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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Trump, The Birth Certificate, & Frank Luntz

Frank Luntz issued an open-ended challenge on a Fox News program this past week for a $10,000 bet that Donald Trump will not formally run for president.

He's the only source of objectively critical coverage of Trump, other than Bloomberg, and they both have echoed my own misgivings about Trump as a credible business person. I've written several posts on that topic, notably this one.

However, Luntz, by far, issued the most unqualified statement that he believes Trump is simply mining free publicity, but has no intention of seriously running.

None of his foreign policy ideas appeal to anyone who understands how markets and global political dynamics work. Yes, many like the blunt, tough-talking lines. But if you pay careful attention, you'll note that none of Trump's promises can actually be fulfilled by him as president.

As one pundit, I believe Charles Krauthammer, while Trump sounds a lot like Pat Buchanan, at least Buchanan actually had some experience in government.

Trump hasn't really succeeded in his own area of activity without several bankruptcies and a gilded start. So I think it's safe to dismiss his antics as so much grandstanding.

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