— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) August 4, 2015
Maybe one of the lower-polling GOP candidates could shoot it with a shotgun for publicity. https://t.co/AyIEPoibsj
— Andrew Stiles (@AndrewStilesUSA) August 4, 2015
I can’t play Vampira, much less Vampirella, but with enough green body paint I can fake a pretty good Broom-Hilda. In the spirit of past-its-sell-by-date late-night schlock, some recent ‘Hail to the Hairpiece’ cheez…
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) August 5, 2015
There is nothing more tiresome than respectable Republicans pretending that they don't know how all this ever happened to their party
— SkarkWeekSneak (@word_34) August 4, 2015
Matt Bai, at Yahoo Politics, “Donald Trump Amuses Us to Death“:
… This was back in 1999, just like the Prince song, when I was a junior political correspondent at Newsweek, and Trump was pretending to run for president for the very first time. His venue then was a complete train wreck called the Reform Party, which for a brief moment, believe it or not, was a pretty big deal in American politics, but by that point was ripping itself in half.
Founded by Ross Perot in 1995, Reform was then led, nominally, by the wrestler-turned-Minnesota-governor Jesse Ventura, a populist libertarian with whom I spent an inordinate amount of time in those days. But Pat Buchanan, the disenchanted social conservative, had decided to stage a hostile takeover so he could use the party’s ballot line to run for president again — an eventuality Ventura was so determined to stop that he would have gladly thrown his support behind any half-wit degenerate who came through the door with some cash and a plausible resume.
And in walked Donald Trump…
Marcy Wheeler, at Salon, enjoying the show:
… While once thought of as a flash in the pan, Trump’s candidacy has proven to be a far bigger problem for the Republican Party than establishment figures ever expected. In coping with such a colossal headache, the Party seems to be following the Kübler-Ross model of grief — the model frequently used to describe how people come to grips with the death of a loved one.
Most institutional Republicans still appear to still be in the denial stage: “He doesn’t really want to be President, he just wants to run and get lots of attention doing so.”… “As soon as yet another imagined dream candidate gets in the race he’ll start eating into Trump’s lead.” “He — or an staffer — said something so offensive it will make him toxic.” Curiously, this latter form of denial always seems to focus on what Trump said, not what he did.
It’s that series of things that Trump has said, starting with the claim that immigrants are rapists,, which Republicans (fairly) worry might damage the party brand, that has led them to start lashing out — although the response was muted, as anything short of full-blown nativism risks damaging the national prospects of GOP candidates these days…
As Trump’s continued strength — and decisive pull in any third-party bid has become clear — the focus has shifted to securing assurances that he won’t withdraw his considerable fortune from the GOP and run on the Donald Trump Party ticket…
Kitsch is King: Trump and the Right Wing Authoritarian Style https://t.co/khHbVnWiUk From earlier today…
— Billmon (@billmon1) August 4, 2015