Is Donald Trump going to run for president in 2012? Don't laugh. It just might happen. Up until now the truth is that very few people would have conceived that Donald Trump could possibly be a serious contender for the Republican nomination in 2012, but now Trump says that he is "absolutely thinking about it".
Yes, you read that correctly.
Regarding a potential run for president, on Tuesday Trump told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" the following....
"I can tell you this - for the first time in my life, I am absolutely thinking about it."
In other words, fire up the engines because Trump is ready to rumble.
Of course he is not fully committing himself yet, as he added the following caveat during the same interview....
"I don't know that I'll do it. It's probable that I won't do it. But I can tell you, I'm thinking about it."
Now Trump will probably run a bunch of polls in states with early primaries to see if his candidacy would be viable.
In fact, all of this recent speculation has been brought on by a New Hampshire poll in which voters were asked 30 questions regarding their thoughts on Donald Trump as a presidential candidate in 2012.
Trump is denying that he was involved in the poll, but he says that he is very interested in seeing what the results were.
Apparently they were quite favorable for Trump.
So would he definitely run as a Republican?
"If I were interested, I'd be a Republican," Trump told Time during a recent interview.
So is this actually going to happen?
Well, we will see.
But for now, Trump is at least talking like a candidate....
"We are losing this country. This country will not be great if something isn't done rapidly."
Apparently there have been some people that have been urging Donald Trump to run for president for years....
"I am being serious about it. I've been asked for years to do it. And I had no interest. This is the first time I am -- at least I'm considering it."
So would Trump position himself as a mainstream Republican or a Tea Party Republican?
The answer might not be as clear cut as many would think....
"I am a Republican but have great respect for what the Tea Party has done because they have brought to light what's going on. I mean, we have trillion-dollar deficits. ... The country is going bankrupt, let's face it."
In the end, Trump is going to do what is right for Trump. Anyone with the kind of monolithic ego and the massive resources that Donald Trump possesses is going to be tempted to make a run for the White House at some point. There seems little doubt that Donald Trump actually believes that he is fully capable of being the president of the United States.
So really, only one question remains.
Is Donald Trump going to run for president in 2012?
We won't get that answer for a while, but it sure would be entertaining.