Is Donald Trump the Fred Thompson of the 2012 election cycle?
What do Donald Trump and Fred Thompson have in common?
Both are TV personalities who have, at different times, entertained fantasies of winning a Republican nomination for president.
Oh, and in terms of actual presidential qualifications, both are empty suits.
As I noted in THIS RETROSPECTIVE POST last month, Thompson made a big splash at first as a prospective presidential candidate in the 2008 election cycle — mainly because so many folks knew him from his work in movies and on TV.
Similar lightning might well strike Trump, who’s posturing as a candidate these days, even to the point of flirting with the Birther movement, the better to endear himself to the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party.
A new CNN poll SHOWS Trump already cracking double digits in the GOP nomination derby. And the more he peddles pseudo-common-sense simplisms, the more the booboisie will embrace him.
But above all, Trump’s lone asset, just like Thompson’s of four years ago, is that he’s a TV personality. That factor is the big one. It won’t carry him to the nomination — in reality, nothing could — but it might grant him status as a so-called contender for a while.
Remember where you heard it.