“Now with all this wind, at least you know it’s my real hair,” said Donald Trump, standing before the sun-washed masses of Boca Raton, Fla., at his first truly public appearance last weekend as a (possible!) 2012 presidential candidate. The crowd laughed heartily. Everyone was in on the joke.
So is it a joke, then?
The media certainly seem to think so. At some dark and cluttered desk, an underpaid J-school grad is already trying to come up with the perfect morning-after pun if Trump runs. Somebody is gonna get “Trumped” and/or “Fired,” in a 56-point font and with an exclamation point. The joke could be on the media, though. Far from being a “joke” candidate, Trump has a kind of purity. His presidential campaign would reduce U.S. politics to its barest essence.