What if everything Donald Trump was doing or saying in his "serious" bid for the presidency was just a ruse? What if's just a brilliant, cunning scheme, as a closeted Democrat, to ensure the election of Hillary Clinton in 2016?
Donald Trump says exactly what the GOP believes. It's a simple axiom: personal wealth accumulation is everything. It's just that when The Donald expresses their credo, he ignores the shinola and emphasizes the crass.
Donald Trump has since attempted to walk back his remarks; no matter... he said, what he said. Were you to have told brave marines they were heroes, they would not have recounted how smart, wealthy or brave they were, they would have blushed and humbly replied; "we just did our job."
People will validate all kinds of behavior with their attention, their "clicks," their dollars, and sometimes even their votes. That doesn't make said behavior OK. We each are supposed to have an internal moral compass.
Scott Walker is turning his union-busting theory of labor relations into a warmongering theory of U.S. foreign policy.
The Huffington Post gets it right again by relegating the Donald Trump candidacy to entertainment rather than serious politics. For now, Mr. Trump, the caricature of Republican politics is doing what he does best, entertainment.
A "sneak law" attachment to a "must-pass" bill gives sacred Native American land to a foreign mining company. How did this happen?
Trump seems to think he's reenacting the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" campaign against John Kerry. But in reality, it's more like the Romney 2012 nomination speech that ignored the military, as well as the former CEO's ineffective battle against McCain for the nomination.
Clearly all of my received wisdom from a lifetime of reality and cinema was wrong. Because Donald Trump has decided that John McCain is no war hero for having spent five and a half years as a tortured guest of the North Vietnamese.
If America doesn't have the stomach for such an open-ended commitment -- and honestly, it's hard to imagine a successful candidacy for the White House in 2016 built around the theme, "Let's Re-invade Iraq" -- the options get much more limited. But there are three things that would make a difference.
As a veteran who served during Gulf War I under former President George H.W. Bush in 1991, I give Senator John McCain my respect for his military service and consider him a courageous veteran because he withstood being a Prisoner Of War (POW).
If Sarah Palin has been consistent about anything, it's that she's been a backstab artist her entire political career. As predictably as the melting of Alaska's glaciers, Palin blamed the dust-up between Trump and McCain on "those on the Left and lazy media lapdogs."
As in any competition, Donald Trump's sudden success has required time for competitors to study and solve.
These past couple weeks in politics have left me with a set of volatile emotions normally reserved for that other baffling (and intermittently absurd) realm of life... love and lust.
It is high time the American public demanded a full debate over veterans issues by their political leaders, especially those who aspire to the highest office in the land. But they are not going to get it when the candidates involved spent a lifetime either avoiding military service, or wrapping themselves in the glory of their own military service.
Trump is tapping into a strain of American public opinion regarding immigration and the legitimacy of the Obama Presidency to capture now close to 20 percent support for the Republican nomination for that office.