Why does GOP continue to tolerate Trump? | Jay Bookman

To ease us back into the political world after a great holiday weekend, a semi-playful little question:

What is it with the Republicans and Donald Trump?

The guy’s a Class A jerk who’s still out there peddling the toxic nonsense that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. He’s also publicly lobbying for a prime speaking spot at the GOP convention in Tampa, and for all we know, he may actually get one.

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I mean, Mike Huckabee has seriously suggested Trump as a replacement for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and Mitt Romney continues to play along with the fool as well, both seeking and touting Trump’s endorsement. Romney has even agreed to appear at a major fundraiser hosted by Trump tonight in Las Vegas. (Newt Gingrich is expected to attend as well, creating a concentration of egomania that may very well skew the Earth’s gravitational field.)

And how does Romney respond to the question that he lends credibility to Trump and his birther nonsense by publicly appearing by his side?

“You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in. But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”

I’m not the George Will fan that I used to be, but over the weekend Will got it right:

“I do not understand the cost benefit here. The costs are clear. The benefit — what voter is going to vote for (Romney) because he is seen with Donald Trump? The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me. Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics.”

To which Trump responded via Twitter:

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As insults go, Will definitely wins higher marks, although it should also be said that with Trump as his target, Will had a little better raw material to work with. And while “bloviating ignoramus” earns bonus points as a nice, rhythmic, multi-syllabic compound, it falls well short of the classic description of Trump as a “short-fingered Vulgarian.”

The return fire from Trump, however, was disappointedly pedestrian. The American people have come to expect more from a veteran of media feuds with the likes of Rosie O’Donnell and others. They know that while Trump has always lacked wit, his utter lack of class and manners has usually served as a rhetorical combover to hide those shortcomings. Boilerplate such as “dumbest and most overrated” simply is not up to — or more accurately down to — what we’ve come to expect from The Donald.

– Jay Bookman

Why does GOP continue to tolerate Trump? | Jay Bookman.

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