Donald Trump released a statement, the morning of the NBC upfronts which included his Celebrity Apprentice on the fall schedule, that he would not run for President, even though he totally could have won and whipped you slobs into shape:
After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.
This is really good news for some white guy. And when I say “some white guy,” I don’t mean RedState’s Erick Erickson, who scheduled an epic one-on-one interview with Trump which is now effectively meaningless, as if it wasn’t before.
I’m sure Trump got out of this flirtation what he wanted: a way to get on cable news networks and major newspapers every day for two months. No such thing as bad publicity to the Donald, or taste or acting like a racist, apparently.
So let’s look briefly at which white guy could benefit from this winnowing of the Republican field. With Trump and Mike Huckabee out of the race, the field is almost entirely set:
Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty are seen as the “viable” candidates. Jon Huntsman is somewhere in a “his last job was working for Barack Obama” moderate netherworld. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, Herman Cain, Buddy Roemer, Fred Karger and Judge Roy Moore are not. There are only a few wild-cards left: Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin (social conservative women) and Mitch Daniels (fiscal conservative Village dream candidate).
This looks to me like that part of “Brewster’s Millions” where “None of the Above” almost wins the election. And yet, somebody has to win, theoretically.