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Donald Trump For President

Jane Clayson in for Tom Ashbrook.

President Donald Trump? We’ll look at what “candidate” Trump means for republican voters today – and what he means for the GOP.

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Donald Trump (AP)

The 2012 presidential election is just a glimmer on the horizon right now. Republican candidates are dipping their toes in the water.

Here comes big, brassy billionaire Donald Trump running full-tilt at the pool and doing a cannonball.  Hardly anybody’s paying attention to the Pawlentys and the Barbours – all eyes are on Trump.  A lot of people – including GOP establishment types – think his candidacy is a bad joke.  But to many conservative Americans, Donald is a diamond with just the kind of rough edges they love.

This hour: Donald Trump and the Republican voter.

Guests:

Neil King Jr., Washington political reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Recently from King: “Trump Candidacy for White House Gaining Ground” (WSJ).

Gwenda Blair, author of “Donald Trump: Master Apprentice” and “The Trumps: Three Generations That Built an Empire.”

Matt Continetti, opinion editor and columnist for The Weekly Standard. He’s author of the book, “The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star.”

Bob Vander Plaats, president of the conservative organization The Family Leader, and a former candidate for governor for Iowa. He served as the Iowa state chair for Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign.

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  • Gina M

    “Richer than Romney, whiter than Huckabee, crazier than Bachman”.

    (Trump for Prez campaign slogan recently proposed by a Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! panelist.)

    • Anonymous

      and wacky hair…

    • Cory

      AWESOME! I’d like to buy you an ale or lager of your choosing.

  • J__o__h__n

    I’m tired of hoping for spineless Obama to improve; I’m tempted to vote for this fool so at least I’ll be entertained as things fall apart.

    • Dan

      “Spineless” Obama? You mean the president who got more of the progressive agenda accomplished in two years than anyone since at least LBJ, in the face of an obstructionist minority party no less? That “spineless” Obama?

      There’s an awful lot of baby in that bathwater you have there…

      • David

        Oh Dan. Obama has done a 180 on every last thing he campaigned on except taking away student loans from the criminal banks.

        But keep believing.

        • Tina

          Sadly, I keep straddling between what Dan said and what David said. It’s a horrid position to be in. I write to Obama, with increasing exasperation, begging him NOT to cave! Thanks, guys, for saying both things so well!

      • twenty-niner

        Like letting the Bush tax cuts expire?

        Like ending the wars (vs. starting a third one)?

        Like ending tax incentives to outsource jobs?

        Did he campaign on handing over to the Chinese our aircraft technology, the last net export industry we have?

  • wavre

    “He’s not just the hair club president, he’s also a client”:)

    (this statement is not meant to be factual)LOL..

  • ThePope

    This is a photo of a man who:

    a/ believes his own bull.

    b/ is a stand-in for a caricature of a personification of an oxymoron.

    c/ owns a room entirely plated in real gold, to substitute for a lack
    of any actual inner wealth.

    d/ the figurehead for the final decent of our nation into celebrity
    inspired psychopathy

    e/ all of the above

    • HerrzURcandidate

      f/ is trying to look deep, despite inflamed hemroids.

      g/ whose essence has been dead for over two decades and is desperately attempting to fill his inner vacuity with the envy and adulation of idiots.

      • Geocache3

        h/ if he had a brain in his head would blow them out for making an ass out of himself for no apparent reason

        • JamesMonyhan

          I/ is on such a vacuous ego-trip that he gave his son the first name Baron. Which says it all.

          • JimminyFrickit

            It may say more than you even suspect. Originally a baron was a man-at-arms who was given enough property and land so that he could maintain a horse and arms, which the king could deploy when he deemed it in his interests. So if Trumps son is a baron that makes him a baron, now all you have to figure out is what king he fights for.

  • Brett

    On Point has given its opinion, in a way, by putting this “topic” on the second hour…The Donald’s comb over, while probably the best and most notorious comb over in history, is his most notable quality. I’ve always thought of Trump as the Don King for White people…

    • Anonymous

      On that topic, too bad David Gergen isn’t on today’s panel.

      • Brett

        Trump’s comb over would beat the crap out of Gergen’s comb over in a bar fight any day!

  • Brett

    I was just looking at the guests…oh, and I see Clayson is in for Tom. Should be a riveting hour

    • Michael

      Clayson is terrible as a host/fill in for tom. She doens’t now how to speak to guest or callers and sounds distant even when it’s applied that she is interested in a subject/guest.

      • Michael

        “She doens’t know how to speak to guest or callers and sounds distant even when it’s applied that she is interested in a subject/guest.”

        She just sounds way to fake.

      • Anonymous

        She fails to ask good follow up questions and often doesn’t appear to understand what the guest said.

        • NICK

          I like her. But neither of them ask the tough questions. BOTH have fallen into the “Entertainment” arena of journalism instead of tough jounalism

          • Tina

            I disagree with you on this regarding Tom. That said, there WAS a time during that fateful 2010 campaign period when almost ALL the NPR reporters seemed to be under a veil, as if they had been told from Above that they HAD to provide “equal time”. I’m okay with equal time in theory (even if my stomach is in knots over some POVs), but NOT when people fill that equal time with LIES and lies of omission. During that period, so few NPR hosts or journalists were pushing back even against lies and lies of omission — so much so that I actually think it was a factor in the election that put so many Tea Party people into office! Was it the NPR president who had to leave recently who “caused” this situation? Lately, Tom has been pushing back, and on another NPR station yesterday, the host pushed back against one lie, but not against a second one (perhaps because THAT caller was audibly elderly?). Anyway, Tom has such vast experience; I really appreciate his knowledge and his quick take on things!! And, I am HAPPY as can be when he pushes back against falsehoods. But how delicate IS the balance? Will one push back cause the Tea Party congressional delegates to react with sheer vindictiveness??

    • Brett

      My hope was that people would see my sarcasm

  • AnthonyR

    This candidacy speaks to American’s yearning for some alternative to the corrupt and spineless that lead the established parties.

    • Anonymous

      So let me get this straight, you’re idea to counter the “corrupt and spineless” is Donald Trump? Do you know anything about this man?

    • Steve T

      The man is a self confessed thief and we already know he’s a tyrant. Yeah that’s just what we need.

    • Cory

      I think it is more about our addiction to celebrity and the cult of personality.

  • Zeno

    He disputes the birth certificate and all of the other certified documents submitted by the State of Hawaii regarding the presidents birth….That speaks to his integrity, intelligence and honesty.

    He also stated ( I para phrase) in an interview on ABC that these small oil producing nations aren’t going to be pushing the US around anymore. I inferred from that, he’s a WAR president. My impression was that he felt we weren’t in enough of them (four at current count).

    The other aspect IMO is that he believes wealth makes him intelligent and gives His statements and His ideas a Godlike quality that is indisputable, a shared quality that is found in the personalities of all the worlds wealthy tyrants.

    • Michael

      How funny is this,

      The Birth Certificate Donald Trump Produced Is Not An Official Document

      Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-birth-certificate-birther-2011-3#ixzz1K9jLb4Ja

      Also the wack job Jane Brewer vetoed the absurd birther law in AZ. I guess sometimes crazy can go to far.

      • Anonymous

        and she vetoed a law that would have allowed students to carry guns on college campuses.

    • Cory

      Are you talking about Trump or the US Senate? Ever hear my new Senator (Plastics magnate Ron Johnson) speak?

  • Marka

    Someone who got famous by fireing people! Just what we need! The perfect guy for the republicans! For me, NEVER!!

    • Tina

      Yes! AND, the casinos in Atlantic City, including his, WRECKED the small businesses in Atlantic City that WERE holding on before casinos became the draw, altho they were struggling. Some OTHER form of economic development would have been MUCH better! Atlantic City in the early 1960′s was still wonderful (in the 1950′s it was magical!). By the time my grandfather was in a nursing home there in about 1973, the place was a MESS, especially because the buying up of properties for the casinos was underway. I don’t really know the history well enough to say more; I can only speak to what I remember — vividly.

      • Tina

        When I said, “altho they were struggling”, I meant the small businesses, not the casinos. my bad grammar.

  • Michael

    Remember before in 2008 who the front runners where? none made it.

    No need for a birther for president

  • Michael

    This also speaks volumes about the teabaggers in the party and the spineless and impotent presidential candidates running or going to be running as well.

    I’ll say this again Obama will win in 2012 because the right will run to far to the crazies in there party. Than in 2016 Clinton will run and loss to a far more moderate republican. Currently many in the right believe that Mccain loss because he was to moderate and if only the republicans had a genuine Right winger they would have won. So we see from the folks that may/are running crazy speak and will prob even get worst. Even the once moderate republicans are diving into the shallow in (Tim P., Mitt R.) throwing out tard speak.

    • John

      Come on, using the label of “teabagger” is much more insulting than, “Democrat Party.” Perhaps you don’t care for the Tea Party but there’s no need to stoop to insults.

      • Anonymous

        They called themselves it for a while. It is more offensive that they are claiming the name tea party. “Democrat party” just shows that the speaker is a moron.

      • Chris B.

        Actually, I’ve found it much more convenient to simply refer to them as, “bags”. Really, they’re not worth the extra syllables.

  • Michael

    “Bob Vander Plaats,-Right winger and anti-gay
    Matt Continetti- Right winger check out the title of his books to see he’s not even close to being anything objective. But he does were alot of different hats to mask it.

    Also a note anything coming out of “The Weekly Standard” “The National Review” get ready for a heaping pile of ____ coming your way. Assuming one of the reasons onpoint invites guest on from such newspaper is it presents the not only the right’s point of view but the Far rights.

    But once again onpoint creates a center right show assuming Gwenda Blair is representing the left.

  • Anonymous

    Why is BUR wasting time and money on this man.
    He’s not a serious contender this is all about publicity and nothing more.
    He’s 2012′s Ross Perot.

    Matt Continetti is going to be on, oh please. This title says it all: “The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star.”

    The persecution of Sarah Palin? Give me a break. What a load of nonsense. This idea if victim-hood for someone as nasty and scheming as Sarah Palin is a joke. Having this rube on is insulting to peoples intelligence. BUR is now officially pander to the extreme right.
    Shame on you folks.

    • Cory

      Geffe, I have to disagree w/you a bit about Perot. He got Bill Clinton elected by winning 19% of the conservative/independent vote. He also was “dead nuts” about NAFTA. I can still hear the giant sucking sound…

      • Anonymous

        you have point. But Perot was a little off the wall, kind of like Nadar in a way. Mind you both would be better candidates than Trump.
        I was watching a program about mammals and language and there was seal who seemed like it could be a better candidate that Trump.

        Perot was right about NAFTA and it should be noted that Clinton now agrees with him.

        • Zak

          geffe, I beg to differ on the Nader point. Liberals (i.e., non-progressive, Democratic Party loyalists) love to paint Ralph Nader as too far out, even loony. But point to one thing Nader has said or done that is actually non-rational. He compares quite favorably to most Democrats in his sanity, and let’s not even talk about Republicans. Despite some spine Obama has been showing of late, I’m seriously considering supporting a Green-Rainbow candidate in 2012. Obama isn’t a strong enough supporter of the environment, the bill of rights, or a reasonable foreign policy to believe that a Republican would be that much worse.

  • Anonymous

    What’s more obnoxious that this is a topic or that the idiot liberals dominating these boards will probably think Trump is a legit candidate?

    • Anonymous

      Nah, your comment is now the leading contender.

    • Cory

      Are you certain that “idiot liberals” dominate here? Do you ever read the posts? Name calling makes you seem a bit like an idiot.

      • Tina

        Great reply!
        – An i.l.

  • Markus

    I’m not a fan of The Donald. I hope he says dumb things, so people turn against him and he drops out soon. I don’t think he’s electable. However, will there be anyone in this forum who can see both sides of this guy. He is a shameless self promoter, he can’t seem to let go of a politically damaging issue on Obama’s birth and he has made some business mistakes. Actually, it’s impossible to find a big business person who hasn’t made mistakes – it’s how they recover that matters.

    But he’s built many companies employing hundreds, probably thousands. He’s not some academic activist with zero real world experience or some life time politician who’s resume consists primarily of taking money from everyone and funneling it to the people voting for him and to the causes of the lobbyists. He’s the one taking the risks and making something happen. He’s also been the sharpest critic for these stupid wars.

    Nothing wrong with criticizing the guy, but try to see the other side. He’s one of the reasons a lot of people are employed.

    • Dan

      We’re giving credit for building business that end in bankruptcy now, are we?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump#Career

      • Markus

        What a stupid thing to say.

        I never said his going into bankruptcy was something to give him credit for. Actually, I said he made mistakes. What I did say was that we should give some credit to someone who has built businesses that have employed others.

        And I should be careful in predicting, but most of what I’ll likely hear in this forum is how he’s taken advantage of people, how he has weird views, how he’s rich, obnxious, etc. These may or may not be true, but he’s taken the risks that few others have and created businesses that have made better lives for probably thousands. Can he get any credit for this?

        • Dan

          Again, are we now in the habit of giving credit for building business that employ others when it turns out that those businesses went bankrupt and ended up costing those others their jobs?

          I don’t care what you’ve heard in this forum or what you predict you’ll hear in this forum. Donald Trump has yet to run a major business that didn’t go bankrupt, and he’s deliberately misled his investors in the past. And you want us to “see the other side” and applaud him for his past actions in the private sector? That’s ridiculous—being a crappy businessman is not cause for celebration and it’s certainly not a good reason to consider someone for the highest office in the land.

          • Markus

            I never said he was qualified to be president. Actually, I said I was hoping he’d drop out. Do people even bother to read these, before responding.
            I never said he should get credit for bankruptcies. I don’t know how clearer I can make this.
            And it took me 20 seconds to find out that all his businesses (as suggested) didn’t end in bankruptcies. Though it would be useful to find out who has benefitted from his businesses and who has been hurt and by how much. Course it’s easier to take cheap shots.

            Dealing with people who can only see one side of an issue is like watching Hannity. It’s always frustrating.

          • Dan

            So, let’s go back to your original comment. You posit that there’s “the other side” that you can see and that we’re missing. What, exactly, is that other side, the side that compels us to look at Mr. Trump’s private sector credentials and then take him seriously as a presidential candidate?

        • nj

          He employs people and has “taken risks,” so that makes him qualified to be President?

          Why are you bothering us with this nonsense? I want the 30 seconds of my life back that i wasted reading your post.

        • Anonymous

          Sure give Trump all the credit you want. What this has to do with him being a good serious candidate for the most powerful job in the world is beyond me. Being a real-estate magnate and owner of casinos does not mean you can be a good president. Mind you we elected Bush. So you never know.

    • Anonymous

      He’s not some academic activist with zero real world experience or some life time politician who’s resume consists primarily of taking money from everyone and funneling it to the people voting for him and to the causes of the lobbyists. This sounds like the former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

    • Cory

      And of course, in conservative America, being an academic is a mark of shame.

  • Bruce

    Republicans have a habit of nominating the stupidest guy/gay in the room so Trump is a viable candidate. All who don’t believe in evolution or global warming raise your hands.

    • RobertME

      How about all those who don’t believe in using the term “gay” as an insult raise their hands. What’s the matter with you?

      One can see the kind of elevated discussion that’s inspired by a show on Donald Trump for President.

    • John

      I assume that was a typo and he intended to say, “gal.”

      • Bruce

        Yes that was a typo…

  • NICK

    JANE:

    I hope some one brings up how many times Trump has filed for Bankruptcy. When I worked in NJ, I got screwed badly by one of his bankruptcies. It affected banking in N. NJ.

    He is not a real “make a profit” businessman. He is more in the snake oil category type.

  • Anonymous

    Poll Finds Lack of Passion for Republican Candidates
    Today’s headline from the NY Times.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/us/politics/22republicans.html?hp

  • Chris B

    As a regular contributor to WBUR I seriously resent the spending of a single mil on giving this pinwit any more exposure on the airwaves, let alone in a supposedly serious form. Leave him to Jon Stewart.

    • Anonymous

      Speaking of which, they should have had Mr.Stewart on the show to counter this right wing love fest.

  • RobertME

    Why not a show on the whole prospective field of Republican candidates? A show on Trump for President and Matt Continetti as a guest is ridiculous.

  • Cory

    If Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin can be taken seriously, someone must explain to me why Donald Trump cannot.

    • RobertME

      Good Point.

    • Chris B

      If Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin looked more like Golda Meir and Indira Ghandi they wouldn’t be.

      • David

        Exactly. Dirty old Republican men have needs you know.

    • Anonymous

      Who said they were?

    • LinP

      “Don’t worry kids, the country will NEVER reelect George Bush. The citizens are just not that stupid.”

      Me, to my children on eve of George W. Bush’s reelection. After that, I’ll never again discount anyone running for president.

  • http://twitter.com/Thinknaboutit Derobos Wontonyhw

    I think Trump throwing his hat in the ring and his popularity among the GOP voters is a testament to the fact that they don’t feel a need to present a serious candidate. The GOP has been getting everything it wanted plus more with Obama and are now able to blame any failures on the “democrats” why would they want to change that equation?

    • emanresulooc

      I like your username, sobored whynotnow!

  • Worried for the country(MA)

    the donald’s candidacy == joke. More flip flops than a beach shoe.

    He’s very masterful marketer and can be entertaining.

    He’s also artful in exposing media hypocrisy.

    Look at the clips of George Stephanopolous interview BO on William Ayers in 2008. The one where BO said Ayers was ‘just a guy in my neighborhood’. Now Ayers is claiming he wrote BO’s first book and now wants the royalties. George had zero followup to BO. Now look at George’s interview on Trump – four or five followups on birther crap even though Trump wanted to spend time on serious issues.

  • miro

    Another obnoxious, ignorant narcissist.

    Our celebrity culture seems to create them in abundance.

    Is there no way to rid ourselves of these egomaniacal buffoons?

  • Joe

    Trump’s a clown.

  • Henry Vere

    Interesting comments here, folks. Here is my take. On Point, as do other shows out there, follows the path of least resistance. Just how objective is calling this program “Donald Trump for President?!” Ashbrook often uses false, misleading or just plain confusing dichotomies in his show titles, to use perhaps a couple bizarre examples, “Robert E. Lee, the Souths’ salvation or Madman on an unwinnable mission?” “John W. Booth, fanatic or mis-guided saint?” My point in mentioning those is that when Ashbrook does that it is a fallacious stunt. People are not “this or that” they are complicated and multi-dimensional. It is wrong to put them into debates where they are either this false assumption or that false assumption. Just like to add one more thing & then I’ll shut up. Ever since the Goldwater loss, the conservatives have amassed huge wealth and resources in their think tanks, to the point where they have an unlimited pool of people to comment on shows such as On Point. Progressives and liberals have relied on the government to fund things, a government being choked away by the conservatives and far right, so that now on shows such as On Point and just about any others, Fox, Today Show, The View – you name it, you hardly ever see anyone on the progressive, liberal or left side giving their side. I can’t tell you how tired I am of basically tweedle dum and more tweedle dum giving their views on these shows…knowing full well there are many other decent points of view out there not represented.

    I lied, one more thing! Yesterday, I stood in line in gas station just down the street from my house behind a guy who looked like he was on his last leg & clearly needed some new clothes, shoes and a few square meals would have helped. No he wasn’t buying beer or cigarettes. But he did fork over about $100 for lottery tickets! The rightwingers voted into office could care less about this guy’s problems, but he on the other hand I’m sure would vote for them if he does indeed vote. He identifies with people like Trump I’m sure, those who have hit it big just like he knows he’s going to do….someday as soon as he buys just a few more of these lottery tickets!

    • Dan

      tl; dr

    • Tina

      INteresting observations! The thing about Tom’s splaying out of false polarities at times, in the titles to the shows — you say that they are stunts. I’ll have to pay more attention, but off the top of my head, I think you’ve got a good ear for this. I THINK you’d agree with me on this — the reason that Tom gets away with this is that he still has a great moral compass when the interviews get underway! One or two topics make him ever so slightly nervous, but his range, otherwise, is a gift, or I consider it one to me!

  • nj

    An hour on this a**clown? With a hundred other things that deserve our attention? Really??

    • Anonymous

      How many other candidates have been dismissed the same way and went on to gain office? The voters need to keep an eye on all those who run.

  • Chad-Atlanta

    How can you take this pubicity stunt seriously?

  • Anonymous

    So if Trump wins does he get to do his reality show from the West Wing.
    Can you just see it, Trump and his daughter sitting in the Oval Office telling world leaders that they are fired.

    Will he rename the White House Trump House?

    • Anonymous

      Worse – he will cover it in gold and change the name to the Trump Gold House.

  • State Cop

    The “Trump: a not serious candidate” reaction sounds plausable on the surface but it is getting to be trite and over used. Here’s why:

    Why is any other candidate any more or less serious? All of our candidates start out John Q Know-nothing – as selectmen, then local Reps, then Federal Reps, and so on. I knew Scott Brown as a mere member of the Board of Assessors in Wrentham . . .

    The difference is that the career politician becomes indoctrinated to the political machinery and indebted to the corporations and lobbyist that help to get them where they are.

    And I WILL say this: The Donald has done far better than I have in my business life – and far better than many politicians.

    I’m not FOR or AGAINST Mr Trump.

    Regarding President Obama, he is NOT a career pol – and it shows, as he wrestles inside the political straight-jacket they’ve put on him.

    I’m not particularly FOR or AGAINST President Obama either.

    • Anonymous

      Trump is a narcissist and a showman, and we all know it. What his campaign is doing is showing us clearly what the other politicians try to hide being.

      • State Cop

        I agree. They all must have some degree of ego that pushed them into such high visability work – not unlike high powered business people. In some cases it’s an act and in other cases it’s who they are. Mit Romney was just a successful businessman before becoming Gov., no different than Trump, yet he was taken seriously enough to get elected . . . In the end, they all get rolled into the machinery.

  • BHA in Vermont

    Trump is a loud mouth with no chance of getting elected.

    Would ‘we’ REALLY elect someone who has filed for corporate bankruptcy 4 times, most recently 2 years ago? The creditors and stock holders get screwed, he still gets his big paycheck and thinks he is brilliant.

    I REALLY don’t think this country needs a Boom or Bust president who thinks the current president was not born a U.S. citizen despite all evidence to the contrary.

    I REALLY don’t think this country needs a Spend, Spend, SPEND president.

    • Worried for the country(MA)

      “I REALLY don’t think this country needs a Spend, Spend, SPEND president. ”

      BHA, this show is on Trump not Obama.

  • David

    I am tempted to vote for him just to see the Donald get whipped so badly when he “goes up against the Chinese” that he never leaves the White House for 4 years.

  • bo jones

    At least he isn’t afraid to say what he honestly feels, as most politicians are. He brings up important issues no one wants to say out loud such as when we leave Iraq, the Iranians will LIKELY take over the oil in Iraq.

    As for the birther issue – he doesn’t believe for sure O wasn’t born in HI – only that there’s some evidence that he wasn’t + that should be investigated.

    • Anonymous

      Obama has a birth certificate. There is not evidence.
      Get over it already.

    • David

      Obama not born in this country is such a joke.
      Do you really think that our millions of spooks, who we have to pay hundreds of billions a year to, didn’t investigate this?

      Come on.

      Now if the Donald were to claim he is CIA I would be with him.

    • ThresherK

      If he’s so bold, why didn’t he give us this wisdom in the summer of 2008?

    • Zeno

      Even Bachmann is backing away from this stupidity, but I bet she flip flops on it in the future: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20055716-503544.html

    • Dan

      “only that there’s some evidence that he wasn’t”

      Yeah? I’m unaware of that evidence. Care to provide a link to support this conjecture? If you can’t provide a link to a credible source, are you willing to accept that you’re wrong and so is Trump?

  • ThresherK

    Wait, “a conservative who sees Trump’s appeal, a conservative who says he must be stopped”?

    Is this another round of our favorite NPR panel game, Where’s the Liberal?

  • Anonymous

    Just watch when all of the so-called pro-marriage Republicans try to call Trump as one of them.

    • ThresherK

      You mean he’s not going to get any farther in the primaries than Presidents Giuliani or Gingrich? :-)

      • Anonymous

        There you go–it reminds me of the line from “North by Northwest.” Roger Thornhill says, “I believe in marriage. I’ve been married twice.”

    • Zeno

      He is the ideal “Family Values” candidate.

  • Anonymous

    What about the out going U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman and former Utah governor who is launching a bid for the republican nomination. This man has an interesting background and is a serious candidate who if nominated has a real good chance of beating Obama.

    • David

      Ambassador to China?

      That can’t be good for us American Serfs.

    • Dan

      That would require the GOP to nominate someone who served as Ambassador for the man who brought you death panel socialism, an apparatchik in the tyrannical, Constitution-shredding foreign usurper’s “administration.”

      They’ve spit way too much vitriol at Obama to make Huntsman 2012 a possibility.

  • Wickchik

    Donald Trump is the definition of the Ugly American and I mean his attitudes not his hair. Comments about winning a war against Libya and then taking control of that country or taking care of the Somali pirates with a few ships and an admiral, belie his political immaturity and bully personality. Let’s hope its more of a PR stunt.

  • John

    Trump would mow any current Republican candidate; he can run on either ticket, I or R, and get the majority of conservatives. Supporters would put the tea party movement to shame.

    Not sure about his chances against Obama but he would have definitely have momentum after the sweep in primaries.
    Not sure i like it but i think it would be a probable outcome.

    • Anonymous

      The problem for him is the social conservative part of the Republican party. They’ll compromise with a candidate who can talk the talk and not sound fake, but I can’t see them supporting Trump.

      • John

        i would go all in on Trump, Vegas may even put it on the boards, if you have ever met a Trump supporter you may change your opinion, my Trump buddies are very motivated, Rep party has no contender once he gets on the debate floor, stay tuned.

    • Dan

      Hi, welcome to America, we have elections here every two years, so I’m sure you’ll learn quickly…

      • John

        sorry Dan, thanks for the correction, so do you think he could sweep the field?

  • David

    He is a dunce on the constitution apparently. Just like Sarah.

    Saw the interview where trump didn’t know that the right to privacy was the basis of Roe v Wade.

  • Anonymous

    Ross Perot was a wacko, but he did have some good ideas, so his campaign did good for the country. This bloated ego will just make us more cynical.

  • ThresherK

    “Three Generations that Built an Empire” reminds me: Didn’t Trump once refer to being born to the right parents (i.e. membership in the “lucky sperm club”) as a great start on the road to being super-successful in this country?

    I wonder how often he’ll tell his new base how much he inherited.

  • Dh001g

    What better head of our new corporatist state than America’s favorite CEO—the Donald.

  • David

    OMG. Talking like Trump should really be president is beyond belief.

    He is a 2x(?) bankrupt, 3x married loudmouth.

  • Anonymous

    Thus the Democrats will love having Trump in the race. He will split the vote and make a guaranteed reelection for Obama.

  • Sik4toyz

    Talking smack about President Obama is disrespectful in every way, and a sign of things to come for this potential candidate. Are we saying that being a billionaire is all it takes to run this country? To get votes? (“Look at all my money…!”) Equally depressing is his interest in big business, real estate and being pro-life. NOT my candidate.

    The awful coverage time that the media will now dedicate to this guy, tis all Trumped up!

  • David

    We (“the conservatives”) welcome Trump’s voice.

    That must be because you are dumber than a bag of rocks like Trump is.

    And I am no Obama fan.

  • Anonymous

    How can someone who runs a group called The Family Leader, that wants God to be the leader of the family, support Trump?

  • Asiakepka

    the worst thing about Trump becoming next president is the fact he would be able to redecorate The White House.

  • David

    Iowans are very savvy in that they have the Federal government dumping billions in their lap for a failed ethanol policy. (which is really a give-away-for-vote policy.)

    Other than that, can’t say as I’m too impressed with their taste.

    • Chris Cooper

      Ethanol must rely on corn subsidies for its viability, which isn’t sustainable. Corn needs lots of water and fertilizer. Corn monoculture in the American west is expected to deplete the Ogllala Aquifer within 20 years, turns the topsoil to dust (remember John Steinbeck), and the fertilizers and pesticides necessary to grow corn have already polluted the Mississippi River to the point that there’s a Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico the size of Texas.

  • rob

    When is NPR going to give all candidates some coverage instead of just the 2 major parties, that are ripping off the American people? These are not candidates for office, they are thieves and extortionists. There are many people out there with better credentials and better ideas. They just don’t have the money to do a campaign. The ones we have now are content with the 2 party system and will do nothing to change it. NPR might consider doing a real search for honest, unknowns that will do a good job for us. NPR is promoting the status quo promoted by commercial media and big $. Donald Trump and the others are not news, they are the same old thing. News would be something different, and better.

    • Anonymous

      Amen! Let’s have a serious campaign between the Greens and the Libertarians. That way, the country can vote on what actually matters, rather than on silliness.

      Greg Camp
      Springdale, AR
      http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/

      • David

        That’s who I will be voting for.

        I’m not into the D/R kabuki dance anymore.

        • Anonymous

          Good. The fact is that we don’t have to support the Democrats or the Republicans any more. They don’t pay attention to us. We can get information from many sources, so we don’t have to listen to campaign ads. We can make our own choices.

          • Chris Cooper

            I think things will go on the way they are until we do something about Gerrymandering, as if that were ever likely to happen.

  • Tncanoeguy

    Conservative Republicans talking about price controls on oil and gas? That’s what communist – command control economies do. I guess they don’t really believe in the market.

  • Anonymous

    Jane would you please tell that rube that the whole issue about Obama’s birthplace has been settled. If 40% of Iowans have some doubt about where President Obama was born is saying more about those folks than the president.

    • ThresherK

      I hope you’re not holding your breath waiting for someone to imply that the high % of Iowa GOPers who are Birthers is a “them” problem, not an “us” problem.

      Any NPR show will be full of this because–as the NPR ombud said this month–there are more Republicans on NPR because they are making more news. (Of course, when it comes to NPR, there’s always a reason to have more Republicans.)

    • Worried for the country(MA)

      Someone famous (who was that?) once said ‘Trust but Verify’

  • Gary Trees

    I live in Davenport, Iowa and Bob VanderPlaats is a wacko. Nowhere near 48% of Iowans have questions about Obama’s country of birth. Bob, you’re making us look like idiots. (fwiw, Bob VanderPlaats led the campaign to get the Iowa Supreme Court justices ousted after they deemed gay marriage to be a constitutional right in the state of Iowa, this after he lost his bid for governor.)

    • Worried for the country(MA)

      I was wondering about that!!! When they said this guy supported Huckabee last time I knew he was nuts.

  • Paul

    Please Mr. Vander Plaats. You are a discrace. This is racists America calling out “Papers Please, Mr. President” …you and the rest of the Birthers are a stain on the country.

    Get real
    Paul

  • Anonymous

    I think that Sarah Palin brought herself down every time she opened her mouth.

  • Sandyu

    Why are the Republicans running somebody in 2012, anyway? Isn’t Obama giving the GOP everything it asks for? What more does the GOP want, anyway?

    • David

      How true.

      Believe me TPTB want to keep Obama in there as he is their corporate guy.

      It’s just a show for the “little people” that Obama is a socialist.

  • Dab

    Great, America the bully-country of the world is considering The Bully-in-Chief. Super fantastic!

  • Chris

    It’s interesting to me that people find the Donald appealing because he speaks his mind, or he’s blunt, tells it like it is, etc. I thought that was Sarah Palin’s deal? I’d like to hear the guests address the difference between these two “candidates”… I have theory that Palin & Trump split this “plainspoken” vote along gender lines… or maybe geographic (East coast/urban vs. heartland)….?

  • ThresherK

    Okay, is it time to find someone else to speak for ALL of Iowa?

    • Tncanoeguy

      Sort of like Boehner speaking for “Americans”.

  • unsui

    On Point, pleeeeeeze. They’re talking about Trump on All Things Considered too. A joke candidate when there is so much to talk about.

    • Anonymous

      There was another joke candidate who kept running in the German elections in the 20s. He had several bizarre ideas and had led a silly revolutionary attempt, but he won more and more votes.

      • Anonymous

        And he wasn’t even born in Germany.

        • Anonymous

          Oy Vey…

  • Anonymous

    Did I just hear Trump say he has great relationship with the Blacks?
    Oy Vey…

    • David

      Yes, he does. The Blacks who are millionaires. They are the only blacks who are welcome onto any of his properties.

    • ThresherK

      How different is this than the biennial headlines of a GOP PR push to increase their share of African-American voters?

      Of course, that’s a bit at odds with their continual “keep out the vote” mission towards the same demographic.

      • Michael

        Too many people were voting in FL. so the republicans decided to cut the time to vote by half. Turns out to many minorities were voting and people were voting more for democrats.

        npr. org /2011/04/21/135604869/fla-gop-push-controversial-changes-to-voting-laws

    • Anonymous

      after he checks their birth certificates

  • Rachel

    I honestly think I will be voting outside the usual two party system in the next election. I truly believe our current system is outdated. Parties only serve to empower themselves not the people of our country. If each person ran as an independent they would be held accountable for their decisions/votes. No more hiding behind “the party”. It would also free up politicians to vote how they truly believe not how they are obligated to vote in order to receive party support.

    I don’t think I will magically change the system by changing the way I vote. I am only one person, but things have to start somewhere.

    • Anonymous

      The only vote that you throw away is the one that you cast for someone who doesn’t represent you. The major parties keep pushing the illusion that we have to vote for them, and it’s time for us to show them our independence.

      • ThresherK

        I’ve never lived in a swing state, but otherwise, good advice.

        Of course, when it comes to public ignorance, it may be time for the Gallups to conduct another scientifically valid poll asking Americans “Is the two-party system required by the Constitution?”

        • Anonymous

          The Constitution actually was designed against parties. The Framers feared the power that parties amass. Our system would work better as a parliamentary system, but we have what we have.

          • Chris Cooper

            The Brits have a parliamentary system, but they also have political parties. Maybe we need more political parties, insuring that political parties have to form coalitions in order to get candidates into office.

      • Rachel

        Maybe me or someone or a lot of someones need to start some kind of grassroots movement to change the structure of the current system and remove the corrupting influences of money from special interest groups. I have no idea to go about this. I’m just thinking out loud. I just don’t see how the current system of government represents me or a lot of people like me and I can’t sit around and just complain about it. Nothing changes without action. I’m just not sure what action to take, but I will be mulling it over.

        There has to be some way of networking people to donate time and services and oust a lot of these politicians from their current positions to put people more qualified in office who represent people, not corporations.

        Ok….still mulling this over…..

        • Chris Cooper

          After the Supreme Court invested Corporations the status of personhood, the idea that the U.S. is a democracy is a myth, but of course, we were already screwed by gerrymandering. The only way to save ourselves is to become individually politically active, and teach our children to do the same. So long as we let other people decide who our candidates are at the local level, we’re screwed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ericnewberg Eric Reed Lorentzen-Newberg

      I don’t think the issue is as much the two party system as it is the outrageous amount of money in politics. When politicians know they have to raise tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars per day to run for office (or stay in office), there is no way to escape the corrupting influence of special interest dollars.

      Parties are going to form. It’s an effective way to get things done in Congress. I’d like to see the two party stranglehold go away, but parties themselves I don’t see as a major problem. If we could change from a winner take all to instant run-off type system, more third party candidates could actually get votes and eventually some influence.

  • Tina

    What did one of the guests just say, “Obama is not a serious president”??? Was he quoting Trump, or did a guest MEAN this? (My concentration was off just then.) Thanks!

  • Massguy

    Funny the guest is allowed to say folks who are against gay marriage are “pro-marriage”

    • Anonymous

      Nor can someone like that explain how allowing gay partners to marry will hurt the marriages of straight people.

  • Ae-dodges

    Does anyone believe that if a birth certificate is produced that the controversy will go away. The Birthers don’t want to believe anything they see or hear that proves their conspiracy theory wrong. They would declare any birth certificate a forgery.

  • ThresherK

    Fresh faces, with no political experience, are needed, per a guest?

    Jane, now would be a great time to remind your centrist-to-far-right panel how all those Teabagger governors approval ratings are doing lately.

  • Anonymous

    Has Trump ever had to negotiate with an equal? The president can’t run the country like a business. Congress is supposed to be an equal branch of government, and it doesn’t like to be dictated to.

  • David

    Yes, the corporations want Americans working as cheaply as Chinese and Indians.

    Does anyone doubt that by now?

    30 years and the average wage increase has been about 3 dollars. Now we are headed on the downward slope to China’s average.

  • John

    Jane, please ask the guest his real chances as a canidate against the current field.

  • sceptic

    Recent caller Denise is right; the “birther” thing is all about racism. It was interesting to find out that John McCain was born outside the USA. Also, someone with a Scottish mother (Donald Trump) should be ashamed to be spewing all the nonsense that he does. Scottish people know the difference between B.S. and the truth (not when they returned the Lockerbie bomber to Libya, however.) Sadly there are Americans who are taken in by the Republican nonsense; George Orwell would be saying “I told you so.”

    • David

      The funny thing is that it was McCain who’s birth in Panama should have been really the one in question whether he could be president. But because he was a white old man it was all ok.

      • Worried for the country(MA)

        McCain was only ‘OK’ after the Senate certified his citizenship. To state the issue was not raised with McCain is simply false.

        • David

          I mean with the freaken racist voters. You know, like the birthers are.

          • Worried for the country(MA)

            Throwing around the racism charge so cavalierly is harmful to our society.

          • Chris Cooper

            I agree that Birtherism is just code for racism. It’s the same for the issue of “illegal immigrants.” Hispanics are already the majority population in many southwestern states. WASP’s are threatened by people who are willing to work harder for less money and who prosper in the long term.

          • http://twitter.com/Thinknaboutit Derobos Wontonyhw

            Judging from the people I’ve met, not all birthers are racist but all “white” racists are birthers.

          • Anonymous

            So is denying it exist and talking about it.

        • Greg

          So – why doesn’t the Senate just certify Obama’s citizenship? Looks like an easy solution…

      • Brennan511

        Yeah, a Lefty -left handED Irish-Man born….. on the Left /West Coast of N. America? what are the odds? -13 colonies N.E. SAVES.

    • Dalebrez

      Good points. For that matter, why has no other president, at least in modern history, EVER had his citizenship questioned? Because Obama is the first bi-racial.

  • Mtarantelli

    the real story today should be how a joke candidate like Trump can get a serious program like on point to do a show on him.

    • http://twitter.com/Thinknaboutit Derobos Wontonyhw

      Which raises two questions.

      Is Trump a joke candidate?

      Is On Point a serious program?

  • Dan M.

    Is this a civil Civil War,are We living with all those issues,it appears so. We are so Disfunctional as always. is it USA love it or leave it? USA IS a Continuing Soap Opera on the World stage…the Donald is on stage. Let’s the play go on, Please run,Mr. Trump,,,,,Get your YA-ya’s Out…

  • Anonymous

    Two party system overhaul? That’s simple. Vote for a third party. We have a secret ballot. We have multiple sources of news. There’s no reason to vote for Democrats or Republicans any more.

  • jack

    Why don’t the Repubs just skip the Trump and every other charade and just nominate the natural leader of their party – the Grand Wizard of the KKK!

    • Worried for the country(MA)

      you don’t know jack … lol

      Robert Byrd was a Democrat.

      • David

        You mean the southern dixie kind?

  • M K

    At the end of the day – when are people going to be talking about doing what’s best for the country as opposed to doing whatever they can to beat the other party?

  • Anonymous

    He couldn’t be worse that Bush was.

  • Chris Cooper

    One thing to be considered, in locating a viable candidate to oppose President Obama, is that none of the Republican potential candidates, Donald Trump especially, can’t provide a viable candidate to oppose Michelle Obama.

    • Chris Cooper

      (sorry about the double negative grammatical error)

  • Marichb3

    Donald Trump is the mirrored reflection of every other politician on the national stage. All national-level politicians are ambitious for power, influenced by deep pocketed business interests (whether foreign or domestic), and consistently fail to keep their campaign promises. Trump is no different; he’s just more transparent about it. It’s the the nature of the political game. Several callers have said he is a con artist, a false prophet, and a racist. Let me ask you all a question. Did any of you just listen to Trump’s biographer who spoke on NPR? She said Trump’s decision to push the Obama U.S. birth doubters agenda isn’t necessarily motivated by racism, but by public fears and media hunger. Second of all, Donald trump is a moderate-minded Republican who is willing to stick his neck out for his views unlike Republican contender Mitt Romney who has recently become a staunch social conservative but was once a supporter of pro-gay and pro-abortion policies as governor of Massachusetts. He is a serious presidential candidate, and until shed your naivety about how politics is filled with completely and truly altruistic, kind, and heart-warming people, you will never come to understand the political game.

    • David

      Oh we understand the political game all to well.

      It’s what has destroyed this country.

  • Joe

    Chumps for Trump.

    • Anonymous

      Twits for Mitt.

  • Dalebrez

    To Matt Continetti: You criticized Trump for his narcissistic, ego-maniacal nature, which is acurrate. But you don’t see the same about Sarah Palin???!!!! Wow—You can’t be serious!!!!!

    • Worried for the country(MA)

      “narcissistic, ego-maniacal ”

      A comparison to Obama would more apt.

      • ThresherK

        Wow. It’s boringly easy to get any right-winger to say any Democrat would “do anything to become president”.

        Is it legal to drive with your blood-KoolAid concentration?

        • Worried for the country(MA)

          No, I just laugh when I see all the sexist comments about Sarah Palin launched from the left. LOL

          • Chris Cooper

            I’m a woman, and Sarah Palin is Scary Spice. She’s a narcissist in the first degree. I’d gladly campaign for Tina Fey.

          • Worried for the country(MA)

            As a women, don’t you see the double standard. It happens to all powerful women politicians. Hillary too.

          • Chris Cooper

            Hillary and Sarah don’t live in the same universe. The reason I didn’t vote for Hilary is because she didn’t inspire me, and President & Mrs. Obama do. I believe that if President Obama is re-elected, that Michelle will form a large part of the reason why.

          • Anonymous

            Chris, Michelle is not running for reelection.
            I can’t help to see this as a reason to vote for Obama as a cop-out.
            Should it not be that Obama represents what you believe in?
            I voted for him and I’m so disappointed in this man I’m not sure I’m even going to vote. I already knew he was a centrist so I was not expecting FDR or LBJ or even Clinton. However I was not expecting a man who folds like a lawn chair.

            By the way I agree with your health care comment. It’s horrific that a nation as wealthy as we are cannot get this right. Sad really.

          • Chris Cooper

            I wouldn’t be surprised to see Michelle Obama run for President some day. She’s very savvy, a graduate of Princeton & Harvard, was an Associate Dean at the University of Chicago, with a long curriculum vitae. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that she is so constantly in the public eye. She ain’t your traditional First Lady, more like a 21st century Eleanor Roosevelt. After Hilary announced she wouldn’t remain as Secretary of State after this term, I think she is planning to run for President again. I expect things to get interesting.

          • Zing

            Hillary is a quitter

          • AnthonyR

            While I don’t like Barack or Michelle, I will vote for him b/c that way Bo will stay in the WH. I believe all dog lovers will vote similarly. I have no idea what people who like cats will do.

  • BillJ

    This is GREAT GREAT GREAT news for the Democrats. Almost as good as Sarah Palin being a candidate. Fingers crossed! If the Republican field is so weak that DONALD TRUMP is in the lead….WOW!

    • Chris Cooper

      There’s always the possibility that Donald Trump is crazy like a fox, by muddling in, he’s diluting Republican solidarity and highlighting the lack of viability of any one of the present potential candidates, making President and Mrs. Obama look better and better.

      • Ryan H

        If anything, I’d love to have a candidate (Trump) call the community organizer out. Obama has put the pedal to the medal on driving this country into the ground. Democrats hate Bush, but love Obama??? Obama has done more harm to this country in 2 years than Bush has in his entire Presidency!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vanessa-Callahan/100000440949257 Vanessa Callahan

          Ryan, a little late responding but I had to. I liken the Bush and Obama presidencies, and please this is an analogy, to two guests in a hotel room. Bush comes and stays for 8 years and wrecks the place, Obama is invited in then. He is told that he has just 4 short years to clean up Bush’s 8 year mess (and mind you there are now rats and roaches, bedbugs, and other creepy crawlies from the mess remaining unclean). So not very fair to think someone can clean up someone elses mess in less time they took to make it, especially when the mess becomes a runaway train of disaster (the debt he started is the mess that is now infested and growing, a Herculean effort that would take).

    • twenty-niner

      Even better news for the banks, because their Manchurian candidate will remain in the white house.

      • Zing

        Works for me!

  • AJAverett

    No, Mr. Continetti; Americans do NOT crave cheap goods from China – at least not those with an I.Q. larger than their shoe sizes and a passing knowledge of economics, not to mention a pride in their country and a memory of when we were a great industrial nation, and the world’s creditor, not debtor.

    And by all means continue to snidely dismiss global climate change – and its importance to us aforementioned Americans – and smugly ridicule what will be the greatest threat to humanity since thew last Ice Age (with a smirk suggestive of the last occupant of the Oval Office). (Gee, I wonder if you live or own property in a coastal plane…)

    As for how much we Americans dislike the health care “reform” law that was passed, and which the GOP – “Tea” Party Cartel are trying to destroy, it is a first, albeit greatly disappointing and inadequate, step in the right direction; its single greatest failing was to omit a “Public Option,” which is certainly dead for now, since the health care industry (and virtually every other industry, for that matter) now have their boughten shills controlling the House of Representatives (with a president who makes Neville Chamberlain seem like a strong and decisive leader by comparison). No, the “Health Care Industry Profit Protection Plan is absolutely inadequate (an understatement), but it is a formal place to start, while you and your fellow travelers want to permanently make us Americans mere ATMs for life in service of your industry benefactors (Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Maine, anyone?).

    Trump? Yeah; well we all need a laugh these daze [sic]. The clear and present danger to this nation is that one of your deranged associates might actually becoming president.

    • Chris Cooper

      As someone who lived in five countries on three continents, I find our current health care system appalling. The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. 37th on their list of nations for the quality of our health care. I repeat, 37TH. (France is ranked No. 1) So long as the Republicans can convince their constituents of their inate superiority, our country will continue in its downward spiral)

      • Zing

        When you goin’ back?

  • Newton Whale

    Why no Democrat on the panel?

    And saying the focus is on what Trump means for Republicans is no excuse. You devoted an entire hour to various Republicans using the Trump phenomenon to bash Obama. What did you think Matthew Continetti would do? That’s all he ever does. You could have had a Democrat on to counter his entirely predictable screed, but you didn’t. Now, if you really want to be objective, you should schedule another hour with a panel of Democrats pointing out that Trump’s position in the polls proves that the Republican base is irrational, impervious to facts, hypocritical, racist, and completely insane.

    • Zing

      You left out “winning”

    • Ryan H

      Newton Whale,

      Ha ha! Your statement “Republican base is irrational, impervious to facts, hypocritical, racist, and completely insane.” is a little silly and foolish. What politician (Republican or Democrat) is not irrational, impervious to facts, or hypocritical? Republicans racist? lol, so typical. I think the Democrats have totally brain washed you. If there were ever a politician that was direct and completely honest that would be the guy I vote for, but unfortunately we will have to continue to decide between dumb and dumber candidates.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKTQZFAJV2HJUEMMMLCDW6SUIU Gabrielle

    why feed the trolls?

  • Itmustbepatjas

    Exuding confidence, Doanld Trump feeds the weary, discouraged soul of many Americans; unfortunately, his self-confidence is based not on actual ability and understanding or the complexities of the Presidency, but rather on his own egotism, insatiable need for attention, and periodic boredom.
    His candicacy is both comic relief for our stresed nation and an embarrassment for our nation…it is pitiful that so many people actually are considering and discussing his viability for candidacy.

    • Chris Cooper

      I’m trusting that the National Enquirer and their ilk will uncover whatever bats/spiders/skeletons are in the various candidates’ belfries/attics/closets. The Truth Will Out, potential candidates be warned. I still think Trump is crazy like a fox, but if he had a real desire to be President, he would need a Michelle Obama/Hillary Clinton/Dollie Madison/Eleanor Roosevelt/ on his arm, which he doesn’t.

  • Lambotron2000

    Today Gov. Gary Johnson announced his campaign for president — he’s the first to officially announce — a little-known but serious candidate. Instead NPR is talking about an unserious candidate who is mostly famous for being famous and is flirting with politics (yet again) just to become more famous…

    Please, I can get this circus from any other media outlet. This is not why I listen to NPR.

  • Zak

    Jane, how can you dignify Bob Vander Plaats with that brush off of the birth certificate issue? Bigger than Trump himself, the issue of the *absolute denial* of reality on the part of a great many Republicans is what you should be challenging. How can we have a reasonable conversation about the race for the highest office in the land if we can’t get the most basic agreement on what is real?

  • charlie

    Donald Trump is fake, he has files bankruptsy three time and he still get paid by his fallen empire…he is in for his celebrity apprepentence

    • Ryan H

      He personally has not filed for bankruptcy. He has had a few failed business ventures, which resulted in bankruptcy. What’s wrong with that?

  • Greg

    I think a caller observed that Congress did nothing when McCain’s citizenship was questioned during the 2008 campaign, and that if Obama were white, no one would question his citizenship. It’s MUCH more blatant than that. The 110th Congress, in its 2nd session passed
    SRES 511
    “Recognizing that John Sidney McCain, III, is a natural born citizen.”
    IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
    April 10, 2008

    • Chris Cooper

      I think with respect to the difference, the Repubs were stressed because while Hawaii is a state, the Panama Canal Zone is not. If any candidate’s citizenship should be called into question, it was Senator McCain’s, not President Obama’s.

      • Chris Cooper

        Slight correction, with respect to citizenship sufficient to confer the right to run for the Office of the President.

      • Anonymous

        If I’m not mistaken McCain was born on US territory and that wold make him a citizen.

  • Chris Cooper

    I just heard that President Obama approved the use of predator drones in Libya, I’m pleased he’s taking some action to help

  • Zeno

    I guess America is going to see how a real life Eric Cartman will make a run for the presidency. There will be much frustration and laughter.

  • AnthonyR

    Trump’s viabiilty comes from Americans outrage and disappointment with Obama and whatever suit the Republicans might come up with.

    • Mark S.

      Phuque you..

  • Brett

    …I thought, “who’s gonna be Trump’s running mate? Mayor Gloomberg?” Then, it came to me: Rob Blagojevich! They would run on the hair ticket

    • Brennan511

      Whig Whig Whig [torries want war]
      China & California &TX’ess are the “mange” problemo, main’ -burnt FReedom fries, lead, hair samples? lol

  • lori

    Regis for VP: come on..read some more children’s books around your preschooler’s room and have some more fantasy, Trump.

  • Jason

    I think Trump is sucking up so much air in the room is that most serious contenders would rather hold off for a 2016 bid. While the Dems lost ground during the mid term, General elections are where the left comes out to vote. Obama has had some tough times, but he is about to get back to what he does best, campaigning and the GOP knows this.

  • Jason

    and look out for Paul Ryan in 2016. This past week he has accused the president of using his Budget as a reelection tool. Paul Ryan should learn to put his foot in his mouth. What a political animal! There’s no way this egomaniac isn’t going to run. He’s smart to wait.

  • Dana Franchitto

    what a brazen GOP conservative love Fest on “public” radio on a topic best left to National enquirer and People Magazine. NPR= “National Publican Radio”

  • Sawitowl

    What a waste of time.

    • Mark S.

      Damn straight!

  • Janicemcgee23

    President Obama, What a joke of a President!!! All the talk and nooooo walk. No experience, no guts, no vision no jobs!!!! I would love to compare Obamas resume to Trumps. Obama… Community Organizer for Acorn, Aclu, Rev. Wright & Oprah….Trumps…. Job Creator, Billionaire made over, Great Negotiator Decision maker equals a super, thriving economy. OBAMA, YOUR FIRED!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Hendrickson/1652586055 Joshua Hendrickson

      Let’s see what you diss: Acorn–help for the poor. ACLU–help for those whose voices would be silenced. Rev. Wright–open and honest about America’s flaws. Oprah–has had a positive influence on, at least, American reading habits. Definitely shows what kind of character you have, Janicemcgee–or what character you don’t have.

      By contrast, Trump’s a billionaire–that’s great for the wealthy privileged class. Job creator and destroyer, just like all rich people. Pathetic egotistic monster and star of godawful reality shows. Oh yeah, he’d be a great president–of Hell.

    • Brett

      Obama may be likened to a joke by some, but The Donald would be a punch line to any presidency!

  • Mark S.

    I have not listened to this program yet and question whether I will. Beyond the fact that this guy is an arrogant, self-aggrandizing, loud-mouthed, egomaniacal empty suit, I am even more surprised that On Point even seems to be taking him seriously. Of course, as P.T. Barnum supposedly said, nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people, except maybe Trump, whose casinos (usually a license to steal) have gone bankrupt more than once. Witess the fact that W. got a second term after the crapstorm he set in motion during his first four years appointed to the White House. If Trump ever won, I would definitely leave.

    • CynthisOL

      You are so on-the-money with Bush. He is the son-of-a-bitch who took this country to its proverbial knees and beyond. Obama cannot right the damage done in four short years. But, as stupid as we all are, and we are – even the London times asked the question “How can 50 million people be that stupid?, we want instant gratification. It’s going to take a lot longer than four years, and it is not going to be accomplished by Trump who doesn’t know his ass from first base when it comes to politics.

  • Brett

    Better we should let The Donald be mayor, or something, of someplace like Utica or Buffalo, first, if you know what I mean…Wait, I’ve got it: Post Master General! The Donald would make a fine Post Master General! He could even unveil the Trump stamp! Why, I’d bet he’d whip those Postal workers into shape, fast, too!!

    • Brennan511

      You’re not a “Birther” are you ? [I love it man]
      it’s all about trajectory… he could fly america high or impact like Al Gore, except “Trump’s” “likable”, no Bagage?post… “court or COUNTRY” whig-out… America Up? big country or Night court? vice? LOL yankee doodle dandy…

      • Brett

        Brennan511,
        Maybe put the amyl nitrate down for a few minutes before posting! ;-)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.defrancesco Lee G. De Francesco

    It was as all get out to hear Trump blurt. The Blacks. He gets my vote. They deserve the monolithic treatment since they cling to being monolithic

  • Brennan511

    “WHIGMORE” the Whig party [Country; vs Court-torry] said manifest destiny is wreckless, now china’s got our Plastic Opium…
    Is Obama as good as F.D.R. -pre-WWII…? is brash {narsisistic} bad? or Equally inspirED,,,

  • Yangjac

    Donald Trump will gambling our country like casino. He is too ego manic and moron, no background on politics. He is stupid and ignorant, not qualified for president at all. Only annoying people he would run president.

    • MT

      and Obama is qualified? The guy cant balance his check book

  • CynthisOL

    Are you kidding? This person (for lack of a more appropriate word) was/is in the habit of buying up buildings and turning them into expensive condos, and then throwing the people who were in them in the first place, out on the street, when they, obviously could not pay the exhorbitant rent. AND YOU WANT HIM FOR PRESIDENT? How stupid are you and what short memories you all have. He would run this country like a business, and that cannot be done. His previous actions reflect his piss-poor attitude with regard to people’s suffering. He couldn’t give a s_ _ t less.

  • Cynthia Badger

    We have become a nation of disheartened, media-steered, rhetoric-saturated soporifics, further hobbled by an indecisive, hyper-rhetorical, fact-dodging, unfocused, pork-fed, poll-driven, debt-laden, somnolent government, it would serve us all right if Donald Trump became President.

    As a people we have been politically bludgeoned into our current state of torpor. Any outrage – whatever little we can muster – is confined to blog posting and the odd editorial. The only people stirring the pot seem to be the crazies like Sarah Palin, Jan Brewer, Jon Kyl, Glenn Beck and yes – Donald Trump. And, the Donald’s got more than enough dough to buy his ticket and pay full fare!

    Our country has become its OWN reality show!

  • Forrester

    Until recently, I believed and respected Donald Trump. But now, I think Donald Trump is a tramp. He takes himself more seriously than he is worth taking serious.
    I don’t need his kind of wealth to feel worthy in society. My fear is that, in the year 2011, my ID will still be required in many places I appear because of the color of my skin. Donald Tramp is working hard to ensure that continues.
    The world is full of very, very smart people who never made it to university, myself included with less than grade 10 education, because of poverty. But I’m not afraid of Donald’s smarts.
    If I declare three bankruptcies as he did, leaving shareholders and investors with the empty cup, I’ll say I’m smart.
    I don’t have money, but I’m not afraid to tell Donald Trump to shut up any day. It’s people like him that run the economy to the ground, because you don’t need to be Einstein to know that if a business files for bankruptcy, somebody is left picking that loss. Donald Trump did that (3) three times. That is enough to make him smarter than the rest of us. Doesn’t it.

    I feel sorry for Donald Trump, because he is the only rich man who will leave this world alive.

    And for those others that revel in the birther issue, and those that make money doing it, all that they’re ensuring is America’s irrelevance in the world. Nothing more.

    Read more celebrity gossip at: http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2011/04/president-obama-on-birther-controversy-i-was-there/#ixzz1KvHxXdGa

  • Anonymous

    With every Republican suddenly re-entering the presidential primary, will The Donald be far behind? Or is he waiting for the field to clear and run as an Independent? Check out the new political satire which assesses The Donald’s candidacy!
    http://www.thedonaldforpresidentbook.blogspot.com/

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