Jonah Goldberg

Check out his recent interview with CBN's David Brody. Discussing his religious beliefs, he volunteered, "I think the Bible is certainly, it is THE book. It is the thing." That sounds more like a Larry King blurb than a declaration of faith. And can you just feel the passion when asked how often he attends church? "As much as I can. Always on Christmas. Always on Easter. Always when there's a major occasion. And during the Sundays."

Oh well, "during the Sundays." Never mind then.

Haley Barbour can't win because he's too Southern and it's a bad look for a good old boy with a drawl to run against the first black president. Well, we're in luck. Because as Trump explained last week, "I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks."

That may be true. But how will "the blacks" feel after the DNC starts distributing excerpts of "Trumped," an unofficial biography by a former employee who writes that his old boss hated having a black accountant because "laziness is a trait in blacks," and, "The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day."

Oh, and any fiscal conservative smitten by Trump's vaunted business acumen should at least keep in mind that the only reason he survived bankruptcy was that he was "too big too fail" for his bankers. Trump is a protectionist who made billions gaming some of the most corrupt and politicized real estate markets in the world (and, according to documents on Smokinggun.com, his philanthropic foundation is stingy beyond reckoning).

Still, I understand why Republicans are so fickle. The GOP field is boring and cautious (though I think boring is an asset in a matchup against Barack Obama), while Trump is a fearless TV-star "birther" having a blast exploiting the media.

So have your fun. But remember, Trump can't help but be Trump. If he's the GOP nominee (or if he runs as an independent), the fault for Obama's re-election will not be the TV star's, but ours.


Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online,and the author of the forthcoming book The Tyranny of Clichés. You can reach him via Twitter @JonahNRO.
 
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