The American public has been trained over the years to applaud celebrities. Even those (Paris Hilton?) known only for being famous.
Donald Trump’s promotion of himself as a (possible) candidate for President is in that mold – he knows how to seek and achieve applause (fame). His rise in the political polls is a symbol of the trivialization of Presidential politics. It is also a symbol of the trend toward celebrity politicians.
And since his chief idea man is someone who once worked in the Obama campaign, I think we know the other reason he is doing this promotion. It’s a two-fer! Not only does he get to promote his TV show, he gets to act as a spoiler, by siphoning off votes of voters disillusioned with their former hero, Obama.
Does anybody know what he stands for? No. All he has are standard complaints and criticisms of the current state of the U.S. economy. Anybody can criticise. He’s bowed toward some people who have wondered about Obama’s legitimacy by raising issues of birth certificate, grades in college, medical records.
But has he given us a glimpse of his core values? His ideas about what actually has gone wrong and how to fix it? IFO doesn’t think so. Like all other business people with no political experience, he’s probably not even thinking about what challenges exist for elected officials. Just as Obama finds it easier to campaign than to govern, Trump finds it easier to get publicity than to think about governing.