Said CNN political commentator Ana Navarro on Jake Tapper's Sunday show yesterday.
Navarro is on the GOP side, but she worked on Jeb Bush's campaign and has been very anti-Trump. She talks about unnamed "friends" who tell her they disagree with things Trump is doing but it's "such a... steady rain of things" in an "emotionally exhausting week." And not just emotional exhaustion, but they are saying: "I can't survive politically if I am confronting the man every day."
She said "Republicans need to appeal to their sense of consciousness, to their principles to what is right and wrong to American values, and they need to speak up." We laughed at that because the normal word to use there would be "conscience" (or "conscientiousness"), but maybe these Republican friends of hers so inert that their consciousness is in question.
I know one might speak of levels of "consciousness" as in "consciousness raising." You can be conscious and yet gain a heightened awareness of something — a raised consciousness — especially with respect to something political.
But these GOP friends of Navarro's are not only conscious, they have heightened awareness, and it is of something political: their own political survival: "I can't survive politically if I am confronting the man every day."