The judgment of history looms. And for some who want to make a break from Trump and chart a new path for the Republican Party, time is running short.

“It sure seems like the last best chance to stand up to the guy while it still matters,” said Liam Donovan, a lobbyist and former GOP campaign operative. “Republicans can speak up now or they can follow the path of least resistance, but at some point there will be a reckoning, and it will come at a political cost.”…

“I think if McConnell supports conviction in the Senate then the votes will be there to convict the president,” said a senior Republican aide, who requested anonymity to speak candidly.

A Quinnipiac poll taken after the violence at the Capitol found that, among Republicans, 71 percent approve of Trump’s job performance and 73 percent believe he is protecting, not undermining, democracy. Among voters overall, 60 percent disapprove of his performance, and 60 percent saying he’s undermining, not protecting, democracy.