As Donald Trump bows “out of the 2012 contest in true Trump fashion on Monday, saying that while he would not be a candidate this year, if he had run, he would have been able to win the primary and the general election too“, the only question is why it is generating so much media buzz.
Perhaps it’s because since the media who brought him to the forefront of the 2012 campaign needed to find their own kind of closure to the circus they created. In his brief moment in the political limelight, the real estate mogul and reality star did nothing to further the debate on the important issues of the day.
That said, he did contribute to our understanding of our compromised political discourse. To be sure, he did end for once and for all (save for those who can never be pleased) the “birther” controversy, getting the president to do something he should long since have done to quiet the controversy.
He also showed us two things we already know. First, that many in the media will do whatever they can to sensationalize the presidential contest (and attempt to make Republicans look extreme, crazy or both in the process).
And he provided yet another example of just how prickly the president is, taking everything so personally. Why did the Democrat have do hold a press conference when the White House released the certificate, lecturing us on civil discourse or national priorities or whatever when all he needed to do to trump Trump was to have some minor administration aide take questions when the certificate was released?