So let us get this straight: Presidential candidates can appear on Jay Leno, David Letterman, “The Daily Show,” “The View,” and even “Saturday Night Live,” but they can’t answer questions from a Republican media mega star whose season finale ratings on NBC eclipse the nightly audiences of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren—combined?
And we wonder why conservatives get tagged as overly stuffy, uncool, and out of touch with popular culture.
Donald Trump is an American icon. Love him or hate him, the man has more name recognition than certainly any GOP candidate (and likely more than all of them combined).
He’s also a ratings magnet precisely because he says what many people think but are too afraid to say.
That’s precisely why he’s the kind of guy who should moderate a debate. Trump will force the candidates out of their boxes and not allow them to dodge questions and spin responses.
For those who question Donald Trump’s seriousness and policy bona fides, they need look no further than his new book, Time to Get Tough. The book, published by HUMAN EVENTS sister company Regnery, will surprise and delight conservatives seeking mountains of conservative red meat served up hot and fresh on a well-researched platter.
If the eventual GOP candidate is to have any hope of defeating Mr. Cool himself, he or she will need to marshal all of the voters an opponent can. That means understanding that most people are not policy wonks. Rather, they go to work, come home, help the kids do their homework, cook dinner, then flick on the tube for an hour to unwind before going to bed to do it all over again. Millions upon millions of those folks enjoy a Donald Trump because he’s smart, funny, has mountains of moxie, and isn’t afraid to stand up and fight for common-sense solutions and approaches. He’s also an extremely successful and resilient businessman, which means he must be onto something, they understand.
The smart GOP candidates seem to get it: They understand that a guy with Donald Trump’s media savvy is an asset, not a liability. We live in a media age where YouTube clips ping around the planet at warp speed hourly. Lest we forget, Bill Clinton played the saxophone on the now defunct “Arsenio Hall Show.” And that was in June 1992, almost two decades ago.
It’s a new media world, and those who don’t make dust, eat dust. That’s why candidates all line up to appear on late-night talk shows hosted by comedians.
Republican candidates would do well to go where the action is, have some fun with a smile, and showcase their abilities to speak to multiple audiences alongside one of America’s most recognized celebrities and businessmen. Certainly the millions of people who vacation at Trump’s numerous resorts, golf clubs and casinos won’t mind.
Nor will the millions upon millions who watch his hit TV series.
After all, they are voters too.
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