By Chuck Hobbs – At what point do we, the people, tire of celebrity political candidates?
This week, former Olympian Carl Lewis announced that he is running for the U. S. Senate in New Jersey. On the right, Donald Trump continues to garner headlines for fueling the “Birther” fanatics–those who believe President Obama to be a foreigner—as he prepares to seek the GOP nomination for president.
In this era in which some celebrities are famous for nothing other than being famous (see-Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Sarah Palin), there is little surprise that Trump views himself as a viable presidential candidate.
We all know that Trump has had success in business as well as in television with his show “The Apprentice.” Perhaps it is true that a Trump presidential run is merely a ploy to increase ratings and his own financial bottom line.
Still, Trump’s name recognition, coupled with the allure that celebrity has on casual political observers— the ones endowed with a right to vote despite the fact that they cannot name the last five presidents if you gave them two hours and an almanac—will make him formidable.