Donald Trump claims to be a smart man who attended the best of schools. Considering the amount of money he has earned in the myriad businesses he has created, lost and re-created, I can't dispute that.
Plus, he appears to be a genius in the way he is dangling a potential presidential candidacy before the American media, getting us to follow his every move like hyenas drawn to red meat.
To make sure we follow him, he has latched on to a lingering bit of stupidity, along with a fringe element in this country, about President Barack Obama's legitimate right to be president.
I don't doubt that the brilliant Trump joined the birther movement to bring publicity to his Celebrity Apprentice reality show. The more viewers he rings in, the more money he places in his considerably large wallet.
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But that's fine. He's the newest P.T. Barnum, and we, the media and the members of the birther movement who think he is one of them, are the recently born suckers.
Which brings me to this: I never thought I would be on the same side of an issue as Karl Rove, but here we stand.
Rove said Trump once had a legitimate chance to be a integral part of the Republican Party and its efforts to defeat Obama in the 2012 elections. Not now.
"His full embrace of the birth issue means he is off there in the nutty right," Rove said on Fox TV. "I'm shocked. The guy is smarter than this. ... Now he is a joke candidate."
Trump would never be hired by the American people or even Republicans during the primaries, Rove said.
"He has embraced, full-throated, the nuttiness that somehow or other Obama was born in Kenya," Rove said, "and that his parents and grandparents arranged to have birth notices printed the next day in Honolulu newspapers so that 40-some-odd years later, he would be eligible to run for president."
Rove and me on the same side? Scary.
But we forget that Trump is doing this to make money, not to run for office. Looking at it from that viewpoint makes what Trump did recently more understandable.
When a radio host mentioned to Trump that a large number of African-Americans voted for Obama in 2008, Trump implied that blacks voted for Obama because of his race. If it wasn't because of his race, Trump said, why didn't black Democrats cast more votes for Hillary Clinton?
I'm not sure why he didn't question why more white male conservatives voted for Sen. John McCain during the primaries than voted for Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee.
But if Trump was implying that black people are responsible for what he calls the worst president in history, why not blame white males for not putting up a more viable candidate? That's what a legitimate candidate would do.
On that same radio program, Trump opened his mouth and put yet another dagger in his potential presidential run and drew more viewers to his show.
"I have a great relationship with the blacks," Trump said, talking about how he would fare with African-Americans during an election. "I've always had a great relationship with the blacks. But unfortunately, it seems that, you know, the numbers you cite are very, very frightening numbers."
"The blacks"? Who says "the blacks"? It's like saying "the plague" or "the enemy," or even "the coloreds." If he did get along with black people before, he probably won't now.
Comedian Bill Cosby hasn't been shy in his criticism of Trump, and neither have other blacks who might socialize in Trump's circles.
Pandering to the ultra-conservative Republican base and to birthers who can't accept Obama's presidency to promote a TV show is one thing. Coming out of left field, as a potential candidate with stupidity is quite another.
There can only be one reason for this Trump circus. Maybe Trump really is a Democrat and is performing in this traveling sideshow to help Obama's re-election bid.
If so, he's doing a brilliant job.