Mitt Romney has added his voice to the chorus of Republicans who are dismayed that an ignorant demagogue such as Donald Trump could be poised to capture the presidential nomination of their grand and noble party.
In a speech Thursday morning, Romney said, "Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University." He laid out a comprehensive case for why Republicans should reject Trump and pick one of the other candidates still in the race.
But before we start lauding Romney for being a statesmanlike voice of reason and moderation, it's worth remembering a few things about him.
To begin with, four years ago, Romney eagerly sought and won Trump's endorsement. This was after Trump went on a crusade to prove that Barack Obama was born somewhere other than America, so it wasn't as though there was some mystery about whether Trump wanted to appeal to the basest prejudices within the Republican electorate.
But more importantly, Romney ran a campaign that was utterly demagogic and dishonest. It may not have been quite as appalling as what Trump is doing now, but in many ways it was similar, the only difference being that Trump says out loud what Republicans such as Romney prefer to imply.