There is something both fascinating and appalling about all this focus, particularly among politicos on the 2012 presidential election. Most Americans, I would daresay, are barely even paying attention. And yes already some are reporting that Republicans are wringing their hands in despair at the quality of the field (via Memeorandum).
Shouldn’t we at least wait until the fall of this year to begin speculating about who will be throwing their hat into the ring?
Lately, we have seen a lot of focus on Donald Trump, who, in a recent CNN poll, “tied with Mike Huckabee for first place when Republicans are asked who they support for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012“. The real estate mogul is also saying that he “will ‘probably’ run as an independent candidate for U.S. President in 2012 if he does not receive the Republican party’s nomination,” which, as Ed Morrissey puts it, means the all-but-certain reelection an an unpopular incumbent:
Trump has the money (at least for now) to mount a vanity campaign as a third-party alternative to the two major-party nominees. This would end up splitting the anti-Obama vote and set the President up for an easy re-election through a popular-vote plurality that would translate into an overwhelming Electoral College majority.
Right now, it seems that Trump is as interested in generating headlines as he is in running the country.
All the said, you gotta give Trump credit for getting media attention. And for asking the one question about the president’s attitude toward birth certificate the media won’t address. As Sarah Palin put it:
“You know, more power to him. He’s not just throwing stones from the sidelines. He’s digging in there. He’s paying for researchers to know why President Obama would have spent two million dollars to NOT show his birth certificate. So more power to him…
…well you know I think he was born in Hawaii because there was the birth announcement put in the newspaper. But, obviously if there’s something there that the president doesn’t want people to see on that birth certificate. Then he seems to go to great lengths to make sure it isn’t shown.”
If Obama has nothing to hide, why is he spending so much money to try to hide it?
Like Governor Palin, I believe Barack Obama was born in Hawai’i and meets the constitutional requirements to serve as President of the United States. Even so, one wonders why he is going to such incredible expense to prevent the certificate’s release. You would think our media would be looking into that. Maybe there is an innocent explanation.
That said, it takes a self-promoter like Trump to get people talking about the issue.