Should the GOP field keep its pledge to support the nominee?
You have nothing more valuable than your reputation. My father gave me simple advice when I was quite young, never give your word unless you are willing to keep it. Think through the consequences of your decisions before you make them, and always be honorable. I hope I have lived up to those standards.
From those rules I made a few of my own. Never trust a person who without obviously good cause breaks a promise, they are always untrustworthy. This includes marriage.
The Republican Elite here need to do as they see fit. And, so will I. Those who break their pledge, I will never believe again. They will have no honor in my sight, nor will I waste my time giving them the benefit of the doubt. They are the untrustworthy. This is one of the reasons I trust so few Democrats, they suffer from the willingness to say on thing but do another, when it matters, when honor is at stake.
I do distinguish between statements of goal, for example a politician may state, "I will get us out of X war." This is less an actual pledge and more a statement of the goal to get out of the war. When things on the ground change, I can understand he may need to change the policy as well, but I do expect him to maintain the underlying policy of getting out of X war.
This is not that. This is a simple pledge made knowingly the individuals. Yet they seem willing to disregard the pledge.
Act. But understand we watch, and will also act.
This has only to do with my understanding of honor, not of my feelings for Trump. The men involved made foolish pledges, they will not have to pay the consequences for acting immaturely. If, but, they were children, but they are not. They deserve whatever they obtain from this encounter.
Our political class is the worst ever.