Only Fox News could a candidate who quit be labeled the most successful GOP candidate of 2012, but this is exactly what Fox said about Donald Trump.
Here is the video from Media Matters:
Chris Stirewalt Fox News’ digital politics editor had this to say about Donald Trump’s aborted fake candidacy, “We have to say that so far Donald Trump has been the most successful candidate for the 2012 cycle. He created a huge buzz for his television show. He got lots and lots of interest. He made the president show off his long form birth certificate. He did all of these things and now he can go back and hang out with Lil’ Jon, and everybody else and have his TV show finale. So he’s been a huge success.”
What does it say about the 2012 GOP field that it’s most successful candidate is one that was never really running in the first place? I don’t understand how Donald Trump can be considered successful by any measure when he never actually officially became a candidate.
Fox News is saying that Trump has been more successful than Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich. You know after I looked at that list of names, I kind of see their point. When the most successful candidate is one who never actually declared his candidacy, your political party has got some major issues to work through.
FNC hopped on board Trump’s fantasy candidate express, and now they are trying to redefine success. Trump actually hurt the Republican Party by taking weeks’ worth of attention away from the serious candidates. He made the GOP look like a bunch of racists with his birth certificate and college transcripts nonsense. Donald Trump’s fake candidacy and the network that pushed it were a disaster for the Republican Party.
If Donald Trump is the most successful candidate of 2012, then things are not looking good for the GOP.