Trump? Again? Really?

Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of 600 people during a gathering of Republican women's groups, Thursday, April 28, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Crank up the calliope, boss, here we go again.

BE: The circus is back in town?

JB: Bingo! Donald Trump yesterday told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he might run for president next year as an independent candidate if Republicans pick the "wrong" nominee to challenge Obama.

BE: And who exactly would the "wrong" nominee be?

JB: He didn't say. But I'm guessing anybody but him would be "wrong." Run, Donald, Run!

BE: But didn't he say before that he'd consider an independent candidacy?

JB: At least twice, in April and in June, but then The Donald says a lot of things.

BE: Like he ought to be Treasury Secretary?

JB: Well, that was former GOP candidate and Fox guy Mike Huckabee who yesterday said Obama should appoint Trump to head Treasury.

BE: Does Trump have any skills beyond self-promotion? Has the whole world gone mad?

JB: Is that a rhetorical question?

BE: I don't think Trump's the right guy to trump the "wrong" Republican.

JB: At least Trump Redux didn't get much attention. Here's a mention in The Hill but you've got to scroll down to find it.

BE: His game must be slipping.

JB: Unlike Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who, after leading that huge prayer meeting with 30,000 Christian conservatives over the weekend, is reportedly headed to the first southern primary state, South Carolina, then to New Hampshire, to roll out his presidential bid.

BE: Isn't he the guy who suggested Texas leave the union?

JB: Yep, at an Austin tea party rally back in `09.

BE: And now he wants to lead the union.

JB: Lead, leave, they're pretty close. Anyway, Perry's likely to get lots of attention, leaving Trump with little if any. Perry already is second in GOP polling to Mitt Romney, according to the average of seven polls tracked by the website Real Clear Politics.

BE: And where's my boy Santorum?

JB. Um, last among 10 potential candidates. He's at 1.6 percent.

BE: Yeah, but he's got a great closing kick. The Ames, Iowa, straw poll this weekend will pull him into the light! Run, Rickey, Run!

JB: Oh, brother. All I can say is....

BE: Grrrr?

JB: Exactly.