Did anybody really think he would be? Even Trump? Or did people just like the way he stood up to Barack? Well, it’s a moot point, as Public Policy Polling explains:
Donald Trump has had one of the quickest rises and falls in the history of Presidential politics. Last month we found him leading the Republican field with 26%. In the space of just four weeks he’s dropped all the way down to 8%, putting him in a tie for fifth place with Ron Paul…
As Trump got more and more exposure over the last month Republicans didn’t just decide they weren’t interested in having him as their nominee- they also decided they flat don’t like him. Only 34% of GOP voters now have a favorable opinion of Trump to 53% who view him in a negative light.
Well, yeah. He’s Donald Trump. He’s not the kind of guy you like more as time goes by.
That said, I give Trump credit for showing just how easy it is to get inside Barack’s head. Our dear leader was so offended by Trump’s constant criticism that he gave in on the birth certificate. This pulled the rug out from under Trump and all the other Birthers — hey, wow, providing information actually informs people! — but also revealed how petty and hypersensitive Barack really is. Then he used the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to attack yet another private citizen who had dared to displease him, to the delight of his lickspittles in the media (including party apparatchik Seth Meyers). Wow, he showed up a reality-TV clown with 17 strands of hair going around his head like cotton candy. What a big win. What a responsible use of the office.
Trump will never be president, but he made Barack blink and brought him down to his level, if not lower. Like Sun Tzu said about sizing up an opponent: “Rouse him, and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his vulnerable spots.” Trump certainly did that. Barack’s most vulnerable spot is the same as Trump’s, and every bit as big: his ego.