"This week's developments highlighted the reality that we've got serious challenges at home. Suddenly, we're not hearing about 'birthers' and Donald Trump because Americans want to talk about real things," says John Kerry in an editorial in the Boston Herald. While the country celebrated the end of Osama bin Laden's reign of terror, polls showed that people were quickly fleeing both the "birther" movement and Donald Trump's camp. And boy did we notice. The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart questions whether the businessman can turn political anymore: "Trump is in too deep at this point to quit his flirtation with the GOP nomination without confirming that this was all about ratings for his reality television show." After all is said and done, what kind of damage will Trump's "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week" have on his future?
He was never serious about a run: "Trump's campaign is similar to a reality show. The would-be candidate plays a game of hide and seek with his candidacy, creating an air of suspense, teasing the audience to stay tuned in for the end of the show," says Dan Farber at CBS News. "Trump appears to be more interested in showcasing his sizable ego than articulating a plan for dealing with the difficult set of issues facing the nation, or winning the vote." He'll just stick to what he knows best: Celebrity.
Why not Trump? While "many members of the Washington Establishment dismiss him as simply a publicity hound," says Kenneth T. Walsh in U.S. News and World Report, "it would be wrong to regard him as inconsequential." He is appealing to those who harbor "frustration and resentment" because "he comes across as a fighter and straight-talker, and he knows how to draw attention." And though Trump may not win if he decides to run, even his intention to "shake things up, could make a difference" on the field and for the country.
We can learn from him: "By any traditional standard, Trump has absolutely no qualifications to hold the highest office, save one: his own overweening, bulldozing self-confidence," says Neal Gabler in The Boston Globe. "In this environment, there may be something appealing about the idea that we can simply dispel our problems by talking and acting tough -- not solve them, just dispel them. That seems to be The Donald's promise." Maybe we could use a bit of that?
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