Surprised by the hint this morning that Trump might serve as a figurehead for Newt Gingrich’s springboard into the Presidency through the back door?
Don’t be. It’s a strategy that was contemplated on a gubernatorial level years ago by another brash New Yorker. Radio personality Howard Stern commandeered the Libertarian Party in 1994 to win its nomination, boasting that if he were elected he would resign before doing too much damage, allowing his running mate Stan Dworkin to serve as a real politician.
The Washington Post article is nearly a year old, having cautioned last August that Trump’s campaign needed to be taken seriously. More seriously than Howard Stern’s semi-comedic ploy for attention. The climate has changed since Stern’s half-hearted run in 1994, and it really seems these days as if anything can happen in politics.