Donald Trump is now playing the part of a conservative Republican—and birther extraordinaire—but the attention-loving tycoon has previously flirted with the Democrats and might well be declaring his support "for the Alaskan Independence Party or the Whigs" in 2016, writes Gail Collins at the New York Times. As you may have guessed, she is no fan of Trump, and the feeling appears to be mutual—he once sent her a copy of her column with her photo circled and "The Face of a Dog!" written on it after she dared to refer to him as "financially embattled," she writes.
Trump's Celebrity Apprentice is a perfect reflection of both the man himself—"an orgy of product-placement and personal aggrandizement"—and the current Republican presidential campaign, with its "endless blathering" and "strange contenders who did something vaguely notable in 1986," Collins decides. Trump, with his focus on birth certificates, has managed to find a line of attack "loopy enough" to stand out from the likes of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. He's produced his own birth certificate. "Now, let’s try asking to see his tax returns." (Read more Celebrity Apprentice stories.)