Maybe Glenn Beck is right. Maybe this is the end of the world. According to a brand new Wall Street Journal/NBC national poll of Republican primary voters, Donald Trump actually has a shot at the GOP nomination for President. Trump tied with Fox News personality and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee for second place — they both got 17 percent — with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney coming in first, with 21 percent. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, host of TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska, placed fifth with 10 percent.
The poll was conducted last week, while Trump was on a cable-news blitz announcing that he didn’t believe President Obama was born in America, which may explain his sudden popularity among certain conservatives. Still, the upcoming Republican Party primaries are starting to look like a better fit for VH1 than C-SPAN. Trump is now the second reality-TV star contemplating a run for the White House (the other, of course, being Palin ), while Huckabee is probably best known these days for picking at his bass during jam sessions at the end of his Fox News show than for anything he did in Arkansas. Sure, there are a handful of traditional candidates in the mix — former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, Mississippi governor Haley Barbour — but there’s also Minnesota representative Michele Bachmann, a one-woman reality show whenever she’s put in front of cameras (even if she doesn’t always know which camera to look at).
When the primary campaign heats up, the networks might be enthusiastic for once to televise the Republican debates. Putting Trump, Palin, Huckabee, and Bachmann on the same stage with the the White House as a prize is better than half their fall lineups.
But what do you think, Pop Watchers? Are you looking forward to the Republican primaries? And would you ever vote for Trump for president?