Before all is said and done, there may be 30 candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

But there’s only going to be one nominee.

From my point of view, there are many good candidates – from Dr. Ben Carson to Dr. Rand Paul, from Sen. Ted Cruz to Gov. Mike Huckabee and from Carly Fiorina to Gov. Scott Walker.

But, at the end of the day, who is going to compete with Donald Trump?

Who else can stand up to the media, say what’s on his mind, lose contracts every time he opens his mouth and not care because he’s worth $9 billion?

And have you noticed how his politically incorrect messages are resonating with Americans?

Honestly, I never actually thought he would run. I thought it was just something he liked to talk about – for ego gratification, for publicity, for business, because he loves the limelight.

But I think he’s serious about this campaign. And he says he is willing to spend his entire fortune winning the White House and recalibrating the nation’s navigation system.

I think he could possibly steal the show.

Would that be a good thing?

Is Trump sufficiently grounded in his worldview to save America from the ravages of Barack Obama and John Boehner and Mitch McConnell?

Is there a danger that this “loose cannon” will end up going establishment and betray his promises to seal the border, impose tariffs on China and smash ISIS?

I’m not sure about the answers.

But I am convinced the guy really loves America and wants the best for it.

Is he the best candidate?

I don’t know. But he is increasingly a welcome breath of fresh air in a crowded field.

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I’m starting to think America could do worse than President Donald Trump.

Heck, we’ve done far worse for the last 27 years – and especially the last seven.

The thing about Trump is that he, almost alone among the other contenders, can make news on any given day without working up a sweat. The media can deride him, but they can’t ignore him. If they attempt to ignore him, his bigger-than-life personality will simply overshadow them.

He’s not, as some suggest, making a mockery of the Republican Party. That’s what Boehner and McConnell do. He’s making the Republican Party interesting. He’s drawing distinctions between the GOP and the Democrats – good distinctions, appealing distinctions, popular distinctions.

With Trump in the race, this could turn out to be the most memorable, entertaining, lively, engaging and interesting presidential campaign since Ronald Reagan’s races in 1980 and 1984.

He’s the great equalizer.

He takes all the oxygen out of the room.

He’s bigger than ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and the rest of the media combined.

Reagan had a Teflon quality because of his smile and charm. Trump has it because he seems to speak from the heart extemporaneously and without any sense of self-consciousness.

While other candidates may be afraid to say exactly what they think for fear one gaffe will do them in, Trump has no such fear. He’s been through the media meat grinder and come out the other side laughing about it and richer for it.

So, don’t discount Trump.

Don’t sell him short.

He’s going to be a factor in this race, if, indeed, he sees it through.

He’s got immense energy and the money to back it up.

If Donald Trump is on the debate stage with eight or 10 other candidates, all eyes will be on Trump. It may not matter that there are better debaters up there. It may not matter than some of the other candidates have higher IQs. It may not matter that others might have a more detailed grasp of the issues and the facts.

At the end of the day, I wonder who can trump Donald.

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