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article imageOp-Ed: Donald Trump gets set to moderate GOP debate

By Lynn Herrmann     Dec 2, 2011 in Politics
Washington - Reality TV has taken an inkling to big-time politics with the announcement of Donald Trump being the moderator for a GOP presidential debate scheduled for Dec. 27 in Des Moines, IA, with another candidate facing the distinct possibility of implosion.
Newsmax, the right-leaning magazine and Web site has announced Trump will moderate the debate and although it has sent invitations to the candidates, it is unclear at this time how many will accept.
“Our readers and the grass roots really love Trump,” said Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media, the New York Times reports. “They may not agree with him on everything, but they don’t see him as owned by the Washington establishment, the media establishment.”
The debate, if it happens, could end up being one of the highest rated presidential candidate debates of all time, for what that’s worth.
As the Times notes, Trump earlier this year considered being president himself, but then realized, no doubt, politics is indeed a dirty game, a game where skeletons in the closet get the bright light treatment, an arena no very, very, rich white boy should enter.
The Times notes barackstar has compared Trump to a “carnival barker,” based on Trump’s early assertions this year the president was a foreigner who should not be president. While Trump is accurate on the last part, the president eventually proved he was a legal alien.
According to the Times, Newsmax sent invitations out to the candidates Friday afternoon, with the beginning, “We are pleased to cordially invite you to “The Newsmax Ion Television 2012 Presidential Debate,” moderated by a truly great American, Mr. Donald J. Trump.”
Oh great. America. The great laughingstock. All hype. No substance.
With Herman Cain a goner and Michele Bachmann a no-brainer, where could the media turn for spicing up the political arena?
Newsmax, it should be noted, is considered a strong player with Web traffic trailing only Fox News among the conservative crowd. Yes, that Fox News, the one leaving viewers knowing less.
The real question, and it’s likely millions will tune in to find the answer, is who will have the better ‘do, Trump or Rick Perry?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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