Washington Examiner - Liberals were presumably cheered by recent Gallup polling reported in USA Today showing that close to two-thirds of the American people did not want to see Donald Trump elected president.
And clearly with the release of President Obama's birth certificate Wednesday, there will be an increasing hue and cry from the Left that Trump is either illegitimate, ill-informed, or unqualified to be president. And he may well be some, if not all, of those things.
But, we live in a time of crisis, and the American people are looking for leadership. And what the underlying message of the Trump campaign has been, irrespective of substance, is that he is a leader, able to provide solutions and answers, at a time when the American people lament the absence of direct and obvious approaches to the nation's problems.
Trump's rise in the Republican primary polls, not withstanding current reports, will not be lost on a Republican field that is desperate to get traction. And what those Republican candidates who ultimately announce and go forward will realize is one fundamental truth:
The only way for them to gain support and visibility is to take the fight directly to the president, both in terms of their own perception of his lack of personal qualifications, as well as their substantial disagreements with White House policy both at home and abroad.
What the Trump candidacy shows is even if he is wrong, and fundamentally wrong on a number of his assertions, his style, his approach and his persona are what the Republicans need if they are to successfully take the fight to an increasingly unpopular president.
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Blog author's comments - I don't think anyone knows if Trump is serious about running or if he is simply enjoying the limelight.
He is taking flack from the Democrats/liberals, MSM and some members of the GOP, but does not seem to be bothered by any of it. I don't know if "The Donald" would want to take the pay cut for four years if he did somehow become President.
The positive which he is doing is going right at the Obama regime which the Republicans must learn to do if they expect to win in 2012.
If Trump does run, he may not have done himself any favors by dropping the F-bomb during a speech in Vegas two evenings ago. Some may see it as un-presidential.
Whoever emerges with the GOP nomination after the smoke clears will have to go for the jugular of Obama and the Democrats if they expect to win, which I believe is a must win situation in 2012. I do hope the Republicans in Washington feel the same way.