From this week's Phoenix, a look at Donald Trump
TRUMP AMONG THE REPUBLICANS
challenged vulgarian Donald Trump has begun a run for president. The
Donald is campaigning on an anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-Muslim, and
pro-birther platform. It comes as no surprise that — at this point, at
least — he is running as a Republican.
jumped to the front of the GOP pack faster than a Tea Partier can say,
"You're fired." According to CNN, the real-estate tycoon and
reality-show star is tied with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee,
each showing 19 percent support among those polled.
If Trump were to do something truly bold, such
as name Charlie Sheen as his running mate, then former Massachusetts
governor Mitt Romney might as well surrender any hope of sitting in the
The CNN poll was bad
news for Romney; he dropped seven points. Romney now enjoys only
11-percent support among Republican voters. That's the same as former
House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the chronic adulterer running as a
waning enthusiasm for Sarah Palin, the Sage of Wasilla and former
half-term Alaska governor nevertheless nosed out Gingrich and Romney by a
point. Tough cheese, boys. Glenn Beck may be having second thoughts
about Palin, but she's still more popular than either of you.
Still, the Trump candidacy is baffling.
the scheme of things, Trump's running makes a certain amount of sense.
He is an egomaniacal blowhard. And that has rarely been a handicap in
What is hard to fathom, however, is the ease with which Trump navigated the transition from public curiosity to public figure.
Trump sticks with it, will the electorate demand full disclosure of his
numerous bankruptcies and assorted wheelings and dealings?
Trump, the art of the deal often rests on filing for bankruptcy. Viewed
from this angle, his run may be a perfect metaphor: not only for the
state of the Republican Party, but also for the condition of the
American political system.
presidential fantasies may be a bad joke, but talk of this guy as a
serious candidate validates the old saying, "You will never go broke
underestimating the intelligence of the American public."
This, of course, is the mantra of the corporately owned media, the promoters of this farce. Sleep tight, America.