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Donald Trump Rally
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Donald Trump Rally

Republicans attempted to turn the F.B.I. investigation into Donald Trump's residence into a rally for the former president, putting him in his democratic comfort zone as a partisan primary target and victim, and they were successful in postponing the party's plans to focus on other issues as the midterm elections approached. The speed with which Democrats disbanded and focused on the political ramifications of the Mar-a-Lago search, despite their lack of understanding of the F.B.I.'s investigative methodology or the potential criminal activity that could be revealed, highlighted Mr. Trump's status as the party's lynchpin and the person whom its representatives and midterm candidates most heavily rely on for support. Some party leaders made an effort to channel conservative animosity to...