It looks like the Donald Trump debate may not happen. Down to two potential debaters – Newt and Santorum – Trump told Don Imus that he’ll have to “look into” whether or not the debate will go ahead. NewsMax, the sponsor of this insult to electoral politics (as if such a thing were possible in the wake of the Republican primary circus), insists all systems are go. One wonders, however, whether Donald wants to be seen hosting a debate almost no one would attend.
Rather more interesting is yet another example of Trump’s pathologically thin skin. Michele Bachmann, the latest candidate to turn down the invitation, allegedly (according to Donald) called him on numerous occasions for advice – a case of the insistently ignorant leading the willfully blind – and offered him the vice presidency. As far as Donald is concerned, these contacts create a certain degree of obligation – one that is not met by refusing to show up for Donald’s debate. In Trump’s words:
“She’d call me, she’d ask me for advice,” Trump said.
“She said I should be her vice presidential … if she wins, she’d like to think about me for the vice presidency.”
“After all of that she just announced she’s not going doing the debate,” Trump added. “It’s unbelievable. It’s called loyalty. How do you do that?”
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? How very Donald – utterly oblivious to the reasons why no one else is coming to his Iowa ego stroke, but thoroughly pissed off that someone he deigned to permit in his presence might not leap to his beck and call.
How can anyone take any of these people seriously? Petulant children and brainless backward ideologues of the most contemptible stripe.