Does Donald Trump Belong in the 2012 Presidential Race?

One of America’s greatest self-promoters—and a very successful businessman—is turning his attention to politics.

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What’s Donald Trump up to? And does it matter? One of America’s greatest self-promoters—and a very successful businessman—is turning his attention to politics. “Oh, goody!” might be a voyeuristic reaction from someone who views politics as an entertainment spectacle. Those who see it as a serious business might think otherwise. [Vote now: Is Trump's birtherism just a stunt?]

Whatever, he can be compelling TV. And he’s already making a mark by reviving questions about President Obama’s birth certificate—including sending private investigators to Hawaii to dig up who knows what. In New Hampshire, some early polls find him with actual support. I’d like to hear your thoughts. Does Trump belong in the race? Is he helpful or harmful to the process? I'd like to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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