Michele Bachmann dissed Donald Trump the other day. You can’t say he didn’t have it coming either. You remember his Newsmax-sponsored debate coming up on ION, don’t you? Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman had both immediately signaled that they would not attend as it was beneath the dignity of the office. Trump said fine, they’re joke candidates anyway. Santorum said he’d be there. But Michele Bachmann now says she won’t show, telling Alice Stewart on ABC on Thursday, “We have confirmed that we are not participating.”
She is the fifth GOP candidate to say so, and Trump is feeling the betrayed mafioso. That leaves only Santorum and Trump-favorite Newt Gingrich. She didn’t say why she wasn’t going to attend; the two have been cozy up until now, leaving Trump to fume about loyalty. He was surprised Romney turned down his invitation, but he is positively furious at Bachmann. This is what he had to say to Don Imus on FOX:
“You know who I’m very disappointed in? Michele Bachmann. She’s come up to see me four times. Four times. She’d call me, she’d ask me for advice, she said I should be her Vice Presidential… you know… if she wins, she’d like to think about me for the Vice Presidency, all of these things,” Trump said. “And then after all of that, she announced she’s not going to do the debate. It’s unbelievable. You know, it’s called loyalty. It’s actually called loyalty. How do you do that? You know, it’s amazing to me.”
Watch the video from Mediaite:
Seeming determined to stress the debate’s legitimacy as part of the political process, Newsmax is quick to name-drop its supporters:
Several major conservative groups and leaders have endorsed the debate vocally throughout the week, including:
* Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
* Sean Hannity of Fox News
* Former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin
* Ralph Reed, Faith and Freedom Coalition
* Tea Party Express
* Political analyst and columnist Dick Morris
* Jeffrey Lord, former Reagan aide
* Al Cardenas, American Conservative Union
* Iowa Rep. Steve King
* The Institute for Liberty
The Tea Party Express became a sponsor Thursday, and urged candidates to attend.
That’s quite a murderer’s row of wackos, including especially Hannity, who says it was George W. Bush who killed Osama bin Laden.
So the highly touted Trump debate has imploded. But never fear. Stephen Colbert is Johnny on the Spot with a debate of his own: the “Stephen Colbert’s South Carolina Serious, Classy Republican Debate” on Animal Planet in January.
Watch the video from the Colbert Report on Comedy Central:
“I am sick and tired of media elites criticizing the GOP presidential field saying they made millions as unregistered lobbyists or they killed coyotes when jogging or said watching Lion King will make your kids gay.”
“The next Republican debate is going to be super serious,” Colbert tells us, introducing the Trump debate before tearing Trump’s command of the English language to pieces (he later goes after his appearance).
Colbert ends up agreeing with my earlier analysis of Trump’s intentions: “Clearly, clearly, Trump wants to be the new Republican kingmaker.” Calling himself the most famous man in the history of South Carolina he says,
“As of this moment, I am officially announcing my own Republican debate, Stephen Colbert’s South Carolina Serious, Classy Republican Debate. I am doing this. You hear that Donald, you hear that? People are excited. Everybody is excited about that…I am doing this, it is set, it is going to be on Animal Planet in January…Every serious candidate is invited. They know who they are. They have my phone number.”
Let’s face it, funny as a Trump-hosted debate might have been (probably a fact even GOP candidates were quick to recognize), a Colbert debate would be even funnier, and probably far more informative.