Inside the Beltway
THUMP THAT TRUMP
One spectacle ends, another always follows on the Republican campaign trail: now let the Trump-bashing begin. Billionaire, reality-TV star, talking head and perennial presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to vex those who say his persistent presence in serious politics could gum up the Grand Old Party. The National Review, for instance, praises White House hopefuls Rep. Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman Jr. for declining to appear at Mr. Trump’s much-ballyhooed presidential debate in Iowa at month’s end.
“Paul deserves credit for declining to step into the clown car - as does Jon Huntsman. But Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich can, at least in this instance, be said to lack the good sense of Paul and Huntsman, as the three have RSVPed in the affirmative,” the publication says in an editorial, insisting that Mr. Gingrich and archrival Mitt Romney risk their reputations “by association with this consummately unserious man.”
The National Review editors continue, “Trump is a tax-hike-supporting, missile-defense-opposing, universal-health-care-advocating, eminent-domain abusing, Schumer-Weiner-Rangel-Reid-donating, long-time-pro-choice economic protectionist who in 2008 called George W. Bush ‘evil’ and lauded president-elect Barack Obama as a potentially ‘great president’ who would ‘lead by consensus.’ The Trump debate is a sideshow.”
“The Republican field has several good candidates in the race - most of whom have come to see me at my office in Trump Tower. The reason they come to see me isn’t just because I am a nice person, but because millions of people listen to what I say and know I ‘get it.’ ” the author observes.
WHAT WOULD BUDDY DO?
“If Buddy Roemer were to get an invitation to attend the Trump debate this month, I believe his reply would be a positive. There’s a lot that Gov. Roemer and Donald Trump are aligned on - particularly China. Both say fair trade, but not free trade,” Chris Buck, spokesman for the Republican presidential hopeful, tells Inside the Beltway.
WHAT WOULD GARY DO?
POMPEO AND CIRCUMSTANCE
“Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and I have repeatedly asked the president to come to Kansas to see the world’s best aviation workforce. It is disappointing, but unsurprising, to see the president come to Kansas only to campaign, ignoring the devastating impact of his relentless attacks against ‘corporate fat cat jet owners’ on the jobs of the finest aircraft manufacturing workers in the world. Mr. President, it’s only a 30-minute flight in a Wichita-built airplane to come visit the Air Capital of the World.”
Rep. Mike Pompeo, Kansas Republican, on President Obama’s visit to Osawatomie, Kan., on Tuesday to deliver a speech on the economy.
They’re not done yet. Multiple hybrids are emerging from the Occupy Wall Street crowd, which has now expanded its repertoire from occupying tent cities and odd wooden structures to sit-down strikes in foreclosed homes. Now begins a classic maneuver: Organizers have begun a hunger strike in Manhattan “to demand outdoor space for a new occupation.”
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