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Published on May 13th, 2011 | by Leonard Jackson


Not a Chance

The Donald Trump “Potential Presidential Campaign” might be described as interesting, feckless and totally predictable. Mr. Trump is always available for anything that keeps him in the news cycle and promotes his television show and his ego (not sure which is more distasteful). What is surprising, however, is the number of political types, pundits, politicians and news organizations that are following it as if it were a legitimate news story. True, it’s the duty of the press to keep us informed about the political goings-on, real or un-real, legitimate or not, but does anyone paying attention to today’s political environment think that there’s the slightest chance that The Donald will be in the Republican party’s (or any other party’s) primary campaign?

Certainly it can only be either a joke or an advertisement for his reality show. Pat Paulsen’s run each year was tongue-in-cheek, a joke. I get the feeling that Trump is a man possessing a variety of bizarre personal characteristics, but a sense of humor is not one of them.

Offering himself up as a punching bag for President Obama’s awkward jabs and taunts at the Correspondents’ Dinner would seem to be embarrassing and demeaning for a man so consumed with self-infatuation, but although true for most folks, he relishes the attention. Can anyone with that hairdo be embarrassed about anything?

So, why all the news coverage? What is this compelling attraction for the new Pat Paulsen? First, President Obama welcomes the opportunity to take on an opponent that borders on buffoonery. He can win every debate and every battle of one-liners just by letting Trump go first. Incidentally, you and I could win this, too. The President would like to see him stay in the public’s eye right up to November 2012. The compliant Washington press corps would also like to see this because it could enhance their candidate’s chances. If they can keep the story alive it could possibly negatively affect the Republican candidate’s vote total plus they would have a story guaranteed to be in the news on an almost daily basis. And the pundits and politicians always love the opportunity to pontificate for one day, one month or a year and a half. They just love the attention; the more the merrier. That’s the life blood of incumbency.

There’s another bit of strategy that may be coming into play with all the hoopla accompanying this candidacy. Throwing together the Birthers with the Tea Partiers and keeping them closely tied to the Trump movement would discredit both groups. It could especially hinder the Tea Partiers who the left fears more than any other group because of their recent successes that have proven how quickly their common sense message can generate enthusiastic momentum in the populace.

But the mystery remains about why there seems to be a genuine concern in the Obama camp about the threat that Trump poses to their political ambitions. He played “The Birth Certificate card” much too soon it seems to me. From the first day that his supporters began honing the candidacy of Obama every possible road block was exposed, dissected and its defense established. Certainly the problem with the birth certificate was discussed and the accompanying explanations were decided on. When the Clinton’s (remember it was this powerful political machine that disclosed what they hoped would be a deciding factor in the primary battle they were waging against this unknown rookie) decided to unveil the political bombshell they had every reason to believe that it was true and would be a great piece of information to drop on the Obama team. But the race run by the Obama’s fast-growing regime was so masterfully managed and its momentum drove past the Clintons so quickly they were never close enough to make a real issue of this tidbit.

Obama surely knew all the time that the certificate he finally disclosed was available and would adequately prove his place of birth in the United States. The mysterious refusal to simply make it known was designed to build up its shock value and when unveiled would show him in the light of being unfairly picked on by unfounded claims against him.

However, interest in the whole matter began to wane and the “Birther” ranks began to decline until there were not many left anymore to take up Trump’s cause. so he went ahead and revealed the certificate he had all along.

Again, why did he bother to discredit Trump? Does he really see him as a threat or does he just want to eliminate any possible opposition that’s out there? I must be missing something here. I can’t believe the majority of the American electorate would be so gullible as to vote someone into office that is so unqualified for the job again. We did that in 2008, I know, but surely we’ve learned something from our mistakes. Let’s hope we have and we can say about these two candidates – not a chance.

About the Author

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue. Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today. In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged. The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career. Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market. Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO. The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity. In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home. And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!! By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.

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