Donald Trump isn’t going to run for president.
He is rich, enjoys himself, says bold and often stupid things, trades his wife in for a younger model every few years, and calls Rosie O’Donnell a “big fat pig.” What’s not to like?
But President The Donald Trump? Really?!
He couldn’t take the scrutiny. Given his swashbuckling life and the media’s heightened scrutiny of things Republican, Trump would spend his entire campaign putting out fires. Whether it be shady-side-of-the-line business deals, “bimbo eruptions,” tax shenanigans, enemies looking to get even, or Lord knows what else, he’d barely have time to round up enough B-listers to keep “Celebrity Apprentice” afloat.
Then there is the matter of his ideology — as in, what exactly is it? Trump has alternately called Jimmy Carter the worst president ever, then George W. Bush the worst president ever, and now Barack Obama the worst president ever. This nouveau “conservative Republican” supported “universal health care”; advocated a tax on the rich; stood pro-choice on abortion; supported Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; called George W. Bush “evil”; proposed a 25 percent tariff on Chinese imports; and has contributed more money to Democrats than to Republicans. Whew!
Like Ross Perot — an earlier rich, thin-skinned businessman-turned-presidential-aspirant — Trump barks out orders, says jump and expects people to do so. Doesn’t work that way in politics. Try jabbing an index finger at an obnoxious New York Times reporter or a pesky rival Republican and saying, “You’re fired!”
Nor will he run as an independent — as he once threatened and then un-threatened to do. An indie candidacy would siphon votes away from the Republican candidate, requiring Trump to spend the rest of his life deflecting the blame for Obama’s re-election. No fun being the next Ralph Nader, who, after costing Al Gore Florida and the presidency in ’00, can’t get a table at Chuck E. Cheese’s.
This brings us to the only reason to pay attention to The Donald. He’s turning over rocks the media can’t even locate with a guide dog and a treasure map.
Take the “wacky” birther issue. Polls show that most Republicans question whether Obama was born in America. The Supreme Court calls this a “political question” and, therefore, outside of its power of judicial review. So legally, the birther issue is deader than Elvis. Besides, Obama’s principal 2008 primary opponent, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, couldn’t nail him on the issue.
If there were something there, the hounds of the Clintons would have found it.
But are the “birther” folks wackier than the majority of Democrats who believe George W. Bush had prior knowledge of 9/11 or are unsure that he did?
Are the “birther” folks wackier than the majority of Democrats who believe that “Bush Lied, People Died” our way into the Iraq War or are unsure that he did?
Are they wackier than the majority of Democrats who, in 2008, held Bush responsible when gas prices hit $4 a gallon?
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