"My" candidate in that race had nowhere near the experience with the media that Trump has. And yet, to this day, I believe the man I worked for became one of the best candidates with whom I ever worked. He listened to the pros, didn't take offense at criticism and grew as a candidate. In my opinion, if he runs, Trump will do the same.
I'm not saying Trump will be the next nominee of the GOP or that he could necessarily defeat Obama. I still believe that if Gingrich stops talking about every subject under the sun and instead starts reminding the public of what he accomplished as speaker, he could rocket to the top. He needs only to stop replying to the "baggage issue" and stick to his message.
Then there is Mitt Romney, who has enjoyed both business and political success. He remains, in my mind, the best-organized candidate in the early going.
But as someone who knows the GOP from more than 30 of experience with it, I have to say to Donald Trump: Those in the Republican establishment are playing you down because they are afraid of your potential to catch on fire and become someone they cannot control or use for their own benefit down the road.
Here's the bad piece of news, Mr. Trump: People often tell me I look like you. If that's the case, you have my sympathies!