donald Trump campaign
- Some establishment Republicans say they'd choose him over other people in the field
(CNN)The unexpected and remarkable rise of Donald Trump has sent the GOP establishment into a recognizable spiral. Even before he formally entered the race in June, politicos and pundits were seized with early signs of denial -- Trump was bluffing again, they said. Now, with the first presidential primary contests on the horizon and Trump still firmly in command, the mood ranges from purple-faced anger to limp acceptance.