I guess I never thought of it that way

Donald Trump is flirting with the idea of running for president, but as with most men in late middle age sporting a bad comb-over, his flirting isn’t likely to get him very far. Nonetheless, The Donald is apparently serious enough about running as a Republican that he has announced a change of heart. Once pro-choice, he is now pro-life.

His special counsel, Michael Cohen, explained it this way:

“People change their positions all the time, the way they change their wives.’’

As he told Fox News, “I believe strongly in just about all conservative principles. I’m pro-life. I think that’s a big social issue.’’

The man has caught onto this political game pretty quickly, it seems.

– Jay Bookman

106 comments Add your comment

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
7:06 am

no, no, no, Jay … they misunderstood …

he’s pro-WIFE …

after all, he’s on his third

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
7:07 am

btw … give Luckovich a biscuit – today’s cartoon is BRILLIANT

Paul

February 17th, 2011
7:08 am

Enter your comments here

Paul

February 17th, 2011
7:09 am

““People change their positions all the time, the way they change their wives.’’

How to announce your candidacy and your defeat at the same time.

Mornin’, USinUK

You think maybe he coulda’ kept a wife if he would’ve changed positions?

Too early?

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
7:13 am

Paul – “How to announce your candidacy and your defeat at the same time.”

as if there weren’t 1,000 reasons already – for that comment, alone, I could kiss you.

” if he would’ve changed positions?”

too early? but I thought mornings were guys’ favorite time! (or does that cross the line?)

Paul

February 17th, 2011
7:15 am

USinUK

There are lines?!!?

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
7:15 am

Paul – yep – waaaaayyyyyy back in the distance behind us

Ragnar Danneskjöld

February 17th, 2011
7:16 am

Good morning all. You will note that we conservatives never complain about flip-floppers who flip to our view. I presume that is true of leftists too.

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
7:17 am

Ragnar – I think both sides view it as “seeing the light” ;-)

Paul

February 17th, 2011
7:21 am

Ever since he got that tv show, he does like being an entertainer.

Lessee…. how many variation of “the voters are looking forward to saying “You’re Fired!” will we see today?

Del

February 17th, 2011
7:25 am

Ragnar, you presume correctly. Kind of like ‘I was for it, before I was against it.”

Mick

February 17th, 2011
7:26 am

Trump is not as smart as he thinks he is, the bottom line is see Ross Perot. The money will only take you so far. Now, if he were to run for governor of florida – cakewalk…

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
7:26 am

Del – and “read my lips”

PinkoNeoConLibertarian

February 17th, 2011
7:31 am

Might as well elect him and finish the abdication of government to big business.

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
7:32 am

Paul – to pick up on the theme discussed earlier this week … I don’t think Trump’s hair is very presidential …

although, it is built to withstand Marine One.

Del

February 17th, 2011
7:33 am

USinUK, Yep…politicians will be politicians regardless of what colors they wear.

Mick

February 17th, 2011
7:34 am

Paul

February 17th, 2011
7:39 am

Mick

I’ve thought for a long time is rather nutty to have our marginal rates banded so close within an income range of $0-@$375k.

So the person making $375K a year has the same rate as the person making $50 million a year?

Doesn’t make our progressive tax system seem so progressive, more regressive.

Regardless of Reich’s rates or amounts, I think the concept of expanding the zones at the lower end and adding several zones in increments, along with higher marginal rates, has merit.

Off for a bit -

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
7:51 am

del – true, that!

Paul – “So the person making $375K a year has the same rate as the person making $50 million a year?”

reason # 87 of why the whole system needs an overhaul

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
7:54 am

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 17th, 2011
7:54 am

Well, I won’t vote for this Donald Trump if he runs. He’ll fire his whole cabinet every month or so. People will be moving in and out and nothing will get done.

I read where they arrested this 68-year-old guy for rape down in Atlanta. Wonders never cease. Kind of reminds me of the story of the 85-year-old man that went in to get a checkup and told the doc he was going to marry a 22-year-old woman. The doc looked at him real serious and says, “I must warn you. This could be fatal.” The geezer shot back, “Well, Doc, if she dies, she dies.”

Have a good day everybody.

Joel Edge

February 17th, 2011
7:54 am

Trump? Not a chance.

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
7:58 am

and, speaking of spineless politicians, Haley Barbour is giving slugs a run for their money, “The governor however did not denounce the proposal, as he said: “I know there’s not a chance it’ll become law.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8329195/Mississippi-governor-refuses-to-denounce-proposal-to-honour-former-Ku-Klux-Klan-leader.html

Mick

February 17th, 2011
8:06 am

usinuk

Are the politics trending as badly over there as in the US? Rick scott our very green governor just cancelled a bullet train that was 100% paid for by the fed and private sector – he’s nuts…same as the gov in new jersey who cancelled a tunnel project into NY….talk about job killers, who votes for these people?

@@

February 17th, 2011
8:08 am

jay fluffed.

Vinny

February 17th, 2011
8:11 am

“If liberals were merely stupid, the laws of probability would dictate that at least some of their decisions would serve America’s interests”….

Joseph McCarthy

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
8:12 am

Mick – you mean as far as cuts go? I’d say they’re trending worse here – the Con/Lib gummint presented their cuts last year (about 5 months or so ago) – they’re starting to bite now and people are starting to see services being cut, etc.

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
8:13 am

vinny – joe mccarthy?

seriously?

why not just quote the head of the Stasi while you’re at it?

Granny Godzilla

February 17th, 2011
8:15 am

I demand to see the birth certificate of whatever that is on top of his head.

Lil' Barry Bailout

February 17th, 2011
8:17 am

I bet The Donald at least understands that a budget with a deficit over a trillion dollars isn’t a balanced budget. Your Idiot Messiah claims the budget will be balanced in two years, but when you look at the document, it ain’t so.

Idiot Messiah: Liar.

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
8:17 am

GG – :lol:

I think even Jim from Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom would think twice about wrestling that!

Mick

February 17th, 2011
8:17 am

usinuk

Well, when joe mccarthy gets brought into the conversation in 2011, its time to go to the beach…have a great day

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
8:18 am

LBB – “I bet The Donald at least understands that a budget with a deficit over a trillion dollars isn’t a balanced budget”

given the number of times Trump has declared bankruptcy, I’ll take your bet

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
8:18 am

Mick – don’t forget the sunscreen! it’s the only skin you got!

Lil' Barry Bailout

February 17th, 2011
8:18 am

‘Scuse me, the Idiot Messiah claimed the budget would be balanced by mid-decade.

Idiot Messiah: Liar.

Tommy Maddox

February 17th, 2011
8:19 am

He’s just getting some face time on TV. Plus, he gets to throw a little light on Obama too which is enjoyable.

Dave R.

February 17th, 2011
8:22 am

Don’t know why you balk at quotes from Joe McCarthy, USinUK. It’s not as if you libs don’t go around quoting Karl Marx on a regular basis, even if you don’t attribute your comments to him.

Granny Godzilla

February 17th, 2011
8:22 am

USinUK

but I bet Joan Embrey could take it down.

@@

February 17th, 2011
8:25 am

Oh look, jay! Our team has Donald…your team has Justin Bieber.

Asked if he wanted to become an American citizen, Bieber made clear his love for Canada — and its health care system.

“You guys are evil,” he told the magazine, out on February 18th.

“Canada’s the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills

But while the point is moot because he doesn’t plan to vote in the United States, his health care stance and chumminess with the President don’t necessarily make him a sideline supporter of the Democratic party.

“I’m not sure about the parties,” he said. “But whatever they have in Korea???, that’s bad.”

schnirt

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
8:26 am

Dave :lol: – dude. seriously????

Groucho Marx, yes.

Karl Marx, no.

but thanks for the chuckle at your lame-ity

Mick

February 17th, 2011
8:26 am

Got the sunscreen but before I go…..dave r is that kind of like all the nazi’s and fascists you adore even if you don’t attribute your comments to them?

Lil' Barry Bailout

February 17th, 2011
8:26 am

Yes, and Trump lives in the reality-based world, where you don’t get to print more money so you can run a $1.5 trillion deficit every year and then lie about how it’s in balance.

Idiot Messiah: Liar, or incompetent. You tell me.

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get out much?

February 17th, 2011
8:30 am

Maybe Newt can use that line the next time he has a change of heart.

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
8:32 am

it looks like someone doesn’t understand that the Fed isn’t controlled by the WH, regardless of who sits behind the desk in the Oval.

people who have absolutely no idea how the gummint works would amuse me if only they weren’t allowed to vote …

Dave R.

February 17th, 2011
8:32 am

“Karl Marx, no.

but thanks for the chuckle at your lame-ity”

Yeah, like you’ve never supported redistrbuting wealth or progessive income taxes, right?

Dave R.

February 17th, 2011
8:33 am

“dave r is that kind of like all the nazi’s and fascists you adore even if you don’t attribute your comments to them?”

Calling BS on Mick (as usual). Find ANYTHING I’ve ever written that confroms to Nazi or Fascist thought.

The silence will be deafening.

@@

February 17th, 2011
8:33 am

I wonder if “The Bieber” knows Korea claims a government run health care system. It SUX, but have one they do.

Lil' Barry Bailout

February 17th, 2011
8:34 am

All those trillions the Idiot Messiah is spending, that we don’t have, are coming from somewhere. Looks like someone doesn’t understand how global capital markets work.

Lord Help Us

February 17th, 2011
8:34 am

‘you’ve never supported redistrbuting wealth or progessive income taxes, right?’

How many politicians have you voted for that have taken any actions against these items? Please name them for my amusement…

carlosgvv

February 17th, 2011
8:36 am

Just another example of people saying whatever they think it takes to get elected. Truth, of course, is optional.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

February 17th, 2011
8:36 am

Does Donald realize that he just can’t file for bankruptcy and start a new country with a different name???

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
8:39 am

dave – you might want to look up what adam smith had to say about the progressive income tax …

but, since I know you won’t, here:

“It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.”

(I’m assuming you know who Adam Smith is, don’t you???)

kayaker 71

February 17th, 2011
8:40 am

Our GDP almost matches our debt. GDP at about 14 trillion…… debt projected at about 15.5 trillion by the end of Bozo’s term. Presently paying over 230B just in interest payments/yr on the debt. Projected to be 600-700B by 2015. Think that this is sustainable?

Lord Help Us

February 17th, 2011
8:42 am

‘Think that this is sustainable?’

Hasn’t been for a long time…we probably need to cut a lot of spending (including entitlements and Pentagon) and raise tax rates to even begin to get back toward a balanced budget.

do you agree?

Lil' Barry Bailout

February 17th, 2011
8:43 am

The Idiot Messiah thinks it’s sustainable–in fact, it is his proposal.

Time for the adults to step in.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

February 17th, 2011
8:43 am

USinner

Got to check out that video. That is pure amazing!!!!! It’s locked into my favs now.

Lil' Barry Bailout

February 17th, 2011
8:44 am

We don’t have a structural revenue problem. All the big structural problems are on the spending side.

So no, I do not agree.

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
8:45 am

SoCo – :-) I knew you’d love it –

like I said, whenever it’s aired, I always think of you, “I am the traveleeeerrrrrrrrr” (even though that should be “I am the border patroooooolllllll”)

Bruno

February 17th, 2011
8:46 am

SC–I’m heading up the investigation of a number of dead oak trees. Exactly where were you on the night of February 10?? Have you made any unusually large purchases of herbicide in the past 2 months??

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
8:46 am

“Time for the adults to step in.”

Ba-HA … like the “adults” that stepped in back in 2001 and started spending $$$ like drunken sailors on shore leave ???

those “adults”????

:roll:

jeebus wept

Lord Help Us

February 17th, 2011
8:46 am

‘So no, I do not agree.’

and

‘Time for the adults to step in.’

Guess you are not an adult…

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
8:47 am

BDOG!!! hey sweetie!

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

February 17th, 2011
8:49 am

USinner

If it were us singing here at Hartsfield, I think this would have been the first song….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4MRmEPNUxY

Bruno

If it involves trees, I had nothing to do with it. If it involves paper targets, I’m not talking until I see my lawyer. :)

Bruno

February 17th, 2011
8:49 am

Hey, USinUK–Are you keeping everyone straight on the day crew?? The night crew has been getting out of hand lately.

Lil' Barry Bailout

February 17th, 2011
8:50 am

Only one president has proposed trillion dollar deficits–your Idiot Messiah.

Time for the adults to step in.

Lord Help Us

February 17th, 2011
8:51 am

‘Only one president has proposed trillion dollar deficits–your Idiot Messiah.’

Were GWB and his GOP majority adults?

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
8:53 am

Bruno – I sifted through the rubbish when I got online yesterday morning … then I washed my hands. The night crew is a bit nutty.

btw – this is the video SoCo and I are talking about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB3NPNM4xgo

SoCo – :lol: now, THAT would be funny!

kayaker 71

February 17th, 2011
8:53 am

Lord Help Us,

Yes, I do agree. One of the most sensible You Tube videos that I have seen in the last 10 yrs was a video of Chris Christie berating a teacher from the NJ Teachers Union about the union’s stubborn attempt at sustaining a system that just cannot endure. Christie insists that he will not run for the WH until at least 2016. By that time, it may be too late.

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
8:54 am

LBB – “Only one president has proposed trillion dollar deficits–your Idiot Messiah.”

glad to see you woke up from the coma you were evidently in between 2000 and 2006 …. how difficult that must have been for you

Bruno

February 17th, 2011
8:54 am

If it involves trees, I had nothing to do with it.

Ok, you’re dismissed for now, but we may have to talk with you at a later time. Just so you know, Matti will be the jury foreman and she’s threatening an herbicide enema for the perp.

Lil' Barry Bailout

February 17th, 2011
8:54 am

Keep focusing on the past, like your Idiot Messiah with his Bush-hatred. That way, you won’t be focusing on the future and the disaster Obozo is bringing on.

Lord Help Us

February 17th, 2011
8:55 am

k71, I like Christ Christie. He is one of a very few on the GOP side that I would consider voting for over Obama in ‘12. As long as he doesn’t pick some goober from Alaska as his running mate…

Lord Help Us

February 17th, 2011
8:57 am

‘Keep focusing on the past’

Ahh, Grasshopper…those who forget the past are destined to repeat it…

Looking at the current crop in the Congress, they look like the same non-adults that were complicit in turning surpluses into deficits in the early 2000’s…

kayaker 71

February 17th, 2011
8:58 am

Lord Help Us,

How about David Patraeus as his veep? We’ll just keep that Alaskan goober on the campaign trail raising money. She may not be as much of a goober as you might think….. but no, she isn’t ready for prime time.

jm

February 17th, 2011
8:59 am

The Donald….

Lil' Barry Bailout

February 17th, 2011
9:00 am

Really? Which branch of government is taking action on Obozo’s fiscal disaster as manifested in his latest budget? Where are your Idiot Messiah’s cuts?

Lil' Barry Bailout

February 17th, 2011
9:01 am

Republicans are working toward $100 billion in cuts…not nearly enough, but a start.

Where are the Idiot Messiah’s cuts?

Lord Help Us

February 17th, 2011
9:01 am

Patreaus is cool, as is Bloomberg, Hagel, Colin Powell and a few others that escape me at the moment…

None of which, btw, have an icecubes chance in Hades of navigating the forthcoming Tea-Party driven primaries, unfortunately…

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
9:02 am

Bruno – 8:54 – talk about letting the punishment fit the crime – that’s PERFECT! I mean, it takes a special kind of wanker to kill trees

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

February 17th, 2011
9:02 am

BBL….. Y’all play nice while I”m gone.

Lil' Barry Bailout

February 17th, 2011
9:03 am

Petraeus seems like he would be acceptable to the Tea Party, but no, someone with so little on the ball that he would endorse your Idiot Messiah is clearly unqualified.

Lord Help Us

February 17th, 2011
9:06 am

’someone with so little on the ball that he would endorse your Idiot Messiah is clearly unqualified.’

Exactamundo, it will take a cretin to pass muster with the Tea Party folk. And that candidate will have no chance in the election. Not good for anyone…

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
9:07 am

“it will take a cretin to pass muster with the Tea Party folk”

talk about a man of the people.

Lil' Barry Bailout

February 17th, 2011
9:11 am

Powell should admit his mistake, switch to the Democrat party, and run against his Idiot Messiah in 2012.

kayaker 71

February 17th, 2011
9:15 am

Liberals spend 800B on a stimulus that did absolutely nothing and then complain when Repubs want to cut 100B from this bloated budget. Everyone agrees that something has to go. Discretionary spending is a place to start but the main cuts have to be in SS and Medicare and the Defense Budget. A few suggestions…..

Revise the tax code so that everyone pays at least something.

Reduce medicare benefits to all those making over 100K/yr.

Bring all of our troops home from Japan, Europe, Iraq, and some from Korea. Station at least a division of them on our Southern borders and seal the border shut.

Seriously cut Ag subsidies for all but the most needed protections to support our farmers.

Make serious cuts in the budgets of the FCC, the NEA, the Depts of Energy and numerous others that have ballooned out of reality.

Raise the retirement age for SS eligibility to 68 to begin with, then to 70. Make SS payments voluntary on the part of the wage earner or put them in charge of how their contributions are invested.

Repeal the Medicare drug program passed during the Bush years.

Reduce spending to 2008 levels across the board. Just doing this will save a couple of trillion alone if not seriously reduce our debt.

Make union membership in any union voluntary and by secret ballot.

This will do for starters. Anyone else?

Lord Help Us

February 17th, 2011
9:16 am

‘Powell should admit his mistake, switch to the Democrat party, and run against his Idiot Messiah in 2012.’

Well, LBB, who do you want to see win the GOP primary?

Remember…he/she will have to appeal to this bunch and then to quite a few moderate voters:

http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2011/02/08/in-iowa-a-glimpse-into-the-mindset-of-gop-voters/

USinUK

February 17th, 2011
9:16 am

LBB – you don’t read the news much, do you???

or has the whole Colin Powell / Curveball story not gotten much play over there?

Mr. Snarky

February 17th, 2011
9:16 am

Go Donald! Is this his next reality TV venture?

Lord Help Us

February 17th, 2011
9:17 am

’stimulus that did absolutely nothing’

Dude, I stopped reading right there…regardless of your ideology, that statement is demonstrably false.

kayaker 71

February 17th, 2011
9:21 am

Lord Help Us,

What did the stimulus accomplish? Be specific.

Haywood Jablome

February 17th, 2011
9:23 am

no, no, no, Jay … they misunderstood …he’s pro-WIFE …

Well played, UK.

harvey

February 17th, 2011
9:24 am

About Trump being an entertainer–at least he earned the stones to produce his own program. Obama just travels around the country entertaining his slobbering masses, that is, when he isn’t on vacation. I wonder how the clocked hours in the office compare to the travel and speechifying time for him. He is the least presidential president I remember.

Haywood Jablome

February 17th, 2011
9:27 am

Redneck gives us: I read where they arrested this 68-year-old guy for rape down in Atlanta. Wonders never cease.

Rape – not a really good topic for making a ironic quip, pal.

Dave R.

February 17th, 2011
9:27 am

“How many politicians have you voted for that have taken any actions against these items? Please name them for my amusement…”

Very few, but since I don’t usually vote for the “establishment” candidates, it really doesn’t matter, does it?

TaxPayer

February 17th, 2011
9:29 am

Uh Oh! It looks like that Republican promise to get right to work on jobs must have been misunderstood. The Republicans should have been more clear about their plans to get rid of all those private sector jobs.

Haywood Jablome

February 17th, 2011
9:29 am

What did the stimulus accomplish?

Added a full point to ‘09 and ’10’s GDP. That specific enough Mr. Know-it-all.

TaxPayer

February 17th, 2011
9:33 am

When are the Republicans going to reveal their latest graph of the Laffer Curve and show us how big a tax cut they will need to give us to get rid of the deficit. We need our deficit-eliminating Laffer NOW! What are they waiting for. It’s not like they have not had enough time to do something productive.

Lord Help Us

February 17th, 2011
9:37 am

k71,

Google is jammed full of information that negates your statement. Here is the first one that cropped up:

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2022781,00.html

There are tons more of all persuasions, but to make that statement that, ‘the stimulus did absolutely nothing,’ is patently false.

You may disagree on whether the good outweighed that bad, but it appears you have partisan prism…

Lord Help Us

February 17th, 2011
9:39 am

‘Very few, but since I don’t usually vote for the “establishment” candidates, it really doesn’t matter, does it?’

Nope, just shows you’re all hat and no cattle…