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Trump? The Republican Primary Is Now Officially A Gong Show

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Trump? The Republican Primary Is Now Officially A Gong Show









Marketing genius is perhaps the most appropriate way to describe Donald J. Trump's newest incarnation
as the announced host -- he can hardly be called a "moderator" -- of a
post-Christmas Republican debate sponsored by Newsmax, the conservative
magazine. Why would candidates agree to join this spectacle? (Jon
Huntsman quickly declined, although he can always unleash his daughters' often-brutal Twitter feed on Trump if he raises a ruckus.)


The problem immediately faced by any candidate who might not wish to
risk being "fired" by the Donald onstage as millions watch is how to
politely decline without being "fired" in a super-heated blast of
publicity right now. As President Obama discovered earlier this year,
the press eagerly latches onto Trump at every opportunity, even when he
sounds utterly deranged.


With the possible exception of Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann --
who seems to have established an actual friendship with Trump -- these
unfortunate Republicans cannot relish the prospect of an encounter with
America's towering ego. Whatever Trump's intentions, how will he be able
to resist upstaging, one-upping, contradicting, and perhaps even
humiliating each of them in turn? And which of them will want to talk
back smack to a publicity machine with his own Fox and Friends weekly
timeslot called "Mondays with Trump"?


It is hard not to feel a bit sad for the Republicans today, although
they have certainly brought this on themselves. Ed Rollins, the
legendary Reagan aide who worked for the Bachmann campaign until earlier
this year, expressed what many party stalwarts must be feeling: "Who
made Trump the kingmaker? This campaign has been enough of a circus
without making him the ringmaster."


The only sure winners in this gong show are Trump himself and his
sponsors at Newsmax, who can count on high ratings and massive media
attention. Their constituencies will not be displeased no matter how
Trump behaves. As Newsmax chief executive Christopher Ruddy told the New York Times, "Our readers and the grassroots really love Trump."


But Ruddy's remark could mean reopening a can of worms that in a
saner world would remain tightly closed. Roger Stone, the ex-Nixon
operative, former Trump consultant and full-time political schemer,
warned that while the casino magnate's role will be "interesting," there
could be dire consequences for the other participants. "Trump may
appear more appealing a candidate to those watching than those he is
moderating," he said.

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  • Nick Name 2011/12/04 09:38:03 (edited)
    Trump is one big joke.
    Nick Name
    +3
    Trump is actually an endless series of jokes.
    WND, World Net Daily is sponsoring the "debate"?
    They are titling it 'The Master Debaters'.

    Trump is also a an ongoing mystery. Why anyone at anytime would voluntarily watch this jerk on TV is an absolute mystery.

    And BTW, dammit, the original Gong Show could actually be fun.
    If you ran out of contestants - just get a member of the crew in front of the camera to dance.




    And yeah, thats David Letterman as one of the judges.

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  • Doug King 2011/12/04 19:08:27
    Trump is one big joke.
    Doug King
    Nobody pays attention to Trump in politics.
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ Doug King 2011/12/04 21:11:18
  • Queen B 2011/12/04 18:19:56
    Trump is one big joke.
    Queen B
    +1
    Don't give the Gong Show a bad name by lumping it in with this ridiculous display of clowns. Chuck Barris and the Unknown Comic wouldn't like it.....lol
    gong show
  • carolynb 2011/12/04 13:15:50
    Trump is one big joke.
    carolynb
    +1
    Another bad reality show. I am proud of Paul and Huntsman for thumbing their nose at Trump. What a loser. He promised to show his evidence of Obama not having an official birth certificate, and I am still waiting. Another liar on the right.
  • Nick Name 2011/12/04 09:38:03 (edited)
    Trump is one big joke.
    Nick Name
    +3
    Trump is actually an endless series of jokes.
    WND, World Net Daily is sponsoring the "debate"?
    They are titling it 'The Master Debaters'.

    Trump is also a an ongoing mystery. Why anyone at anytime would voluntarily watch this jerk on TV is an absolute mystery.

    And BTW, dammit, the original Gong Show could actually be fun.
    If you ran out of contestants - just get a member of the crew in front of the camera to dance.




    And yeah, thats David Letterman as one of the judges.
  • IlliniRob 2011/12/04 06:07:21
    Trump is one big joke.
    IlliniRob
    +2
    This can only help the Progressive movement.
  • twocrows 2011/12/04 05:42:08
    Trump is one big joke.
    twocrows
    +3
    I'm certain Eisenhower, both Doles - possibly even Nixon and Reagan - are turning over in their graves [except I'm not positive Elizabeth is dead. but you get the drift.]

    and Lincoln must be an interesting shade of magenta as a result of what his party has morphed into. and to think it was once the party of tolerance and equality.
    **sigh** those were the days . . . .
  • Nick Name twocrows 2011/12/04 10:04:48
    Nick Name
    +3
    That odd muffled sound is the high speed spinning occurring in many, many graves.
  • Matt 2011/12/04 05:16:42
    I'm a conservative and I think Trump is brilliant and should probably run as ...
    Matt
    +2
    If it was a gong show, this guy would win and Ron Paul would still be ignored.
    Unknown comic
  • Scott 2011/12/04 03:33:57
    Trump is one big joke.
    Scott
    +3
    How does the GOP expect to be taken seriously? They've turned the Presidential race into a third rate circus.
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ Scott 2011/12/04 03:36:25
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    +3
    It is just unbelievable to me. What do former republicans think of this band of idiots? Now they put the coyote in with the chickens.
  • Nick Name Scott 2011/12/04 10:02:41
    Nick Name
    +2
    And the flavor of the minute is Newty Getrich?
    One of the main reasons Obama got elected first time around was Bush and the repubs.
    Looks like the professional conservative whack-a-doodles are going to help keep Obama in the White House.

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