I was hoping to avoid this. But I guess we have to. So okay, let’s talk about Donald Trump.
Billionaire. Television star. Presidential candidate?
Donald Trump vowed Thursday to wage a hard-charging and lengthy presidential campaign, including filing his financial disclosures with the Federal Election Commission as early as next week, as unease continued to swirl throughout the Republican Party about his incendiary rhetoric on immigration.
In a wide-ranging, 30-minute interview with The Washington Post, the billionaire real estate mogul and reality-television star also said he has serious concerns about other GOP candidates and refused to commit to supporting the eventual nominee in the general election.
“So many people want me to run as an independent, so many people,” Trump said. “I have been asked by — you have no idea, everybody wants me to do it.”
Pressed about whether he would back the Republican ticket if he fails to win the nomination himself, Trump left the door open for a third-party bid of his own. “I would have to see who the nominee is,” he said.
For now, Trump said, he thinks that the “best chance of defeating the Democrats” is for him to “win as a Republican because I don’t want to be splitting up votes.”
Democrats are giddy and the GOPE is aghast at the prospect of Donald Trump winning the Republican nomination. They can both relax, because it ain’t never gonna happen.
So why is he getting so much attention?
Donald Trump is like the guy who sprints out to the front of the pack at the start of the Boston Marathon. For about a block he is leading the race, then he runs out of gas and disappears into the crowd, never to be seen or heard from again. But he can brag that he was in the lead for a while.
This happens every four years. Unlikely candidates generate some publicity and shoot up in the polls. Then gravity takes over and they return to earth.
Trump is saying things that nobody else is. Even though some of those things may offend the tender sensibilities of the Left and the GOPE, for most people what he is saying isn’t all that outrageous. I’m not saying that they all agree with Trump, just that they aren’t shocked and offended.
Actually, I don’t think anybody is really all that offended. A big tell is that you don’t see him quoted very much, you just see a statement that what he said was racist and offensive. Nobody is really talking about what he said, they are talking about the fact that he said it.
Donald Trump says a lot of things. He has been saying a lot of things for a long time now. Some of those things are completely at odds with what he’s saying now. There is a yooge archive on The Donald, and you can bet that political operatives are digging thru it at this very moment. Trump’s money won’t protect him from his own mouth.
Sooner or later he’s going down. But will he take the GOP down with him?
Very doubtful. Those of us who follow politics closely often forget that most people don’t GAF about the things we obsess over. They simply aren’t paying much attention right now.
A year from now there will be a GOP and a Democrat nominee. People won’t care about what somebody who didn’t win the nomination said this year. In fact, they won’t care much about anything the eventual nominees say and do right now.
Hillary is counting on that fact. If/when she wins the nomination nobody will be talking about Benghazi or private email servers. Well, the Republicans will still be talking about it, but they were never gonna vote for her anyway.
It’s those notorious low-info swing voters that matter, and they are busy chasing squirrels right now. Big, fat, shiny squirrels.