“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
So he’s finally gone and done it.
He nearly did it before.
Then he thought about it, and then he didn’t do it.
But this time he has done it – for now anyway.
Love him or hate him there is one thing for sure – a Presidential campaign with Donald Trump fully committed is going to be a lot more entertaining than one with Sarah (what day of the week is it?) Palin, Jeb (not another one) Bush, or even Hillary (no, really I’m not lying) Clinton.
Donald Trump’s show of wealth for some may sometimes border on the vulgar, but he is the personification of the American success story. He’s made a fortune, and more than once.
But is Trump equipped to be President?
Or perhaps a more appropriate question, is Trump better equipped to be President that the other hopefuls?
Whatever way you phrase the question I think the answer has to be ‘Yes’ he is better equipped. Not that that says a lot when you look at the other contenders.
Trump has made his own way in life, done deals, hired and fired, negotiated hard, got value for his money, and done a lot of it in New York City which is not the easiest place to succeed in real estate.
Contrast that with some of the other would-be’s who have spent much of their lives as the political mouth pieces for whoever could pay them the most.
Trump is also an entertainer and a man full of charisma – you know when he has walked into a room.
He and his name are also well known, which is a very big plus in an election. It means that he can and will appeal to conservatives like himself (tough on foreign policy, pro-NRA, pro-business and jobs, etc), but also to undecided and independent voters in much the same way as Ronald Reagan was able to do.
He also has the money to fund his own campaign if he chooses to do so. It is a big plus both for him and for people thinking of voting for him. Trump will not have to end up in anyone’s pocket post-election and he can start his campaign right away rather than waste time accumulating vast war chests of cash.
He’ll also find that he will have to spend less than the others to get his message out there. He won’t have to pay millions to get on to TV because when the people want to hear what he has to say the media simply cannot ignore him.
Trump is also used to getting his own way and used to winning. His ego is huge and won’t allow him to approach the battle half-heartedly.
He’s also got an attractive wife, more reminiscent of Jackie Kennedy than some of the frumps we have had to put up with before and since. But I suppose that is a sexist remark these days and should be disregarded – although believe me it won’t be by the voters.
Trump’s detractors will be both vociferous and numerous. The GOP hopefuls , mostly a collection of Senators and Governors, will not like him stealing whatever little thunder they may think they have. The Democrats, especially Hillary will be cursing the fact that the GOP has someone who can cast a very big media shadow over them. And a lot of the pseudo-intellectuals who commentate on things political will poke fun at Trump, although it will be a tough job for them to find a better equipped candidate in either party.
All in all then a presidential election with Trump involved is a much better prospect than one without him.
That doesn’t mean he’ll be the next President.
It doesn’t even mean he will win the nomination.
But it does mean that we have more fun finding out who will do both those things.
Trump has about another two weeks to file his papers with the Federal Elections Commission to make his candidacy official. Let’s hope he really does run this time, he’s going to look pretty silly now if he doesn’t.
As I said earlier, more than anything else Trump is an entertainer.
I’m looking forward to being entertained.
Roll on 2016.