Donald Trump has no intention of running for president.
Don’t get me wrong. The Donald may hold a June press conference (his self-appointed decision time), where all the mainstream press will flock to hear the grand announcement that “after much consideration I’ve decided my country- and its economy- needs me.”
Trump may throw his comb in the GOP primary ring (he’d never cover that famous mane with a hat!), but I believe he has ZERO, ZILCH, NADA intent on winning the nomination or running against Obama in the general election.
Then why would he do it, you ask?
Well, first of all, the man LOVES the attention! The recent media fawning has helped ratings for The Apprentice, and likely boosted interest in his other business ventures. And it’s all about the dollar for The Donald. Even if he has no serious interest (and my following theory is off-base), the tease has translated into cash for Trump.
But I believe it’s about even more than money. Let’s face it, the GOP primary crew is another mostly-anemic blend of has-beens, wanna-bes, and almost good enoughs. It’s going to take some personality to spark voters’ enthusiasm (ala ’08’s Palin jolt to McCain’s campaign) if any of these fine folks have a chance in Kenya of beating Obama. What? What’d I say? Kenya?
Well, I didn’t say it. Trump did.
“I want him to show his birth certificate. I want him to show his birth certificate,” Trump said on ABC’s “The View.” “There’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like.”
The Birth Certificate. The red meat of so-called Obama “conspiracy theorists.” A topic few serious candidates have dared raise. Contender and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has said that Obama ‘absolutely’ was born in the U.S., and former governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty was quick to distance himself from Trump’s questioning.
TPaw told MSNBC’s Morning Joe, “I, for one, do not believe that we should be raising that issue. … I think President Obama was born in the United States.”
So why is Trump bringing this up, especially if he wants to win?
“Fire in the hole!” Donald Trump is the bomb-thrower.
(Can I say bomb-thrower? Is that acceptable in the “new tone?” You know I don’t mean literal bombs, right? Just wanted to make that clear.)
Trump can, and will, and is, saying things about Obama (and the Chinese) that the other candidates won’t. And, just perhaps, there’s a mild orchestration to The Donald’s “madness,” or as some like to call it, truth.
Could it be that Romney (or Pawlenty or Gingrich, but most likely Romney) is the silent partner in all this press? Is is possible that Trump has been recruited to stir up doubts about Obama and the way he’s managing the country, in the blunt way only he can, and in order to keep others out of the mud. (And if you’re thinking it’s just a waste of his time, Trump has MUCH personal financial interest wrapped up in getting rid of our current anti-business President.)
The strategy would have Trump moving hard and fast in the media against Obama for the next two months and then deciding against the Republican primary, or he could give it a go and pull in MUCH more public interest and media attention to the GOP primary debates and campaign appearances over the next 12 months, all the while taking it on the chin for the more “serious” Romney.
Trump would be the Dennis Kucinich of the GOP’s 2012 field. He’d say what no one else could.
And he’d have no chance in Kenya of winning.
Update: Could Evangelicals be taking an interest in Trump? Check out David Brody’s report for CBN News here.