The Race for the Republican Nomination Gets Dumber



Who knows which of the Republican hopefuls will show up at this event (although I doubt any of them would likely snub Newsmax), but if this actually happens, clearly the party has given up on being taken seriously. Why not just have the candidates appear on a very special series of Celebrity Apprentice? If I could see Mitt Romney create a marketing campaign for a videophone, I'd really have a better idea of how he would be as president, I think.

Donald Trump is pairing up with Newsmax, the conservative magazine and news Web site, to moderate a presidential debate in Des Moines on Dec. 27.

“Our readers and the grass roots really love Trump,” said Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media. “They may not agree with
him on everything, but they don’t see him as owned by the Washington establishment, the media establishment.”

Mr. Trump’s role in the debate, which will be broadcast on the cable network Ion Television, is sure to be one of the more memorable moments in a primary season that has already delivered its fair share of circus-like spectacle.


Newsmax sent candidates the invitation on Friday afternoon. It began, “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.” Spokesmen for several candidates did not immediately respond to questions from The New York Times about whether they would accept.

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