The spellbound coverage and early reviews of the splendiferous Donald Trump CPAC Pageant are coming in, and they range from the unbowdlerized stunned to the rather awed editorial assessment.
HuffPost quotes Trump--the equivalent of allowing a lunatic his self-defense in court:
We're run by either very foolish or very stupid people. What's going on in this country is unbelievable. Our country is a total mess, a total and complete mess, and what we need is leadership.
Politico does largely the same, choosing immigration as Trump's own suicidal focus:
You have to be very, very careful because you could say that, to a certain extent, the odds aren’t looking so great for the Republicans, that you’re on a suicide mission, that you’re just not going to get [Latino] votes.
However Politico reportorially wraps with a rather slick editorial dig, re-exposing this racist ass for what he is:
Trump said he often wonders why America isn’t allowing in more immigrants "from Europe."
My favorite coverage of what we might call a kind of all-encompassing brevity, though, comes from Business Insider:
Trump said he was upset that President Barack Obama did not return his calls about a free ballroom he offered to build. He also made a strange statement about how he wants the U.S. to go back to Iraq to take some oil.
In short: Trump's speech was "confusing and terrible."
But well received? Reader's choice. HuffPost adds that he "was popular here at CPAC," although David Freddoso, formerly of National Review and now of the Washington Examiner, tweets, "Applause is ended before he leaves the stage."
My take: Isn't he wonderful, folks? He'll be back.