Thursday, June 18, 2015

Is Donald Trump really...

...any less of a credible candidate for president than Carly Fiorina or Ben Carson?

Let's face it, whatever you think of Trump, he's certainly been more successful in business than Ms. Fiorina. (Forbes estimates his net worth at about $4 billion.) And success in business is supposed to be her whole reason for running. The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard only campaigned for public office once before -- the United States Senate -- and lost. As for her alleged "success in business," Ms. Fiorina presided over a 50 percent drop in the value of H-P's stock before she was fired. And this woman is somehow more qualified to be president than the Donald?

As for Dr. Carson, he's a highly intelligent surgeon who has never even run for elective office. But Carson is also a veritable gaffe machine who delivers his outrageous statements in more measured tones than Mr. Trump. So why does the right-wing media have so little trouble seeing him in the Oval Office but not the New York real estate tycoon?

I read that Fox News and CNN may tweak the debate rules to exclude Donald Trump. That's fine, I get it: Trump is not a serious candidate. But is Fiorina or Carson? Sorry, but I just don't see it.

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