ByÂ Jennifer Harper-The Washington Times
A veritable royal flush of Republicans will be in Las Vegas on Tuesday when presumptive presidential nomineeÂ Mitt RomneyÂ journeys to Nevada for a pair of private events, one at a local furniture manufacturer, the second atÂ Donald Trumpâ€™s opulentÂ International HotelÂ and Tower for a fundraiser where tickets will fetch $2,500 to $10,000. Gleeful journalists pined for news thatÂ Mr. RomneyÂ would distance himself fromMr. TrumpÂ after the real estate kingpin recently reignited the â€œbirtherâ€ issue surrounding President Obamaâ€™s origins.
Also of note: Former Republican candidateÂ Newt GingrichÂ will make an inaugural appearance with his onetime rival. Whether billionaire casino ownerÂ Sheldon AdelsonÂ will attend is unknown. He once openly admiredÂ Mr. Gingrichâ€™s â€œboldnessâ€ and contributed mightily to his campaign;Â Mr. AdelsonÂ also has mentioned heâ€™s willing to donate up to $100 million to Republican causes. So weâ€™ll see.
Meanwhile, thereâ€™s a raffle afoot to win a swanky supper with bothÂ Mr. RomneyÂ andÂ Mr. TrumpÂ in New York, complete with transportation in â€œthe Trump vehicle,â€ accommodations atÂ Mr. Trumpâ€™s lofty hotel and a tour ofÂ NBCâ€™sÂ â€œCelebrity Apprentice.â€Â A mere $3 buys a chance, though â€œno contribution or payment of any kind is necessary to win this promotion,â€ the Romney campaign advises.
â€œWe need to convinceÂ Donald TrumpÂ to go to Washington. We fully respectÂ Mr. Trumpâ€™s decision to endorseÂ Mitt RomneyÂ but firmly believe that we needÂ TrumpÂ in DC. ImagineÂ Donald TrumpÂ as Secretary of State â€˜negotiatingâ€™ withÂ ChinaÂ orÂ OPEC.â€
â€” Statement from TrumpHQ, the new designation forÂ Mr. Trumpâ€™s former fan website ShouldTrumprun.com
It is the clash of the elder titans. That would be the skirmish between staid conservative columnistÂ George F. Will, 71, and conservative/birther/mogul/reality-TV-starÂ Donald Trump, 65. Yes, there were teeth displayed, some flying fur and much press amusement, to the tune of about 300 mentions in the aftermath.
The recap: During his usual Sunday appearance on ABCâ€™s â€œThis Weekâ€Mr. WillÂ calledÂ Mr. TrumpÂ a â€œbloviating ignoramusâ€ for renewing public interest in whether President Obama was born in the U.S.Â Mr. WillÂ was incensed. How couldÂ Mitt RomneyÂ associate with such a person?
Not to be outdone,Â Mr. TrumpÂ sent out an aggressive tweet about eight hours later: â€œGeorge WillÂ may be the dumbest (and most overrated) political commentator of all time. If the Republicans listen to him, they will lose.â€
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