Open thread: Trump endorses Romney; Update: Video added; Update: Trump discusses endorsement

posted at 3:33 pm on February 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

It’s set to air any minute now so turn on your cable news net of choice. I can’t stress enough what a letdown it’ll be if this thing doesn’t turn into an utter fiasco on par with the final few Weiner pressers last year. I keep imagining Trump bringing Romney out onstage … and then shocking him by endorsing Newt. Or announcing a third-party run. C’mon. Awesome.

Updates are coming, so stand by.

Update: How much are Democrats enjoying this spectacle? Well, here’s Carney making the obligatory “combover” joke at today’s briefing…

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…and, via Greg Hengler, here’s lifelike talking-points robot Debbie Wasserman-Schultz trying out a new class-warfare-themed zinger from the DNC’s writing team…

…and, not to be outdone, here’s the DNC ad team piling on.

Update: A spurned Newt is having fun with Trump’s signature line today too:

While his archrival Mitt Romney was getting an endorsement in the GOP presidential race from real estate mogul Donald Trump, Mr. Gingrich was speaking at Xtreme Manufacturing, a company that makes telescoping forklifts, delivery trucks and cubes that can be used for everything from living space to laboratories. He start off with “some fascinating differences” between himself and Mitt Romney. “Let me say first of all that I like hiring people,” he said, in a dig at the former Massachusetts governor. Mr. Romney made headlines last month for saying he liked “firing people” when talking about health-care companies that fail to provide good service…

“Mitt Romney and Barack Obama seem to believe that a safety net is all the poor need,” Mr. Gingrich said. “What the poor need is a trampoline so they can spring up.”…

Mr. Gingrich, for instance, often says those receiving unemployment assistance should have to enroll in business training programs. Meantime, Mr. Gingrich brushed off reports that Mr. Trump is supporting Mr. Romney. While touring the factory, Mr. Gingrich said he hadn’t expected the endorsement and wondered aloud how the star of reality TV show “Celebrity Apprentice” manages to garner so much attention.

Newt is a better fit for Trump, but I guess it was more important to Trump to perpetuate the illusion that he has the midas touch by backing the likely nominee than to throw in with the newly minted populist. Question: Will Newt’s populist turn entice him into hitting Romney on this or is he too exposed from the big money his Super PAC’s getting from billionaire Sheldon Adelson?

Update: And just like that, it’s over after five minutes. I’ll add video when it’s available but the money line from Mitt was, “It means a great deal for me to have the endorsement of Mr. Trump.” Conservatives are grumbling on Twitter that he shouldn’t have stooped to doing this but I don’t think he had a choice. If he refused to kiss the ring, Trump would have spent the next nine months attacking him publicly on oafishly over-the-top populist grounds. There’s a market for that, and with the election likely to be close, Romney probably figured he’d better do whatever he can now to avoid losing any support on his right flank. Special thanks to all the grassroots voters who briefly made Trump the GOP frontrunner last year; without that fleeting benediction of him as some sort of serious political player, this spectacle wouldn’t have happened.

Update: Another line that Romney evidently felt obliged to say: “I spent my life in the private sector — not quite as successful as this guy, but successful nonetheless.”

Update: Here’s the clip via Fox News Insider. Ben Smith of BuzzFeed tweeted that it looked like a hostage tape.


Update: In case you’re hungry for more, here’s Trump with Cavuto immediately after the presser.



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So, which is it? Communist or Marxist?

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

the worst of both…

jimver on February 2, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Oh where oh where is haner tonight why did he leave the Mitbots so soon, they searched the world over and thought he found true love, he dropped the f-bomb and then he was gone!
In the old hee-haw melody, if anyone can remember.

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Anyone who got in on the first open registration and planned on being obnoxious probably created a sock puppet during the second open registration a week later (see lib4life/social-justice). Maybe haner is still with us and is just using a different handle.

Kataklysmic on February 2, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Kataklysmic on February 2, 2012 at 6:12 PM

You are right about the sock puppet thing..:)

PS..Can you say frobeinus??..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I was payng attention and applauded him for it.
So how come he can’t say “thanks, but no thanks” to this putz?

katy the mean old lady on February 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM

He’s a lot older now. Maybe he has low T. :-}

DoubleClutchin on February 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Sultanofsham on February 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Thank you for collecting those quotes and sharing them. They were so damn funny!

I think my favorite is from JA:

Of course Trump will endorse the open marriage candidate…skanks of a feather stick together.

JA on February 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

LMAO

Burke on February 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I just think its so funny, seeing how he was so into mitt, then gets banned on a winning night.
To good to make up.

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM

You are right about the sock puppet thing..:)

PS..Can you say frobeinus??..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I think we both know who frobenious was, yeah?

Kataklysmic on February 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Romney now accepts the endorsement of one of the biggest womanizers in the country?

Well … isn’t that “special”.

HondaV65 on February 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Do you mean Newt, Clinton or Limbaugh?

Basilsbest on February 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Hey BedBug, Socialist, I believe.

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I’m going to be honest, but I don’t want it to ruin my reputation, so don’t tell anybody.
I’m sick of this class warfare crap that my party is spewing.
I like making money. I like spending money and it’s nobody’s business how much I make and spend because I work hard for it.
But, don’t tell anyone.

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

47 million can’t be wrong.

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

BedBug, of course they could, plus of that same group, you won’t get 47 million again. So at least a portion were wrong. This is just anecdotal evidence on my part, but I know a lot of folks with buyers remorse, you know the usual group, indies moderates and liberals. Of course most all, if not all Conservatives, but that kinda goes without saying. No 0 is in a heap of trouble.

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Romney is a guy who was born to lead. Obama has been ushered into one job after another…

rubberneck on February 2, 2012 at 6:21 PM

You are right about the sock puppet thing..:)

PS..Can you say frobeinus??..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I think we both know who frobenious was, yeah?

Kataklysmic on February 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Twerp was talking about frobebinous the other night. Who is it? The race card? That guy was a moron. I wanted to tell him to bugger off so many times, but couldn’t comment.

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:21 PM

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Agreed, its impossible to deny that self interest and capitalism have made things better for all.

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I think we both know who frobenious was, yeah?

Kataklysmic on February 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I have my ideas..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I think we both know who frobenious was, yeah?

Kataklysmic on February 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I thought the hammer had swung, I figured he was off studying cartography somewhere else.

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Bedbug

WHAT, YOU MEAN YOUR HUMAN, Hehe I knew it a week ago!

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I’ve had Bonanza reruns on all day so I wouldn’t have to see Trump on TV. So far it’s working.

juliesa on February 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Well good for the Donald, at least he’s not sitting on the fence. In the long run this is going to help Newt, so thanks again Donald.

DDay on February 2, 2012 at 6:25 PM

this is a HILARIOUS punk on Newt. hahahaha

Drunk Report on February 2, 2012 at 6:25 PM

I have my ideas..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM

It’s unfortunate. I hope he drops his jihad against ALT and comes back under his original handle at some point and continues commenting.

Kataklysmic on February 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I have my ideas..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Hi Dire
You sure the hammer didn’t swing on the map maker?

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM

In the long run this is going to help Newt, so thanks again Donald.

DDay on February 2, 2012 at 6:25 PM

How d’ya figure that? Do you think that anyone is going to vote for Mitt because of the Trumpster? Do you thin anyone is going to vote against Mitt because of the Trumpster? I doubt I could find a single person either one way if I spent the next month calling one number after another from the phone book to ask.

Annoy Sarah Palin, vote Mitt!

MJBrutus on February 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Bedbug

WHAT, YOU MEAN YOUR HUMAN, Hehe I knew it a week ago!

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I came in with the assumption, though I had read HA for a while, that you guys were so different, so angry and bitter.
Not so.

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Kataklysmic on February 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Maybe..But you know some folks can’t seem to do that..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Agreed, its impossible to deny that self interest and capitalism have made things better for all.

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Dictators practice capitalism, while making their subjects slave under socialism.
I’m learning, Bmore I can see now.

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Hello..:)

PS..To answer your question..I do not know..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Bitter and clinging to my religion and guns,
yep that’s me.
AARP
ARMED AND REALLY PISSED

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 6:33 PM

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

You mean China for instance?

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Trump endorsing the guy who now looks like he has a easy path to the GOP nomination didn’t take any guts. I like Trump, but this just seems so weak.

Romney almost looked embarresed.

magic kingdom on February 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

The Hair endorses the Hair Product

Soul Surfer on February 2, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Dire
When I spoke with ALT a few nights ago, that was the conclusion we drew, unless we were wrong or something changed. On a side note I was doing some research on something on some really old threads. It was interesting to see how everyone here was with one another before all of us came into your lives. A lot of fun seeing the old comments, some from you my friend. Pre smiley’s. : )

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Kataklysmic on February 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM

FYI: You need to check out the Green Room..J E Dyer just wrote a good article on Sarah Palin and her reasoning for wanting the Primary to continue..I think you will like it..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Dire straits
I can see another email, but unless ya change computers isn’t it the same ip address?

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:37 PM

That is interesting..:)

PS..I do it sometimes myself..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:41 PM

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Yep. I’ve had Trolls from here come to my blog to attack me, using other names.

kingsjester on February 2, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Thanks for the heads up buddy. I’m on the road right now but I’ll check it out later

Kataklysmic on February 2, 2012 at 6:42 PM

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I think you are correct..You would need to different IP’s..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Ben Smith of BuzzFeed tweeted that it looked like a hostage tape.

Ben Smith is just another in a long array of silly men.

VorDaj on February 2, 2012 at 6:44 PM

That is interesting..:)

PS..I do it sometimes myself..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Dire
I hope I haven’t been a bad addition to the HA family. I have been trying hard not to be. ; )

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Bmore
I know they were kinda tight, but I hope some of us fit in in the long hall, and some fade away.
I was messed up the first time I got all fired up, and couldn’t comment. I didn’t understand a closed blog. But I’m not the brightest at times.
;-) haha

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM

You and most others have been very good additions..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I came in with the assumption, though I had read HA for a while, that you guys were so different, so angry and bitter.
Not so.

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM

We have strong opinons. The jerks weed out.
Most here are pussycats. Well, maybe not me but I’ll go easy on ya for a while.

A while, mind you.

katy the mean old lady on February 2, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Kataklysmic on February 2, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Be careful and have a good evening..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:47 PM

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 6:46 PM

You get that muffler fixed. Why do they call it ” the mistake on the lake “, again?

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

OBAMAROMNEY 2012 !!!!!!

Progressive soulless nominees again from both parties, it’s like 2008, 2004, 2000, 1996, 1992, 1988, 1976, 1972, 1968, 1960, 1956…………all over again!

PappyD61 on February 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

You and most others have been very good additions..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Thanks Dire, if you ever see me getting out of line, please correct my course. Okay?

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Kingjester
That stinks, I don’t get why ppl who don’t MOSTLY agree come here or to personal blogs, just to pi$$ ppl off. There is no reason, unless there very little ppl.

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

America is lovin them some big TEATS on that Federal sow!!!

Relax republicans, you’ll get your turn back on them. There’s plenty to go around.

Swwwwwweeeeeeee weeeee weeeee wweeee.

PappyD61 on February 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

You don’t need me to tell you how to act on HA..You will do fine on your own..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM

You mean China for instance?

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:33 PM

North Korea is a BIG clue, huh?

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

I wasn’t aware of North Korea practicing any thing other then misery. South Korea on the other hand. Love those satellite night time surveillance photos, very telling.

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Bmore
salt, snow,lots of drunkin idiots I could go on and on.
I got my girls muffler fixed, see what I mean,salt sucks.
Everything falls off your car sooner then later
Grrrrrrrrr
One day i’ll get out, gotta take care of a older family member first.

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

I wasn’t aware of North Korea practicing any thing other then misery. South Korea on the other hand. Love those satellite night time surveillance photos, very telling.

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

No, I meant that the leaders dine on steak and whiskey while the populace dines on grass and dirt.
Capitalism for me. But not for thee.

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

I came in with the assumption, though I had read HA for a while, that you guys were so different, so angry and bitter.
Not so.

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM

We have strong opinons. The jerks weed out.
Most here are pussycats. Well, maybe not me but I’ll go easy on ya for a while.

A while, mind you.

katy the mean old lady on February 2, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I don’t make a habit of pi$$ing off mean old ladies. Thank you.

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

You’re a good man, not really all that angry either. Congrats on the ccp. You did get it, right?

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Passed the test,gotta get to sheriff next week.
thanks;-)

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 7:08 PM

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM
I think that description is more a kin to communism, socialism, but not capitalism. Could even be crony capitalism or fascism. But definitely no relation to Capitalism.

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 7:09 PM

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Fingerprints. You are in the system now for sure. Congrats !

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

All right y’all I’m out for supper and then some more thread hoppin. I always check back just out of courtesy.

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Bmore
See ya around
;-)

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM

honestly, I can’t wait for all the books that will come out about this GOP primary. It must be even juicier behind the scenes

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

So, have I got this correct? Romney is now Trump’s b!tch?

silvernana on February 2, 2012 at 7:25 PM

If Romney is the nominee and is elected, he is going to be a one term President and will be replaced by a much more liberal Democrat and we are going to be right back to where we are now.

How do you know this? What factual basis is there that could have possibly led you to this conclusion?

Romney will do some nice things in the beginning, but will then begin appeasing the media and the Democrats by disasociating himself from “extreme” conservatives while at the same time he will begin pushing more regulations, more government spending for the poor and other Democrat ideas. I expect him to make at least one new government agency or bureaucracy.

He will do some “nice things” but not just in the beginning. What leads you to your broad negative conclusions?

By the next election, whatever good he did won’t make a bit of difference. ObamaCare or the new RomneyCare will make the economy worse and the Romney administration and the Republicans will get the blame for a bad economy… even if it’s significantly better than it is now. The mainstream media will not be telling people how much better he has been doing than Obama.

Look, the mainstream media will likely not report fairly on what any Republican says or does, so why would that be a harmful thing only if Romney is the one who is elected? The press and media now detest Gingrich because of his generalized attacks on them in SC, and my educated guess is that they are rather uniformly champing at the bit to tear him a new one, much as they were with Nixon.

It’s just plain reality. A rich RINO/lib is not going to revitalize our economy enough or be conservative enough to change the direction we are heading.

What “plain reality” are you talking about? Romney is the most broadly successful and widely experienced candidate available to challenge Obama, including the breadth of rich business and other institutional experience over his career that he can draw on to take the right steps to help reinvigorate the American economy — including finding numerous ways to get the government out of the way.

It’s so unfortunate. I am coming to the conclusion that I will never see a better America in my lifetime. Maybe my children will, but I know I won’t.

JellyToast on February 2, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I say “nuts” to that sort of pessimism! Look, you may be disappointed right now that your favored candidate did not pan out. But don’t extend that to your view of the campaign to replace the disastrous Obama administration in the fall. You do sound like you’re beginning to reconcile yourself to the fact that Newt is not going to be the nominee, and that Romney is. Well, that’s a good first step!

Come on over, JellyToast!

Trochilus on February 2, 2012 at 7:27 PM

This is where we’ve arrived.

Allendundit on February 2, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Romney now accepts the endorsement of one of the biggest womanizers in the country?

Well … isn’t that “special”.

HondaV65 on February 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Do you mean Newt, Clinton or Limbaugh?

Basilsbest on February 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

If Trump had endorsed your fellow Newt…all of you would be singing Trump praises. I agree with Basilsbest….

Newt is done. Get over it.

Redford on February 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

If Trump had endorsed your fellow Newt…all of you would be singing Trump praises. I agree with Basilsbest….

Newt is done. Get over it.

Redford on February 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Well, I am sure Basilsbeast is a fat lady, but I am waiting for a different one to sing first before I give up on Newt.

astonerii on February 2, 2012 at 7:43 PM

this is a HILARIOUS punk on Newt. hahahaha

Drunk Report on February 2, 2012 at 6:25 PM

It’ll be even funnier when Trump punks Romney, rescinds his endorsement, and runs third party. Impossible? Are you sure?

ElectricPhase on February 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Newt is done. Get over it.

Redford on February 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Might be, but if you invest your 401k on it, or party, you’re a fool.

The fat lady hasn’t even thought about clearing her throat. It’s going to make the Obama/Hillary ‘war’ a tiny battle.

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM

This > Trump endorsement story.

sublibertate on February 2, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Jailbird
Seriously, someone named jailbones was around early this morning, is this a worshiper, clone or was it you in case of ban hammer?
Please don’t let there be a twin!

angrymike on February 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

jailbones has been active several times a week. It’s like libfreeordie and liberal4life confusion… I’ve seen people go after jailbones on jailbird’s comments.

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Ugh link problem (that’s what I get for trying to comment with my phone)

This > Trump endorsement story.

sublibertate on February 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

So, which is it? Communist or Marxist?

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Yeah, because it’s totally impossible to be both.

Since when democrats become so illiterate? They used to be dumb, but relatively book smart.

joana on February 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

If you’re going to insult someone’s intelligence, at least make sure you can lace a complete sentence together first.

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Hey, genius, care to point out any differences between Marxism and Communism? In real life that is, as in USSR, Red China, Korean Republic, Cuba and some other places. Since I know YOU have never experienced neither Marxism nor Communism on your own skin why don’t you shut the f**k up for a change and try listening to those who can actually think and base their opinions on factual data as well as real life experience. As should all other idiot liberals/progressives whose book knowledge of the subject amounts to absolutely nothing and only points to their one digit IQ levels (at best) and their absolute inability to think independently. Which is the basis for Marxism/Communism in the first place: herd mentality with “no thought” beat into your brain until submission. Its obvious it has worked on you pretty well.

You know, 300 TRILLIOIN flies eat sh*t, doesn’t mean the rest of us should. When you use numbers, at least try to think about what numbers mean. And don’t.

riddick on February 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Sigh…RomneyCare isn’t socialist. Medicare is socialist. Medicaid is socialist. RomneyCare isn’t.

therightwinger on February 2, 2012 at 3:55 PM

You’re not required to get Medicare or Medicaid, and most people don’t if they have any option. You’re all covered by ObamaCare whether you like it or not, and you’re all funding ObamaCare, whether you like it or not.

At least Medicare and Medicaid are limited government programs rather than required for all Americans.

And the only real difference between ObamaCare and RomneyCare is that RomneyCare, being a state program, was contained within the borders of Massachussetts.

tom on February 2, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Egg on Face Dept.

Jen Rubin, 02/02/12, 9:00 a.m., Washington Post.

(Someone forgot to send Jen the memo!)

Egomaniacs R Us: Trump to pick Newt

INC on February 2, 2012 at 3:37 PM

HAHAHAHAHA

That is too delicious for words.

faraway on February 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

What’s so funny about that is that Rubin went to all that trouble to connect all the dots from Trump to Gingrich in the most unflattering way possible, and then Trump endorses Romney.

You have to enjoy sycophancy failing.

tom on February 2, 2012 at 8:04 PM

So in a defense of Mitt, you brought up Palin.

Midwestprincesse on February 2, 2012 at 3:56 PM

It’s all they’ve got. Mitt stands for nothing.

ElectricPhase on February 2, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Apparently, Mitt stands for “Palin is snowbilly nobody imbecile!”

Based purely on observation.

tom on February 2, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Trump made this big blustery threat to “run as an independent” if the GOP doesn’t get “the right” candidate, so there is no way he could have endorsed Newt — who is unlikely to get the nomination — because folks would be looking for him to follow through on his threat. Trump is all talk. He doesn’t want to look like a total blowhard, so he endorses the guy who likely will get the nomination, and then says “Well I can’t endorse a guy and then run against him.” This endorsement is saving Trump’s ass from looking like a fool down the road trying to explain why he isn’t running after all — which he had no intention of doing in the first place.

Rational Thought on February 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM

That’s pretty good as an exercise in spin, but I think we all know saying “the right candidate” left Trump plenty of elbow room to rationalize not running, no matter who won the nomination.

tom on February 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Anyhoo, if Mitt can learn to stop the bloopers and defeat Barack the Giant Jobs Killer I have faith in his abilities…

Buy Danish on February 2, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Well said, BD. I concur.

greeneyedconservative on February 2, 2012 at 8:39 PM

I’m not voting for Romney.
If he wins he’ll destroy the GOP and conservatism and we’ll have another Democrat President in 4 years.
Since he will do little or nothing to actually change course, working with the Democrats, he’s going to become another Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I’m voting 3rd party if he’s the nominee or I’m not voting for President at all. The quickest way to freedom and a restoration of America is through another 4 years of Obama. Let the Marxist be elected again. We’re all going to end up in the same place anyway, whether it’s Romney or Obama. Look at all the wonderful things Arnold did for California and look at who just took over after Arnold.

Romney is the next Arnold Schwarzenegger. I can still remember Senator Trent Lott saying he’d consider looking into changing somehow the natural born citizen requirement in the constitution just to help Arnold. The Republican establishment would sell out every man woman in child in America if they could cement their own monarchy. They care little to nothing about our nation, just about their own power and bank accounts.

JellyToast on February 2, 2012 at 8:48 PM

I’m not readin’ back through all previous posts to see if someone already asked:

Does this endorsement mean he’s really for Romney, or against him?

listens2glenn on February 2, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Mitt Romney is not going to let a groundhog decide when spring is coming. It’s coming when he says it’s coming.

csdeven on February 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM

trump’s angling to score with coulter

rik on February 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Anyhoo, if Mitt can learn to stop the bloopers and defeat Barack the Giant Jobs Killer I have faith in his abilities…

Buy Danish on February 2, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Bank on this

Romneyteurism™ of the Day

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Brilliant!

Hey HA, could we get a Romneyteurism™ of the Day?

Gladtobehere on February 3, 2012 at 12:58 AM

JellyToast on February 2, 2012 at 8:48 PM

So you won’t even engage in debate? Or even respond to an intellectual challenge?

That is the distinctive mark of a close mind, and of intellectual cowardice, JellyToast.

Sorry you would not even respond to the challenge. I had hoped for at least something . . . what a pathetic response!

Bye bye!

JellyToast and Obama . . . Perfect Together!

Trochilus on February 3, 2012 at 1:43 AM

tom on February 2, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Well, whoopie! You found a media supporter who got caught in a spin cycle!

Of course, that does not reflect on the candidate one bit, but it certainly gives you the chance to crow.

Please fully enjoy your thirty seconds of fame!

And, if that really turns your screws, then you certainly have to have had a really good chuckle at the downright idiocy of the Gingrich campaign confirming yesterday for the Wall Street Journal that Trump was indeed endorsing Newt, no?

Somehow, however, I sense that you simply have no real sense of humor when it comes to recognizing the risible inconsistencies of Team Gingrich.

Nor, I am sure, do you recognize that his recent and persistent public rantings are one of the primary reasons people have so strongly turned against him.

Trochilus on February 3, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Wait for it with the DNC adopting Soros’ comment about there not being very much difference between Romney and Obama. “Why vote for the imposter? Vote for Obama, the real deal.”

Romney is tailor made for an Obama victory in November.
{^_^}

herself on February 3, 2012 at 4:19 AM

I’m George Soros And I Approve This Candidate!

Newt’s brand new ad, of course Romneybots will stick to their selective logic group think in the same manner their cousins the Obots do Obama. Two sides of the same coin. The video proves it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wAkKl3Y8xmQ

wtng2fish on February 3, 2012 at 5:02 AM

This whole Trump endorsement thing is pretty stupid. However, Romney might be able to turn it to his advantage. The next time that Trump says something stupid (e.g., some birther remark), Romney should attack him for his divisiveness. That kind of a Sister Soljah moment will play to Romney’s benefit with moderates, and it won’t cost him much of anything. I’ve gotta’ think that Trump’s support is pretty worthless.

ghostwriter on February 3, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Trump made this big blustery threat to “run as an independent” if the GOP doesn’t get “the right” candidate, so there is no way he could have endorsed Newt — who is unlikely to get the nomination — because folks would be looking for him to follow through on his threat. Trump is all talk. He doesn’t want to look like a total blowhard, so he endorses the guy who likely will get the nomination, and then says “Well I can’t endorse a guy and then run against him.” This endorsement is saving Trump’s ass from looking like a fool down the road trying to explain why he isn’t running after all — which he had no intention of doing in the first place.

Rational Thought on February 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM

That’s pretty good as an exercise in spin, but I think we all know saying “the right candidate” left Trump plenty of elbow room to rationalize not running, no matter who won the nomination.

tom on February 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I think that the analysis above is spot on: Trump endorsed to get himself off the hook, because Trump doesn’t have the stomach to take the knocks once he gets in the arena? Remember the look on his face at the Press Club dinner when Obama and all of those comedians were ragging on him? And within a week, he dropped out of the race. The guy has a glass jaw, and this endorsement closes the circle for him. However, if Newt stages a comeback, Trump will be in a very bad spot.

ghostwriter on February 3, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Sultanofsham on February 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I’m in awe. HOW do you keep track of the most offensive of the posts? When I have the time and the post is so far across the line, it’s left the field, I copy and paste in a Word file. Mostly I don’t have the time. How do you save stuff? Can you search for stuff?

Portia46 on February 3, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Trump has evolved himself from business sage to inane celebrity.

dunce on February 3, 2012 at 2:48 PM

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