What We Learned From Trump

Confrontation is good, media might not be so good
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2011 5:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – Donald Trump is taking his toys (and his hair) out of the 2012 sandbox and going home to run Celebrity Apprentice, and that has the blogosphere predictably buzzing. A sample of reactions to the Donald's departure:

  • Chris Cillizza, the Washington Post: While "Trump’s Icarus-like rise and fall in the 2012 presidential race is likely to wind up as no more than a footnote in the story of this election ..." The most important takeaway is that "Confrontation is good. Confrontation works."

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  • Joshua Green, the Atlantic: Trump quit not to preserve "his last shred of dignity, because that's long gone." Rather, "Given that the last three months were so detrimental to his ratings, I wouldn't be surprised if his NBC deal included a clause that he fold up his tent and shut down the circus. That's just good business sense—and in Trump's case, it doubles as an act of mercy.
  • Jennifer Rubin, the Washington Post: "You can’t blame Trump for being Trump, the master of self-promotion. But it does make you wonder about the punditocracy, the cable TV show bookers and some reporters. Aside from a reminder that the punditocracy collectively has less common sense than Newt Gingrich, this should be a reminder to Republican voters. These are serious times that require grown-up leaders."
  • Michael O'Brien, the Hill: "The timing of Trump's announcement is sure to do little to quiet cynics who have maintained that his presidential campaign was all a publicity stunt for the latest season of The Apprentice."
(Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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