Trump-o-Rama continued to suck up oxygen with its whirlwind media tour on Tuesday morning, with a "Good Morning America" interview and conservative columnists David Brooks (in the New York Times) Jonah Goldberg (in the Los Angeles Times) both weighing in on his faux candidacy.
Brooks, as he so often does, tries to psychoanalyze the current Republican fascination with Donald Trump, concluding that America is enamored with rich, outspoken and colorful blowhards. Like many other conservatives — Fox News' Karl Rove among them — Goldberg (a rabid partisan seldom burdened by such deep thoughts) simply dismisses him.
But the real fear in GOP circles is that Trump will refuse to be dismissed, and even with Sarah Palin receding into the wilderness, a reality TV star will still draw attention away from its presumed stable of "serious" nominees.
Clearly, there's more at work here from Trump's perspective than just wanting to promote "Celebrity Apprentice." Trump has a swaggering ego and he's addicted to the spotlight — so much so, apparently, that he'll say pretty much anything, no matter how outlandish, to command people's attention. And like any loud and shiny object, the media are currently addicted to him.
What we really need is a distraction. Paging Charlie Sheen.