After a roller-coaster flirtation with a presidential bid, Donald Trump bowed out of the 2012 contest in true Trump fashion, saying that while he would not be a candidate this year, if he had run, he would have been able to win the primary and the general election.
"I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election," Trump said in a statement. "I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector."
Hat tip: Memeorandum.
Michelle Malkin summed up my feelings exactly:
"Donald Trump squandered untold political oxygen exploiting the Tea Party while backing government bailouts, Obamacare, the porkulus, and wealth/property redistribution.
Now, he’s squeezing a 16th minute out of his announcement today that he won’t run for the GOP presidential nomination.
She added a final note that I can totally dig:
"Now, if only Trump could fire Newt…"
LOL! And I'd add every other big goverment RINO in the GOP race like Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty!
Now as for Donald Trump's laughable assertion that he "would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election" if he stayed in the race, let's not forget that Donald Trump came in dead last in a scientific CNN survey pitting GOP presidential hopefuls against Obama in a hypothetical 2012 general election.The man has no electability whatsoever. What was especially ironic was that Ron Paul did the best out of any GOP contender against Obama in CNN's survey, you know-- Ron Paul? That guy who Donald Trump said at CPAC this February had zero chance of ever getting elected?
But don't let those pesky little facts get in the way of gushing over a candidate you like. GatewayPundit Jim Hoft sure isn't. This morning he actually wrote:
"High fives at the White House…
Donald Trump just announced that he will not be running as a Republican candidate for president.
Bummer. There was no one better at attacking Obama on his failed policies and radical past."
Yes after polling dead last out of the Republican field in a 2012 match-up against Barack Obama, I'm sure the White House is thrilled to know that Donald Trump won't be pursuing the Republican Party's nomination. The GatewayPundit is obviously just enamored of Trump's birtherism, not actually interested in substantive criticisms of Obama's failed policies. Trump has spent most of his life supporting by word and with financial contributions, the big government, failed policies of the Obama Administration.
There is in fact, no one better at attacking Obama on his failed policies than Congressman Ron Paul, because Paul actually has an unblemished record of votes and rhetoric over several decades in opposition to big government, unlike the Trumps, Herman Cains, Mitt Romneys, Newt Gingrichs, and Tim Pawlentys of the world who support individual mandates, universal health care, big financial bailouts, and central planning and regulation of the economy.
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