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Trump-flavored Popcorn

April 22, 2011 - Terry Estep
I can't find it in myself to believe Donald Trump has a chance of winning the Republican nomination in 2012. I want to maintain the gentle fiction that today's Republican party hasn't completely gone of the sanity rails, even though they saw fit to put Sarah Palin on the ticket in the last election. Trump is an utterly shameless self-promoter. It's fun to watch him try to talk Gary Busey off a ledge, but do you really want him setting U.S. policy for the Middle East?

He's currently tied with Mitt Romney as an early contender for 2012. It's too soon to take any of those numbers seriously, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't getting a good chuckle out of it. The GOP, under the constant strain of trying to appease the scattershot whims of the tea party movement, has effectively chased most of the adults out of the room. A political organization that only a year ago was distancing itself from Paul Ryan's plan to gut Medicare has now embraced it wholeheartedly.

Trump is happily walking into the center ring directing the audience's attention to a clown car full of birthers demanding Obama prove beyond a shadow of doubt he's not a Kenyan-born Muslim out to destroy America, apple pie, and Andy Griffith reruns.

I don't think it'll work as a long-term electoral strategy, but it makes a great show. Until a true front-runner emerges, I plan to sit back with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy watching The Donald make the GOP establishment squirm over the monster they created when they abandoned all pretense of reason.

Here's hoping Bret Michaels gets a seat at the convention.


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