Donald Trump

Great line: "I have a great relationship with the blacks," he said, continuing to call the overwhelming black support for President Obama "frightening." I am enjoying Donald Trump's presidential candidacy as an ironic commentary on capitalism, the media, popular culture and right-wing insanity.

Donald Trump's insistent Birtherism has raised the question of whether he is cynically manipulating an issue he knows to be false or is simply a dope. I vote for dope. Consider his threats to run an an independent if he fails to win the GOP nomination: “I think the Republicans are very concerned that I [may] run as an independent,” Mr. Trump said. His support is highest among the conservative wing of the party, not least because he is among the so-called “birthers” who doubt that President Obama in fact was born in the U.S. “It’s a very important issue,” Mr.

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President Obama’s birth certificate is once again in the news, thanks to Donald Trump. Trump, whose enterprises frequently seem to find themselves in bankruptcy court, is now intimating that he will run for president and appears to be making a play for the birther vote. Charges that President Obama was born in Kenya and has a fake birth certificate are nonsense, of course, but why won’t they just go away? According to research by Brendan Nyhan and others, it is difficult to change people’s minds when they believe something false about Obama.

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Dave Weigel refutes Donald Trump's Birther arguments: One of the reasons Trump has doubts about Obama's citizenship is that he's never seen a photo of the young Obama or heard from people who knew him. Except there are school records and photos of the young Obama all over the internet.

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Is Donald Trump's presidential candidacy a parody? Reports of Trumps speech at CPAC treated it as a purely straightforward political speech and toe-in-the-water for the Republican presidential nomination.

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The big news out of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)? Donald Trump—oh yes, Donald Trump—might run for president in 2012, as a Republican. He was a last-minute addition to the speaker's roster, and after he bounded up on stage here at the Marriott Wardman in Washington, D.C.—to calls of "You're Hired!"—he told the ecstatic crowd of conservatives that he'd make a decision by June. "The United States has become a whipping post for the rest of the world," Trump said.

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Mike Leach is a football coach who was fired by Texas Tech because he punished a player for reporting a concussion by forcing him to stand in a dark equipment shed.

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Never saw this one coming: Donald Trump's Miss USA pageant is looking into a stripper pole scandal that has engulfed newly crowned winner Rima Fakih on Day One of her reign.  Radio host Mojo from Detroit's Mojo In The Morning told RadarOnline.com that a pageant spokesperson called their station "asking for the pictures and wanting to know more details." I think her Senate candidacy is now inevitable. Meanwhile, Marin Cogan explained the right wing-beauty queen connection last year: That derision was probably one reason why conservatives rallied around Prejean, crowning her a modern day Queen E

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Joseph Stack, who flew his plane into an IRS building, turns out to hold a greivance against... the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Yes, I know -- your first guess for the issue that set him off was going to be SCHIP expansion. But the 1986 tax reform turns out to be something of a magnet for political loons. In 1999, Donald Trump noisily pondering a presidential run, centering on the issue of his opposition to that measure. It turned out to be a flimsy basis for a populist insurgency. I wrote about this forgotten comic episode in a 1999 Diarist.

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You know what I would watch? Pitch My Tent!, a high-stakes reality show in which eager young builders compete to design the most splendid Bedouin campsite for the approval of Donald Trump and The King of Kings of Africa.

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