That’s what the birther issue has been about. Does it say something about how many stupid racists there are out there? Yes. And it doesn’t necessarily speak well of Trump that he confuses appealing to them directly with speaking to them honestly. But it also speaks to a consummate businessman’s ability to sell his case to the first group that matters by putting his customer at ease with a joke and a smile. Trump doesn’t just say his opponent “will almost certainly go down as the worst president in history.” He says: Not only is Obama not good enough to compete against me, but maybe he shouldn’t even be allowed to compete against me. I’m that awesome…

Trump “reflects the id of a certain segment of populist opinion,” according to the National Review’s Rich Lowry. Yeah, it’s a segment otherwise known as Republicans. The small-government party is supposed to be all about “me.” It’s pro-business, so let’s make a deal. Bush may have abandoned the party’s philosophy, but Trump won’t. He knows it’s all about “me.” He’ll attract independents for that reason, too. Candidate Obama was more serious about “change” than President Obama. Trump will always be serious about “me.” His loyalty may be to the highest bidder, but at least he won’t sell out.