Via Mediaite, if you’re not sure why this warrants an “oh my,” kindly read this post first. We’ve reached the point of Trump saturation, I think, where there’s temporarily not much left to say. Liberals hate him for his Birtherism and want to believe he’s some sort of Biblical plague visited upon Republicans to punish them for the sins of their fringe. Prominent conservatives hate him because his record is, shall we say, spotty and because he’s sucking up media oxygen from more viable candidates. And precisely because the left and those darned establishment RINOs hate him, the base … doesn’t love him, exactly, but is at least willing to reserve judgment for the time being. Which means it’s going to take something drastic — something utterly horrifying to grassroots conservatives — to shake them awake and convince them that this is a guy they could never, ever support.
My friends, I think that moment has arrived:
Donald: I love your attitude. And I’ve seen your attitude, and that’s why I’m doing this interview.
Meghan: If you run for president, will you hire me for your campaign?
Donald: I like the idea! I love it! Will you do me a favor? See how I do, and you call me at the right time. I’m serious about it…
Meghan: I think you need to go to New Hampshire and should go to every single town hall and convince the people of New Hampshire that you’re the best candidate. But life on the road isn’t easy. Have you ever stayed at a Holiday Inn?
Donald: I wasn’t always rich. I used to stay at Holiday Inns all the time! Did you see Good Morning America today and the Today show?
Meghan: I didn’t like George Stephanopoulos’ questions.
Joking aside, there’s actually a (kinda sorta) newsy bit in that interview — namely, Trump laying into Romney as someone who “doesn’t resonate” and whose speeches are composed of “little trivial statements.” Just this morning, David Corn at Mother Jones wondered whether Candidate Trump won’t end up being a huge headache for Romney by stealing his crown as the businessman in the field. True enough, but it’ll be doubly potent if Trump starts lashing rhetorically at Romney too. If nothing else, the guy has a keen instinct for pleasing the base by throwing roundhouses at its enemies. Thanks to RomneyCare, his “establishment” pedigree, and his de facto frontrunner status, Romney’s momentarily their enemy too. (Needless to say, though, they’ll turn on a dime, as they did with McCain, if Mitt becomes the nominee and takes on The One.) The rest of the field had a lot of fun bashing him three years ago; Trump will have fun too, for as long as he lasts in the race.
Exit question: If Trump is a liability for Romney, is he an asset for Palin? Have a look at this fascinating table of media share per candidate compiled by Nate Silver. Palin’s dropped off the grid somewhat over the past three months, leaving a vacuum in the all-important “dynamic celebrity conservative populists whom the press loathes” category. With Trump’s eruption on the scene, that vacuum has been filled (with a vengeance). But it’s not just the press: Trump’s appearance at a GOP fundraiser in Iowa two months from now looks set to shatter the attendance record set by Palin last year. Her campaign strategy, I’ve always assumed, is to jump into the race late-ish and completely dominate the media coverage, rendering people like Pawlenty and Gingrich (and maybe even Romney) afterthoughts. She won’t dominate that coverage with Trump in the field, though, and since they’re both hated by the establishment and supported by the grassroots, they’re going to be competing to some extent for the same niche. So to repeat: Is he an asset or liability for Sarahcuda?