Can Donald Trump Run as a Realistic Third Party Presidential Candidate?

Bookmark and Share   Ever since most of the Republican presidential candidates declined to turn the presidential election in to a Jersey Shore-like, MTV reality TV show by attending a Donald Trump moderated presidential debate, Donald Trump has gone out of his way to try to prove that he is relevant and deep enough a person to be considered for President.   First he maintained that he if none of the Republican candidates met his “you’re fired” inspired “The Apprentice” television show standards, then he would run for President himself.

Then after being personally offended by the fact that most of the candidates did not take him serious enough to attend the Newsmax sponsored debate that he was scheduled to host, like a child in the middle of a tantrum, he ditched the Republican to make a well publicized switch of his party affiliation to that of Independent.

Personally, I was relieved when he left the G.O.P.

The way I say it, we have enough problems as a Party and really do not need the utterly pointless baggage, controversy, and distraction that is Donald Trump.  So when Trump switched Party, I said good riddance.  It was probably the very best thing he could have done for Republicans ever since he became one.

But in the days to follow Trump’s much appreciated exit from the G.O.P., he has done his best to make clear that if he is not happy with the Republican nominee, he will jump into the presidential race as an Independent candidate.

Now to be honest, if Trump were to do so, he would essentially single-handedly elect Barack Obama to a second term.  I can’t deny that Trump would hurt Republican chances of defeating the President in 2012.  Unfortunately there is a vast segment of voters who can relate more to celebrity news and gossip then they do the intricacies of politics and such things as nuclear proliferation.  They tend to pay far more attention to the latest trials and tribulations of Lindsay Lohan than they do to public policy and the allocation and transfer of power in political decision making and the roles and systems of our government.  In other words, Donald Trump’s sensationalism and celebrity trumps politics for far too many people and those people would easily support Trump if for no other reason than the fact that they are more familiar with him  than political figures like Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, or Rick Perry.

So Trump would indeed make it more difficult to defeat Barack Obama if he were to run if for no other reason than the fact that he would dilute the strength of the anti-Obama vote by splitting some of it between him and the Republican nominee.  And that really is a sad situation.  Especially since if Trump did run, there would be very little chance for his candidacy to be taken seriously by most voters.

Case in point was this very public tweet from Donald Trump’s Twitter feed which he sent out earlier today;

Donald J. Trump

realDonaldTrump   Donald J. Trump

The Mar-a-Lago Club has the best meatloaf in America. Tasty. http://www.maralagoclub.com/
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After reading that, I could not help but think to myself, “how stereotypically aloof that was”.

I mean in this day of liberal inspired class warfare when running against “Country Club Republicans” is a popular populist chant among the boisterous radicals who use their rhetoric to great success in the mass media, how helpful is it to be a candidate who is not only a rich Republican, country club Republican, but to be the owner of the country club?

And here is Donald Trump praising the meatloaf served at his exclusive Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.

I guess in his world, talking about savory meatloaf helps people relate to him better than if he discussed the delicious château brion he ate for lunch.

Making matters worse, when you click on his Twitter link you are introduced to his Mar-a-Lago website and a personal message that includes tidbits like this;

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Mar-a-Lago Club, one of the most highly regarded private clubs in the world. Located within 20 acres of perfectly landscaped gardens and with ocean views, Mar-a-Lago is truly the crown jewel of Palm Beach and an acknowledged landmark in the National Register of Historic Places. Members enjoy all of the finest amenities that the club has to offer, from our incredible beach and pool facility, to the spa and fine dining as well as world class entertainment.”

 

Trump adds;
“Since purchasing this landmark in 1985, I spend many weekends and holidays at this home away from home. When I made it a club in 1995 (126 rooms made it a very big house),”

Way to go to show how well you realte to the plight of the American voter, Donald.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to deny Trump his legitimate participation in the free enterprise system, and I am not trying to suggest that his wealth and success precludes him from possibly being a viable presidential candidate.  Afterall, Mitt Romney is not exactly your average middle-class American and I do not disqualify him.  But what I do question here is Donald Trump’s judgement.  I always have.  His recent Twitter simply confirms my doubt about his judgement.

Here we are in the middle of an election in which a devastating and stagnant economy is the preeminent issue, yet Donald Trump is tweeting about meatloaf at the exclusive country club which he is not simply a member of, but the owner of.

It leads me to suggest that if Donald Trump is actually still considering running for President, he is a bigger ass than I thought he was.

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