I’m sure that many of you, like me, have spent the last two weeks wondering why, oh why can’t we find any Republicans willing to run for President in 2012? Well, fear no more! Given the complete lack of interest expressed by any other candidates, New York real estate magnate and reality TV host Donald Trump may allow himself to be pulled off the bench and answer the call.
“A lot of people think I should,” run for office, he said. “You know, frankly, because I speak what people really know should happen, like when they talk about trade wars like it’s a horrible thing, you know, China is taking such advantage. I have friends who do a lot of business with China, and they can’t believe what they’re getting away with — and I don’t blame ’em, if they can get away with it, they should get away with it. So I say things like that, and people don’t really say things like that, and then they do polls, and you know, Trump ends up, you know, well in the polls. Would I rather not do it? I would rather not do it. But I am really thinking about it, first time in my life.”
During a longer video with Fox News (video) The Donald goes into more detail about how the world has lost respect for America under the Obama administration, as well as the need for his type of “finesse” to be a truly effective commander in chief.
Missing from the online versions was a segment aired on MSNBC this morning where one interviewer asked him (since he would presumably be running as a Republican) if he was pro-life. His response came in two parts. First, he responded that he was “not ready to make that announcement yet.”
“But,” he continued, “when I do it’s really going to shock you.”
In all fairness, I don’t recall ever hearing the Master of Apprentices address this question before and a quick search on the web didn’t produce anything conclusive for me. (If any readers have a link to an earlier position you are invited to provide it in the comments section.) But I do have to wonder how anyone could reach Trump’s age as an observer of politics and not be ready with an answer to that question.
But those are just minor details and not worth quibbling over here. The main point is, the Republican Party should finally be able to fill the ego void which currently leaves them bereft of willing White House candidates. Rejoice!