How can you satirize someone who does it himself every day?
Today’s Trumpery is a letter to the New York Times attacking columnist Gail Collins, which malicious pencil pushers there have left unedited: “Her storytelling ability and word usage (coming from me, who has written many bestsellers), is not at a very high level.”
Collins responds evenly, noting, “I once got an aggrieved message from him in which he misspelled the word ‘too.’”
Literacy aside, the issue is Trump’s embrace of the “Birthers” in his phantom pursuit of the Presidency, undeclared so far in order to protect his network exposure on “The Apprentice,” even as polls begin to show him being taken seriously by potential Republican primary voters.
“More power to him,” says another undeclared TV candidate, Sarah Palin, about Trump’s “investigation” of Barack Obama’s Hawaiian birth, while attempting to stay “credible, rational and moderate” on what she calls a “perplexing” issue.
In this pre-2012 jockeying, credible, rational and moderate are long gone in the rear-view mirror as the self-promoting Empty Suit of all time completely erases the line between politics and buffoonery to make Ronald Reagan’s Hollywood background look like Jeffersonian scholarship.
For a small taste of what his candidacy would do to American society, roll out the recent Comedy Central roast.