The Possibility of Trump
It is almost too awesome to comprehend. Famed New York real estate mogul and larger-than-life media personality Donald Trump has been making the rounds of the morning shows, suggesting that he is seriously considering a run for president in 2012 (watch a clip here). You may have also recently seen a story about Trump polling a presidential bid in New Hampshire, but he denies having anything to do with those phone calls. It is true that Trump is a veteran showman, and is highly skilled at generating a profitable media buzz for whatever enterprise he happens to be promoting at the moment. So, perhaps these appearances are designed with some other public relations purpose in mind, but maybe not.
Were he to run for president, Trump (who says he’s a Republican) would of course have no chance of winning the party’s nomination, and he is not likely willing to do the grueling legwork necessary for a legitimate third party bid. But if he were to run as a Republican, imagine the impact he could have on the political discourse in the primaries. Trump’s bluntness and general antipathy toward political orthodoxy could offer a refreshing (and entertaining) counterpoint to what is otherwise likely to be a grinding debate over which candidate is hewing most closely to the tenets of conservatism. Just imagine the televised debates, and Trump’s ability to bring the New York media along for the ride would a bonus. One can only hope.
Posted On: 10-06-2010 11:46:49 by Jim Splaine
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