No regrets at having mocked Trump’s presidential ambitions five years ago



Some people might argue that I should be embarrassed at having written this blog post in January of 2012:

Donald Trump, the notorious Birther buffoon and reality TV star, is again desperately trying to attract attention amid all the media buzz over this year’s presidential race.

We haven’t heard much from The Donald in a political context since his offer to host a Republican presidential debate last month was humiliatingly declined by most of the candidates. But he apparently still thinks, for some unfathomable reason, that he has something worthy to contribute to the national political conversation.

Accordingly, Trump is once again telling anyone who will listen that he might make a run for the White House as an independent candidate if he’s dissatisfied with the eventual GOP nominee.

This is probably just another pathetic effort by Trump to be taken seriously by the political chattering classes. If he has even half a brain — which is an open question, of course — he’ll decide not to put himself through another humiliation.

But we can always hope, can’t we? It sure would be fun to see The Donald join the campaign fray this coming summer and fall. Any votes he might garner inevitably would come from the conservative side of the electorate and thereby diminish the Republican candidate’s chances. But that would be fine.

Go for it, Donald!  America needs you — if only for the laughs.

Yeah, it might be said that Trump got the last laugh in this matter. He’s in the White House, and I’m in semi-retirement as a journalist. He’s a big deal, and I’m not.

But I wouldn’t trade places with him. He lost to Hillary Clinton in the popular vote. His great fame is mostly infamy. His standing in the polls is historically low for a president having served only a dozen weeks in office. His misstatements are a principal source of laughs for America’s comedians. He is, in short, a joke.

So, no, I don’t regret having warned Trump five years ago against running for president. He and America would be better off if he had heeded my advice. Instead, he’s doomed himself to a permanent reputation of ignominy, and he has much of the nation worried that it won’t easily survive his presidency.



  1. Wilson

    Trump did win a majority of the states, I guess Hilary won bragging rights and lost the Presidency.
    Get over Pat, I am sure that’s what you told the losers in the prior two elections. I have never seen so much hate and vitriol for one man. Well the market is way up, people are working and the sky hasn’t fallen so give it up. You’ll have another chance in a few years, isn’t that the way it goes?

  2. Steverino

    At this point I just Wonder if Fox news will cover his impeachment.

  3. Make a choice. Do you want the Trump administration to continue, or do you want the United States to continue as a Democracy?

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