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Once again, publicity hound Donald Trump has turned the Republican presidential primary race into a freak show.
And, for reasons that defy logic and political sense, some of the wannabes seeking the GOP nod, are going along with the Donald’s circus.
Even after his publicity-driven flirt with a Presidential run came to a close, Trump continues to command the spotlight. Some GOP candidates disgraced themselves with high-profile meetings with the real estate magnate and reality show host, apparently suffering from some drug-induced illusion that a nod from Trump is somehow worth seeking.
Now Trump is hosting a “debate” in Iowa, partnering with right-wing propaganda rag Newsmax, and hiring former CNN executive and conspiracy promoter Eason Jordan to produce the sideshow. CNN axed Jordan after he accused the American military of running an assassination program that targeted journalists in Iraq.
Trump hiring Jordan is not surprising, given his belief in the lunatic “birther” fantasies about Barack Obama’s citizenship.
What is more surprising, however, is the sad fact that at least two GOP candidates — Rick Santorum and current frontrunner Newt Gingrich — have actually agreed to participate in the so-called “debate.” While one can understand why a backbencher like Santorum jumping at any opportunity, it is a puzzle why Gingrich would endanger his current surge in the polls by joining the freak show.
Call out the guys with the straight jackets and the padded rooms. The inmates have taken over the asylum.