Posted by Joe Garofoli
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mitt Romney joined Rep. Ron Paul Tuesday in just saying no to the Donald Trump/NewsMax sponsored GOP debate. That’s the Dec. 27 one moderated by The Donald. Afterwards he plans to endorse his favorite. You know, just like what happens on “The Apprentice” or the Miss USA pageant — both Trump properties.

And that sort of reality TV is just a bit beyond reality says Paul mouthpiece Jesse Benton:

“The selection of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath the office of the presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity.”

Well, let’s not get carried away with all that “dignity” stuff — (cough, Clinton and Lewinsky, cough) — but the reality TV show host stuff is ticking a lot of Republicans off. Like Karl “Bush’s Brain” Rove.

Rove is strongly advising GOP candidates not to show up. “It’s going to be a giant ego trip,” for Trump, Rove said. How can a guy endorse someone for president — and at the same time say that he could possibly run for president some time next year. Like if NBC doesn’t renew “The Apprentice.” Remember when The Donald worked that same maybe-I-will game earlier this year?

Rove goes hard at Trump,saying he’s trivializing the process. He notes that when Trump was “running” for President, he didn’t fill out his Form 278, which every candidate does. That’s the one that requires candidates to list their assets and liabilities. Good point. Until The Donald does that, he’s not a serious candidate.

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