With guest host Jane Clayson.
Mitt Romney has now denounced Donald Trump as a phony. A fraud. A danger to democracy. Mitt Romney joins us.
Mitt Romney punched hard, trying to knockout GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump. He jabbed at Trump conservatism. His moral character. His temperament. Anti-establishment candidate? Oh, please! Romney got some cheers and jeers. Did he wait too long to say something? We’ll ask him. This hour On Point, Mitt Romney, the GOP in turmoil. And the Democrats debate.
-- Jane Clayson
John Sivolella, professor of political science at Columbia University. Senior fellow in law and policy at the Pioneer Institute. Contributor to WBUR's ideas and opinion page, Cognoscenti. (@johnsivolella)
From The Reading List
WBUR Cognoscenti: For Republicans, The Moment Of Truth Has Arrived -- "The hour has grown late for the Republican establishment. Super Tuesday’s results scream for the party’s remaining presidential candidates not named Donald J. Trump to end their game of chicken and unify around a ticket. But are they listening?"
The Wall Street Journal: The Republican Party Is Shattering — "If trends continue—and political trends tend to—Mr. Trump will win or come very close to winning by the convention in July. If party forces succeed in finagling him out of the nomination his supporters will bolt, which will break the party. And it’s hard to see what kind of special sauce, what enduring loyalty would make them come back in the future."
Washington Post: Mitt Romney did Donald Trump a BIG favor by attacking him — " While Romney may not think the Trump takedown has been executed as well as it might by the party establishment, is there ANY Republican voter paying even a little attention who doesn't get that the party poobahs don't want Trump and think he poses a major threat to the GOP? The answer is no."
Democrats Debate In Flint
Gabe Debenedetti, national political reporter for POLITICO, covering the Democratic Primary race. (@gdebenedetti)
POLITICO: Smackdown in Flint: Clinton, Sanders spar over trade, auto bailout -- "The opening display of unity against the crisis echoed Clinton’s hope to move on from an at-times divisive primary following her sweeping wins in Nevada, South Carolina, and on Super Tuesday. She has rarely mentioned Sanders on the campaign trail since then, even as the senator has amped up his blistering attacks on her as he fallen further behind in the delegate hunt."
This program aired on March 7, 2016.