Crazy like a fox, as they say. That may best describe Donald Trump, loquacious New York business mogul and recent visitor to New Hampshire. Look…for pure entertainment value, this guy is priceless. Would I want him for President? Ask me in six months, when I see who else is running, if gas has crested six bucks a gallon, how much closer this country is to the cliff we are approaching in a high-speed cloud of dust…and I’ll have a better idea.
Meanwhile, it would be hard to dispute the absolutely fascinating occurrence of his ascension in the polls. To be sure, among Independents, he is near the bottom and polling around 9%. In other polls, he is at the top, above Romney, Huckabee, Palin and everyone else. Incredible. He’s not even running, and I don’t believe he will run. But even if he stopped right now…zipped it…said it was all a big mistake and moved to a cabin in Montana, he has provided Republicans with an invaluable lesson. He has demonstrated, without question, which issues resonate the deepest with the average American. The economy, corrupt government, government spending, jobs and a Great Nation on the verge of fiscal and moral collapse, to name a few.
He vacillates between cartoonish and Reaganesque, at least to me. That makes it hard to pin him down. He did, I think, cause the President to finally produce his long form Birth Certificate, an issue I have always found wanting in importance. I guess I never really doubted that he was a citizen and, really, if not, what are we going to do…deport him? I found it to be in the “911 Truther” league…a little wacky. Still, Obama finally feeling compelled to produce it, is pretty astounding. It raises the question…why did he let it simmer with so many people for so long? See the “Handbook of Chicago Politics”, Chapter 1, Verse 1. They used the issue to keep that certain segment of “Birther’s” alive, well, and looking crazy to a large portion of the country.
Imagine, too, that the President had to vie for media coverage over Trump. Obama’s announcement, and Trump’s little speech from the tarmac at Pease, were equally lofty news pieces and one could easily call “Trump-1, Obama-0″ on that one. Again, incredible.
When Trump calls for an investigation into Obama’s grades and an analysis of how he landed at Harvard, he seems a little too edgy for me. On the other hand, remember how the Press hounded Bush over his attending Yale? Similar stuff, although Trump is hinting, I imagine, at Affirmative Action, and the implication with Bush was simply that he was an idiot who made Yale on his father’s coattails.
But when Trump says of Libya, and the effort to oust their leader and back the freedom-fighting rebels…”I want 5 billion bucks just to take the phone call…”, well, that actually makes sense to me. Realistic? Probably not, but I like, and so do a lot of others, the politically-incorrect, shoot-from-the-hip approach. Those kind of quips remind me of Reagan. There is a similar sentiment. Think Governor Chris Christie on steroids and with really bad hair, and you have Trump.
Who knows where this will go, but in a Presidential race that will soon be heating up, and with a field of rather lackluster contestants at this point in time, maybe Trump is worth it just for the half-time show. He has struck a chord, though. “America has become the laughing stock of the world and we are in a serious decline”. Pretty hard to argue with that.