As I chat with other political observers around the state about the slowly evolving Republican presidential field, it has become increasingly clear to me that we all share a common wish for the 2012 primary cycle: a Donald Trump candidacy. At a time when tea party-infused rhetoric on the right has become both familiar and predictable, it is precisely Trump’s unpredictability that makes one yearn for his entrance into the race. Trump just sounds different – not only due to his authentic New York accent, but because of how he talks about politics, in general. It is perhaps the best opportunity for the Republican presidential primaries to avoid the standard I’m the true conservative discourse we get every four years.
I don't think Trump will be the Republican nominee for president in 2012, but as I noted in a post back in October of last year, he sure could shake things up a bit. Along these lines, just last week Trump held out the potential for a June surprise announcement. Given that his Miss USA pageant (co-owned with NBC) is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas in June, Trump the entrepreneur no doubt realizes that the opportunities for cross-promotion with a presidential announcement are virtually limitless.
Back posting on Tuesday.
Posted On: 03-11-2011 11:26:22 by Jim Splaine
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