What did real estate mogul Donald Trump intended his quasi-campaign for presidency to be: promotional tour, con job, a serious independent run? Regardless, he is learning some very painful lessons about what it’s like to come to the table with little more than C-list celebrity and a pocketful of bluster.
His wild-eyed birtherism, juvenile spats with the press, and sub-Charlie Sheen level of self-awareness have been chewed up and spat out by the media, which is now in full-on backlash mode, with no end in sight. Salon’s Alex Pareene expertly captures the state of play:
What was at first a horrible example of the political press’s forced credulity is now an increasingly amusing example of a good old-fashioned pile-on. Politico is mocking him, Bill O’Reilly is mocking him, the New York Daily News put him in clown makeup on the front page, and now media outlets are purposefully printing his snippy letters to the editor, unedited, in order to publicly embarrass him. This kind of thing gets to Mr. Trump. He is a very sensitive soul.
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