UPDATE: According to Donald Trump’s official press release, Trump will instead attend a rally in “Witchita, Kanasas.”
According to an annoucement made by CPAC’s organizers, Donald Trump has dropped out of his speaking slot tomorrow at 8:30am.
I guess, in his own words, he “chocked.”
CPAC wasn’t going to be a friendly crowd, at least, from what I saw. There were some — unsubstantiated — rumors that there was a planned walkout or a planned protest, but it seems rather silly that Trump, who feeds off negative pubilcity would let something like that stop him in his tracks. And even if he were booed, Trump is more than capable of handling an unfriendly room.
So why blow off the single largest gathering of grassroots and grasstops conservatives in the country? Maybe — just maybe — the Trump campaign just isn’t as much fun as it was. Last night, for all its focus on male anatomy, was a tough ten rounds for Trump, and there seem to be few people (perhaps only Newt Gingrich) willing to endorse him to counteract the negative media he, himself, earned. But this hands a lot of power to his opponents. Rubio will show up, even if his scheduling was suspiciously last-minute, which gives him the last laugh on the issue. Cruz, who has been on the bill all along, can easily excoriate Trump for forty minutes without any possibility of response. Even Ben Carson has a shot at make an in-road against Trump. And Kasich can still look like the lone adult in the room.
Personally. I think he should have come. I mean, especially if this primary has devolved into a p*ssing contest, it’s important to get your name written in the snow. All this demonstrates is that, perhaps, Donald Trump isn’t as big of a man as he says he is.