In the land of the blind; the one eyed man is king. So says an old piece of wisdom. The truth of this wisdom may be seen in the current run up to the official announcements of candidacy in the Republican Party. There are many small characters such as Santorum, Barbour, and Bachman. A few medium size characters like Palin, Gingrich and Huckabee. And there is one very large character; Donald Trump, know by his nickname; The Trump.
The Trump is indeed a very large character by contemporary standards in which character size is measured by notoriety, fame and ego. He is both famous and notorious for being very rich. Famous and notorious most particularly for the ways in which he has become rich, gone into bankruptcy and re-emerged as richer than before. His ups and downs and ups happened in the world of big time New York City real estate deals and in the building of big time gambling casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Most of his high profile properties have The Trumps name prominently displayed; a display of a very large ego, which is very large part of The Trumps cachet.
The Trump took his business wheeling and dealing and parlayed it into his TV reality series Celebrity Apprentice; in which he oversees, in a Caesar like manner, a competition among a group of neo-celebrities like Latoya Jackson, Gary Busey and Meatloaf, to determine which one of these worthies will get a job with The Trump. Like Caesar, The Trump gets to go thumbs down on those he won’t hire with the now famous phrase; “You’re fired”.
The Trump has also burnished his “man of a thousand deals” image by acquiring a major beauty contest and once again taking on the part of “Caesar as Solomon” in deciding whether the winner, a “Miss California”, was moral enough to reign as Queen of the Beauties after she offered her politically incorrect view about gay marriage. The Trump decided she was moral enough, until some risqué pictures of her surfaced; then it was thumbs down ‘” “You’re fired”.
Add to all his deals, shows, and other escapades, several high profile divorces and marriages and The Trump’s reputation is getting pretty complex. But ignoring the complexities, The Trump see himself as the ultimate big time deal, especially in his own mind; which has lead him to make a lot of noise about running for President of the United States.
Compared to the likes of mild mannered Tim Pawlenty, down home Mike Huckabee, loud mouthed Haley Barbour, flip-flopping Mitt Romney, crazy talking Michelle Bachman, heavy baggaged Newt Gingrich and even loose lipped sassy Sarah Palin; The Trump looms large over the competition in the public perception of who is the big new thing of the moment. Since his announcement of thinking about making a run for the Republican nomination; The Trump has gone from the bottom of the list to be tied for the top spot among Republicans as their choice for the head of the ticket in 2012. So “in the land of the blind”, made up of a group of potential candidates with lots of negatives and very little to recommend them for being the Republican nominee; The Trump, “the one eyed man” by virtue of his being famous for being rich and famous, is king.
Of course The Trump has to keep his wheels and deals prioritized; so he can’t officially throw his very large hat into the ring until Celebrity Apprentice wraps for the season. Then, after the all consuming effort of sorting out Jackson, Busey and Meatloaf, The Trump will have time to apply his infinite wisdom to deciding if America is worthy of his condescending to be their potential leader, or will he go thumbs down and give America a “You’re fired”.
It appears, however, that The Trump is somewhat serious about making it look as if he is really planning to make a run for the Republican nomination and either with or without it, a run against President Barack Obama for the Presidency in 2012. The Trump has already picked out a segment of the Republican base upon which he will plant his lead foot in order to make the climb to the top; the “birthers”. These are the folks who don’t believe the President was born in the United States, and so is not qualified to be the President. They believe this despite overwhelming evidence that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and despite that not a single piece of evidence to disprove this fact has surfaced in all the years Republicans have been trying to defeat or get rid of him. None the less The Trump, who hadn’t said a word about his doubt concerning Obama’s birthplace until three weeks ago when he decided to think about running; has repeatedly, at every interview opportunity, in the most heavy handed ways possible, made it clear to the “birthers” of the T-Publican wing of the GOP; that he’s one of them. The Trump has imbibed the Kool-Aid in big swallows and all but overnight become the darling of the far out right TEA Party faithful. The Trump’s massive ego requires him being the spot-lit center of everyone’s attention and pandering to the most extreme, least thoughtful, but noisiest, highest profile group on the Republican fringe certainly did the trick. His poll number shot through the roof and he made the talk show rounds basking in the controversy.
If only political controversial posturing was all that was necessary to win a nomination; Palin, Santorum or Gingrich would have sewed up the nomination long ago. But alas it takes more than wild accusations and a bit of unrealistic tough talking about China to round out a Presidential campaign. The Trump touts his experience as a businessman as making him the best guy for the President’s job. But balancing the budget and the thousand other important decisions the President has to make on America’s economic policies requires quite a bit more than making an artful deal. It requires a sense of the common good and some good common sense; two traits The Trump has so far failed to exhibit. Most of his business portfolio has to do with sneaking through the back corridors of bankruptcy court, getting public billionaire welfare or playing ball with or against The Trump’s fellow “busnisters” in the gaming industry. On the foreign policy front The Trump’s most infamous adventure was the time he “screwed” (his word) Muammar Gadhafi on the rental of some land on which to pitch his tent; a less than diplomatic tour de force.
All in all the man who would be President has quite a long ways to go before he shows America he really has the political domestic and world chops for the job. Until he shows more than the ability to self inflate and pander to the most extreme denominator; Trump ‘” You’re not hired! And by the way; what’s the story with that hair?