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Donald Trump is in second place for Republican presidential nomination
Donald Trump caused something of a spectacle at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington DC. We should know: Commentator staff were there to witness the hubbub as Trump launched into his tirade against Congressman Ron Paul’s electability, while eager young students chanted their brutish slogan, “End the Fed!” during Trump’s speech.
Now, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Trump seems in with a shot of securing the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential election, amazing as that may sound.
Former Arkansas Governer Mike Huckabee and Trump drew second at 17%, just behind the curious 21% commanded by the Mormon hope Mitt Romney. But is this poll just a freak incident as some commentators are suggesting? Or does ‘The Donald’ actually stand a chance? To the latter, some say yes. We say probably not.
What’s striking about the multi-billionaire’s approach to the campaign so far is his approach to engaging the electorate. Lambasting an ‘also-ran’ (Ron Paul) at a conference dominated by his fans and ploughing cash into a spurious investigation into the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency (yup, he’s a "birther"), are perhaps not the greatest ways to command the intellectual high ground.
Nonetheless, there are certain outcomes one can predict from Trump’s political entanglements – one of those being record viewership for his television show ‘The Apprentice’.
His friends seem to agree. Take the rotund Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie: “Donald's a really good friend of mine, I don't know that Donald really wants to be president," Christie said in an interview that aired Wednesday night.
And, Christie added: "I don't know that he wants that in particular. ... We've spoken about it and all I could say to you is, I’ll believe it when I see it.”
We very much concur. The potential candidate list for the GOP, with a few obvious exceptions, is anybody's guess at the moment. So, we'd say this: reserve your judgement for when the novelty acts have had their publicity fill. In the meantime, let’s all sit back and enjoy the show.
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