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Donald Trump for president. Seriously?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took a rather predictable — and not far off the mark — swipe at the potential Republican field for president in 2012 yesterday. “The Republicans don't have a bench,” she said, predicting President Obama's reelection. “They don't even have a team. . . ." And right on cue to prove her point enters Donald Trump.

In an interview with ABC News’s Ashley Banfield, the realityTV star/billionaire, shows that whatever experience he lacks on the national political stage he more than makes up for with unparalleled confidence.

Trump said he is ready to spend $600 million of his own money to run for the Republican nomination.

That's one of the nice things. I mean, part of the beauty of me is that I’m very rich. So if I need $600 million, I can put $600 million myself. That's a huge advantage. I must tell you, that’s a huge advantage over the other candidates.

Speaking of the other candidates, Trump decimated the entire lineup of contenders, except for Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee. It just so happens these two fellas have dabbled in the far right's nether world of conspiracy and paranoia. A world The Donald gleefully waddled into when he declared, “Let me tell you, I’m a really smart guy. I was a really good student at the best school in the country. The reason I have a little doubt — just a little — is because he grew up, and nobody knew him.”

It’s all very entertaining. Trump is known for doing all sorts of things, including making noises about running for public office, for the sole purpose of ginning up publicity for himself. If he runs, it means he’s serious. That he’s getting real attention as a real contender tells me the Republican field is in serious trouble.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.


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