Birther Donald Trump Campaigning For Romney Means Election 2012 Will Only Get …
Here we go again.
If you thought the intrusion of Donald Trump’s media circus into presidential campaign politics ended last year when President Obama released his birth certificate the same weekend he killed Osama Bin Laden, you were very wrong.
First there was Trump’s mumblings that he might aspire to the Americans Elect ticket. Now, Trump is putting together big fundraisers and Super PACs for Mitt Romney. The stories that have predictably sprung up about this prove one thing above all else: Despite everyone’s predictions and intentions, this presidential race is going to be about much more than just the economy.
As Bill Clinton’s campaign strategy James Carville immortally said, “It’s the economy, stupid.” It’s always difficult for an incumbent to reclaim the presidency in tough economic times. Franklin D. Roosevelt may have served an unprecedented four terms in the Oval Office, but he never would have gotten there in the first place if he hadn’t been so adept at placing the blame for the Great Depression squarely on Herbert Hoover’s shoulders.
HBO movies like Game Change can fault Sarah Palin for McCain’s 2008 loss as much as they want, but the truth is that McCain’s bid was doomed the moment the Great Recession started under a Republican president’s watch. Therefore, it seemed obvious that the Republican nominee would simply use the economic tough times to defeat Obama. But Donald Trump’s reentry into the story is the latest indicator that this is not the case, and that this campaign will go above and beyond economic discussion.
This tumultuous Republican presidential race began, of course, with Trump leading a few polls. Considering that the closest thing he had to a “platform” was a stubborn insistence on easily disprovable “birther” arguments, this was probably due to his recognizable name in a field of then-unknown contestants.
Once Obama released his long-form certificate, Trump returned to his reality shows and it seemed that the primary debates would regain a focus on the many real issues facing our nation.
But they didn’t, not really.
Michele Bachmann’s argument against Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan consisted entirely of the fact that 9-9-9 inversed is 666,
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