On the day Mitt Romney called Donald Trump a con man, a fraud and a phony, and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz subsequently ran Trump through a televised debate buzz saw, the Republican Party may have hit a new low in self-disparagement.
Its 2012 presidential nominee first provided the Fox News debate team all the raw material required to keep Trump on the defensive for two hours. Then the debaters did the rest, as Rubio joined Trump in a display of gutter-speak over such matters as genitalia size and other matters better suited for locker-room chatter.
For once, attempts were made to draw out Trump on his unending boasts about his wealth and charity, raising doubts about both and generating flashes of anger and impatience from Trump. But once again, it was all about Donald as near-panic seized the party over the prospect of his nomination in July.
At one point, moderator Chris Wallace quoted verbatim from Romney's all-purpose indictment of Trump: "The bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics."