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This Trumpshow Nonsense

By on 12.7.11 | 11:46AM

With all due respect to Mr. Lord, is it possible that Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul are simply avoiding the "Newsmax debate" because they don't want to suffer the hysterical indignity of participating in political sideshow chockablock, complete with a bloated reality TV personality barking questions at them?

Trump's "job creator" bona fides are hitched to an accident of birth that allowed him to inherit his father's company. Did he grow the family business? By all means. But at this point he's not known for his commercial real-estate successes...or spectacular failures...but for his professional wrestling cameos, trademarked catch-phrases and preposterous coif. Not to mention his proclivity for spray-tanning and aging super-models...

Last week, the editors over at NRO echoed the Paul campaign's stated "regrets only" RSVP to this circus. I'll do the same:

"The selection of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office's history and dignity."

And for the record, Newt "nailed" nothing. The decision to eschew absurdity has less than nothing to do with the very real challenges of peace-making, trade, and war...let alone the successful eradication of an international terror syndicate. To suggest otherwise trends toward an incredibly feeble strawman.

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