**2nd UPDATE: Well that’s embarrassing: GOPers bail on Trump debate (and so does Donald)

Donald ... Trumped.

If a Trump bloviates in the forest and no one is there to hear him, does he really make a sound?

The website for the Donald Trump-moderated Newsmax debate declares the affair to be the Most. Important. Debate. Ever:

Join The Newsmax ION Television 2012 Presidential Debate for the most important meeting of the major Republican candidates before the Iowa caucus and primaries in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida!

The Newsmax ION Television 2012 Debate will be streamed over Newsmax.com, the largest online conservative news portal in the nation, and be broadcast live on the ION Television network to 100 million U.S. homes.

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in this crucial 2012 presidential forum!

Well maybe the folks at Newsmax failed to get that message across to Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Ron Paul, all of whom have politely — or in Paul’s case, not so politely — declined the faux news outlet’s invitation to humiliate themselves on the Internets, while not getting a word in edgewise with the Birther ringmaster.

The only candidates with the desperation oversized ego and need for any form of attention that’s available, who are willing to subject themselves to the Trump circus are poor Rick Santorum, and of course, Trump’s running buddy, child labor advocate Newt Gingrich. So it’ll just be the two of them (unless Santorum wises up and bails too.)

You can’t make this stuff up.

UPDATE: Guess who could be the next person to drop out of the Trump sideshow debate … One Donald Trump

WASHINGTON – Business mogul Donald Trump said Friday he might scrub a presidential debate that so far has drawn only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

Trump, the reality television star who has not ruled out an independent White House bid, had hoped for all of the Republican candidates to join in a debate he would moderate Dec. 27 in Iowa. Most have decided not to, leaving only Gingrich, a former House speaker, and Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator.

“I have to look into it,” Trump told Fox Business Network when asked whether he would host a two-candidate debate.

Trump was most indignant about Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann skipping out.

“She came up to see me four times. She would call me and ask me for advice,” Trump said. “She said if she wins, she would like to think about me for the vice presidency. Most importantly, I did a two-hour phone call for her with her people. … And after all that, she announced she was not going to do the debate. It’s called loyalty. How do you do that? It’s amazing to me.”

Trump has said he might endorse a Republican but could make a third-party run himself.

The gratuitous, self-aggrandizing swipe at Bachmann was a nice touch, Donald. Ugh…

UPDATE 2: Donald … out! And with that, he is revealed as the joke he is.

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2 Responses to **2nd UPDATE: Well that’s embarrassing: GOPers bail on Trump debate (and so does Donald)

  1. Rupert says:

    Donald, You’re fired.

  2. Shazza says:

    Wow, what a frightening picture! LOL!

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