Every presidential campaign has its sideshows, diversions that fill the dead time between primaries, conventions and other meaningful events. Like nature, the political press corps abhors a vacuum.
Rick Santorum’s kinda, sorta endorsement of Mitt Romney ended the speculation over when and whether he would embrace his old nemesis, which had lasted a few fun weeks. The vice presidential handicapping — or “veepstakes,” as some insist on calling it — continues to run rampant, unchecked by reason or the utter uninterest of voters more focused on say, picking up charcoal for the long weekend than whether Bobby Jindal ‘s stock has risen or fallen.
But even that starts to get old.
So who better to enliven this dull period than Donald J. Trump, developer, financier, entrepreneur, raconteur, television luminary, men’s clothing impresario, would-be presidential candidate, Romney surrogate – the list goes on – and a man who could teach P.T. Barnum a thing or two about self-promotion.
The Romney campaign announced this week that the GOP nominee-to-be will appear next week in Las Vegas alongside Trump and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, another erstwhile campaign foe. (Presumably, the event will last longer and involve more Romney-Trump interaction than the last time the two appeared at Trump's hotel overlooking the Strip, an endorsement session most notable for its brevity and sense that Ann Romney would be ill at any moment.)