Donald Trump may no longer be a 2012 GOP presidential contender, but he'll have a lasting impact on the race and the remaining candidates.
Donald Trump isn't running for president in 2012. But, he may wind up having a real impact on the race anyway.
That impact? Confrontation works.
From the moment he emerged as a potential candidate Trump took the fight to President Obama. While most Republicans agreed that Trump's focus on Obama's citizenship was a misfire, GOP voters seemed to embrace the Donald's feistiness if not the substance of his attack.
Put simply: Trump's willingness to fight mattered more than the substance of what triggered the fight.
Polling bears that sentiment out. In a May CNN poll 67 percent of respondents said Trump was "not a typical politician" and 57 percent said he was "tough enough to handle a crisis.
No one in the current 2012 field will openly embrace Trump who is politically toxic to vast swaths of the American electorate.
But, the tone that Trump struck --Read More »from The Fast Fix: Donald Trump’s lasting impact on the GOP presidential race