Update: Romney has accepted Trump’s endorsement in Trump’s Vegas hotel and, by so doing, made Trump infinitely more newsworthy than he deserves to be. I’m all for endorsements and, obviously, never turning one down. But in the case of a private citizen best known for working the media like kids work a substitute teacher, wouldn’t a simple “thank you” statement suffice? Romney’s embrace of a man America knows as “The Donald” is an embarrassment to him, his lovely wife who had to stand there, and anyone on Romney’s team who thought this was a good idea. Shame on Romney for giving in.

Am I the only one who doesn’t understand the media’s fixation with Donald Trump? This morning Drudge looks like this:

VEGAS SURPRISE: TRUMP TO ENDORSE…
KLAS: IT’S NEWT…
AP, NYT, POLITICO: IT’S NEWT…
DRUDGE: WAIT, IT’S MITT!
BUT WILL HE CHANGE HIS MIND BY NOON?

Why is the media covering a Trump endorsement with such interest? Better yet, why are they covering it at all? Is anyone interested who other reality TV hosts are endorsing? (Seriously, I’m just dying to know who Jeff Probst, Ryan Seacrest and Tom Bergeron are backing.)

How influential are endorsements outside of the political world? Where is the line between genuinely valuable (Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, etc.) and worthless?

If either Romney or Gingrich appears at this fiasco press conference, they deserve to drop 5 points automatically in the PD Composite.

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