(H/t Paul Krugman, at his blog)
And now, for something completely different… Seagulls follow garbage barges, and Buzzfeed follows Donald Trump. McKay Coppins’ much-blogged-about longread is pretty entertaining, actually:
Donald Trump is sitting in the passenger seat of a black SUV packed with four well-dressed yes-men — and me — as we wind through the snowy roads of Manchester, New Hampshire on a quiet Tuesday morning in January. He has just finished a series of speeches and interviews at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics designed to stoke speculation about his political ambitions. His most recent gambit has been to make noise about running for governor in New York, but none of the students, activists, and local politicos he just spent the morning glad-handling seemed interested — a fact he notes with a tinge of frustration as soon as we get in the car.
“They didn’t ask one question about running for governor,” Trump tells his aides, rubbing his hands together as the vehicle fills with the alcoholic scent of hand sanitizer. “They didn’t care.”
There is a tense moment of silence before the driver offers, “They probably think you’re already past that.”
Trump likes this theory. “That’s interesting,” he says, raising his voice so that everyone in the car can hear. “Did you hear what he said? He said they think I’m past that. I can’t tell you how many people have said that to me. They say, ‘What are you doing running for governor?’” He punctuates the last word with the sort of disgusted tone he might use if someone asked him to trade in his private plane for a Bolt Bus ticket. “It’s a good point.”
The notion that he is simply too big — too presidential — for a measly job in the Albany Statehouse has temporarily quelled his insecurity. But after this morning, Trump can no longer escape the fact that his political “career” — a long con that the blustery billionaire has perpetrated on the country for 25 years by repeatedly pretending to consider various runs for office, only to bail out after generating hundreds of headlines — finally appears to be on the brink of collapse…
Truth is, as a “plutocrat”, The Donald is small potatoes (and few in the hill, as my Irish granny would say). Genuinely wealthy Montgomery Burnses, men like Mike Bloomberg and Tom Perkins, have displaced him as objects of media-friendly populist ire, and his career as a GOP novelty act has been usurped by more dedicated grifters like Ted Cruz (and local comer Scott ‘Short Time’ Brown). By the time the 2016 primaries really heat up, the free-media competition will be so fierce NBC might have to start paying to advertise his ‘reality’ show.