MITT ROMNEY'S Republican rivals can be their own worst enemies. As a result, the former Massachusetts governor is enjoying a new wave of support as the South Carolina primary draws ever closer.
Many of Romney's GOP foes tried to paint the former venture capitalist as a job-killer. That mode of campaigning has backfired, subsequently giving Romney a resurgent rush of support from conservatives as well as his harshest critics.
Romney was already the GOP front-runner, with wins in Iowa and New Hampshire to his credit. Now just two days before another key test -- that being the South Carolina primary -- he is firmly entrenched in the catbird's seat.
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, clinging for survival in the Republican race for the presidential nomination, eased off such criticism while some other fading GOP candidates kept up the assault, such as Texas Gov. Ricky Perry.
Such divisive talk has Republicans saying some of their own party members are acting like Democrats. It does give President Obama some much-needed fodder to utilize in the November general election.
One of the best traits Republicans possess is their ability to unify for their party's own good, especially at election time. Right now, the GOP is beating itself up, with a potential for long-lasting and possibly fatal results come November.
Should Romney prevail Tuesday in South Carolina as expected, it may be the time for some of his campaign rivals to take a step back and reassess what is in their best interests as well as those of the Republican Party.
A Romney victory in South Carolina places him firmly as the GOP candidate to beat. Fellow Republicans might want to get on board the Romney bus instead of trying to commandeer it.