The media did not create Donald Trump. The media, however, does bear some responsibility for inflating his candidacy from the status of a carnival act to what it is today: a menace to the American political system.
If I believed in conspiracy theories, I could make a case that Donald Trump's American presidential candidacy was part of a conspiracy to damage the Republican Party.
The problem isn't simply that many expect him to lose the presidential election, some recent polls notwithstanding, but rather there is concern that race will adversely affect down-ballot contests.
Last night my wife and I attended the annual Donner Prize Dinner for the best book pubilshed that year on Canadian public policy. My co-authored book with Tom Flanagan and Andre Le Dressay was shortlisted many years ago and ever since, we've been invited to the dinner.
It's actually a pretty fun event. Great appetizers. Excellent dinners. An an open bar. Usually interesting dinner mates (this time we were seated with Carolyn Tuohy, Chad Gadfield, and my most excellent colleague, Andy Sancton). Talk about an academics' dream (we dream small)!
Laurier is searching for a new president.
There's an online survey we can take, provided by the HR consulting firm Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, that asks (among other things) what "must have" qualities a president should have, and whether we have any ideas for potential candidates?