We might as well start putting together the in memoriam video for Donald Trump's campaign.
And honestly, I think we all knew it wouldn't last. Polling numbers this early in a campaign are hard to trust, since most come down simply to who found themselves on TV the highest amount of time.
We can at least give Trump that credit; he knows how to get himself air-time.
But his methods finally caught up with him this weekend. In an effort to come back at Arizona Sen. John McCain's comments that Trump had "fired up the crazies," the businessman turned political wind-bag somehow went up a level of insanity.
During an interview at an Iowa rally over the weekend aired on C-SPAN, the discussion moved to McCain. Trump was his usually candid self, something that I'm actually a fan of in a day and age where politicians are taught to give little away.
"I raised a million dollars for him (McCain)," Trump said, talking about the 2008 campaign. "It's a lot of money. I supported him, he lost; he let us down. He lost, so I never liked him as much after that, because I don't like losers."
The interviewer then says "He's a war hero." And cue the insanity.
"He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, I hate to tell you. Perhaps he's a war hero, but right now he's said some very bad things about a lot of people."
The full quote is interesting. In subsequent interviews, Trump shrugged off the widely negative reaction that will surely take his campaign down a few pegs.
But in the initial quote itself, we already see that Trump is back-tracking. "Perhaps he's a war hero" shows how he reacts to a crowd that, at the very least, didn't sound too pleased.
He then goes on.
"I disagree with him, but these people (referring to the crowd) aren't crazy."
So now he's reaching out to the crowd, as a way of trying to say "stay with me."
It's this train of thought that keeps Trump in rare form. We should all expect by now that he'll present one-liners on a whim that rile people up, whether good or bad. If just one person gives him the impression that they are happy, it's enough to show that everybody must love him.
But then he goes on.
"And, very importantly, and I speak the truth, he graduated last in his class at Annapolis. Nobody knows that. He graduated last, or second to last, he graduated last in his class at Annapolis. See, you're not supposed to say that someone graduated last or second to last in their class, because you're supposed to be, like (interviewer) says, very nice."
I enjoy how Trump says McCain graduated last, then comes back and says "or second to last." Again, this is not the first time we've seen something like this. In an interview with NBC after his speech to open the show when he said illegal immigrants are rapists, the interviewer presented Pew Research facts that show, in fact, that they are not.
His response? Trump said those statistics were wrong and the reporter should "check your facts." That's all. No facts of his own to refute the research.
Also, it's not called being "very nice." It's called being tactful, something Trump clearly doesn't understand.
It's plain to see that no one, not even the most determined of voters, will ever be a bigger fan of Donald Trump than Donald Trump is. His ego has been on display for weeks, and now it has finally put him in too much trouble to escape from.
I just wonder what it looks like to see something that large collapse.