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Chan Lowe: The Donald plays the media


It’s hard to dislike Donald Trump because everything he does, from marrying and divorcing women, to operating casinos, to suing Palm Beach International Airport to have the flight path moved away from his house, to starring in his own hit TV show, he does with verve, panache, and unbridled enjoyment.

It’s no different with his quest for the presidency. He’s done it before (and as a cartoonist, I am grateful), and he’ll probably drop out again this time once it becomes more trouble than fun. In the meantime, we get to go along for the ride.

Seeing The Donald spar on the same stage with Michele Bachmann will be like having Christmas in midsummer. There’s no question he’s more interesting to listen to than those two stiffs, Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney. He’s less irritating than the Foghorn Leghorn caricature of a southern pol, Haley Barbour. I’m guessing Sarah Palin will have declined to run.

Because he’s so flamboyant and makes for such compelling video and printed copy, he can play the media like Bach played a pipe organ. We love him. See? I’m even writing about him.

This birther business is insane. He’s too smart not to know that. He’s also crafty enough to ride it as far as he can. More power to him.

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What's flamboyant about Donald J. Trump?

As I look out upon the current field of 2012 candidates I think, "thank god for the right wing nut jobs."

Honestly, there are maybe one or two SOLID Republican candiates out there-- great leaders who probably won't run. One because his son is a rising star in the extreme right and the other-- well being a two-time loser kind of wears on you, ya' know? Then again, he would be president now if would have just picked a better running mate... I mean jeeez...Palin? Bleck.

Anyway-- a moderate is what we need, and until someone more centrist crops up, the centrist is what most moderates will re-elect.

The doggy getting his bone should have been labeled 'Tea Party', Donald Chump is playing them like a fiddle.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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