Donald Trump mulls super PAC. What's next – VP?
You knew this was coming: Trump in an interview said that he should be Mitt Romney’s choice as a running mate. He was kidding. We think.
Mogul/reality-show host Donald Trump is thinking of starting his own super PAC. That’s what he told the conservative media organization Newsmax, anyway. In a lengthy interview with former Congressman John LeBoutillier, Mr. Trump – a Mitt Romney supporter – said that some unnamed people have approached him about starting such an independent political funding organization and that he might do just that.Skip to next paragraph
Peter Grier is The Christian Science Monitor's Washington editor. In this capacity, he helps direct coverage for the paper on most news events in the nation's capital.
How did John Boehner's opponent get his campaign ad to go viral? Humor. (+video)
GOP wants 'kissing congressman' Vance McAllister out. Is he toast?
Stephen Colbert replaces David Letterman: How political will 'Late Show' be? (+video)
Maine Sen. Angus King says he might flip to GOP. Would they take him? (+video)
'Kissing congressman' won't ask for FBI probe of video leak. Wise move? (+video)
Subscribe Today to the Monitor
Why? Partly because he thinks the quality of some pro-Romney ads is not high.
“There was a recent [anti-Obama] commercial done where they made him look like a superhero. I’m saying, who made this commercial? I thought it was one of the worst commercials I’ve ever seen,” Trump told Newsmax.
Trump also said he “would certainly consider it” if asked to give the keynote speech at the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., in August. Plus – and you knew this was coming – Trump said that he, The Donald, should be Romney’s choice as a running mate.
He was kidding. We think. Asked about the VP slot, he ticked off Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and some other names and then said, “Probably the best choice of all would be Donald Trump.”
Newsmax noted that he was smiling as he said it.
Anyway, we’re more than glad that Trump is mulling a return to more active involvement in the 2012 campaign. The political world has been duller since he pulled back. Also more coherent, but that’s another story.
That said, here’s our prediction as to how this particular arc in Trump’s storied career will play out:
1. Trump forms a super political-action committee and then holds a naming contest. He specifies that all entries must contain the word “stupendous” and cannot be written on computers made in China, because, in his (actual) words, “they think we're stupid.”
2. Trump’s “Stupendous Priorities for American Glory” super PAC gets in an ad war with Stephen Colbert’s “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow” super PAC. Trump agrees to appear on Mr. Colbert’s show and settle the matter via a trivia contest about the Founding Fathers. Ratings rise for Colbert and Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” which was the point of the whole feud anyway.
3. Trump continues to mention himself as the best choice for VP, with less apparent irony as the campaign goes on. He agrees with a number of interviewers that he would be the best possible secretary of State/Treasury/Defense/Agriculture/Education/Health and Human Services and so forth, but he says he’s making too much money to leave the private sector.
4. Trump’s continued assertion that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and, as a youth, was a pothead who did not really deserve to get into either Columbia or Harvard becomes a distraction for the Romney campaign. Tagg Romney is dispensed to get Trump to zip it, but he can’t get past the doorman at Trump Towers.
5. Trump, denied a role in Tampa, says the GOP campaign would be going better if Rep. Michele Bachmann had won.
IN PICTURES: The Donald who would be king