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Donaldus Minimus

Donaldus Minimus

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Published by: Robert F Jursik on Apr 27, 2011
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From the founding of the United States, it has been the hallmark of our republicto employ an egalitarian approach to choosing leadership. Americans have perpetually gloried in the fact that anyone could be president. The Constitution itself sets only two requirements: that the president be a natural-born citizen and at least 35 years old. Beyond that, his education, experience, wealth, health, geographic location, marital status, choice of car or his favorite foods are all left to the discernment of the voters. A cache of qualifications that generous has yielded the nation with a wide range of chief executives, from the grandest (Washington) to the sorriest (Carter) to the clueless (Obama). Celebrity billionaire Donald Trump is the perfect embodiment of this principle,and of its implicit caveat: yes, anyone can be president - but not everyone should. Throughout his entire life, Trump has made his special vocation the "Art ofthe Deal," trading in New York commercial real estate with an intoxicating blendof mercurial capitalist aggression and a populist appeal to consumers. Trump isequally comfortable reviewing the construction details of an 80-story skyscraper as he is hawking Double Stuf Oreo cookies - and the same man who has brought the world Trump: The Board Game, Trump ties, Trump fragrances, Trump University,Trump bottled water, and most recently Trump vitamins is carefully planning hismost challenging marketing feat yet, Trump - the presidency. "The Donald," should he decide to actually run, would enter the crowded field ofcontenders with two critical advantages and one overwhelming disadvantage. First, the advantages: Trump - who at one time was referred to by the financialtypes as a "Master of the Universe" - would show up to the presidential poker game with a bankroll well north of ten figures. He is the only candidate capable of deciding - today, now - to loan himself $200 million for the campaign, and STILL have hundreds of millions more in his wallet. That available capital, and theevident sheen that attenuates to it, allows Trump a degree of flexibility othercandidates can only dream of. While the Buddy Roemers of the world have to seriously consider spaghetti suppers as fundraisers, Trump is buying TV time, bumperstickers, web designers, and some of the best campaign staff available. Leave it to Newt Gingrich to toil in the fields of politics for a generation, earning peanuts for his trouble. Trump is playing a whole different game, a campaign Ferrari against a slew of Ford Escorts. Second, if Donald Trump has demonstrated anything over the years, it has been the utter impossibility of anyone managing him. Trump is liable to say anything, do anything and go anywhere his will and his money are capable of taking him. What is the likelihood of some veteran campaign strategist sitting down with Trumpand earnestly begging him, "Please, Donald, stop talking about Obama's birth certificate." There are few salesmen alive better than Trump, and no product at which he is better at hustling than himself. Convinced of his superior skills – whichwere tempered in the regular knife fights of New York
’s real estate markets - Trump would be cheerfully fearless in hitting opponents below the belt. Think his dalliance with Birther-ism is uncalled for? Just be glad he didn’t say the President was a “fat loser” like he did with The View co-host Rosie O’Donnell five years ago.In a political environment where the electorate grows weary with doublespeak, prevarication, puffery, and Jesuitical parsing, Trump’s sledgehammer bluntness and willingness to fight dirty has intrigued the voters and boosted his standing in the polls. The disadvantage: Trump’s personal character is a joke. While his expertise in business and finance may be self-evident, his comprehension of foreign policy or national security material is non-existent. Although intending to seek a Republican nomination, Trump’s party allegiance is apparently so fluid as to allow for campaign donations to the oily Rahm Emanuel, the (ahem) well-oiled Ted Kennedy and the nauseating Charlie Rangel. Republicans would also be asked to forget his running as a Reform Party candidate in 1999 as well as registering as a Democrat in

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