Content partner Jason Tolbert of The Tolbert Report, uses his Sunday Stephens Media column to look at three would-be GOP Presidential hopefuls: Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.

All 3 are near the top of the GOP Presidential primary field and they owe their high-profile media outlets to their contender status. Huckabee has a weekly TV show on Fox News as well as major radio distribution nationwide through the ABC Radio Network. Palin has hosted a TLC reality TV series on her native Alaska and is a Fox News contributor. Trump’s "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice" TV shows have aired several seasons on NBC.

But Tolbert notes that it will take more than reality TV status to earn the GOP Presidential nomination.

With the star power possessed by these three, it is no real surprise that they joust with one another for the top spot among Republican presidential candidates in most opinion polls. But the Republican nomination is not decided in the same format as American Idol. Instead, it is fought in the cold winters of the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, where voters demand a retail-style of politics, not a marketed image.

The question is whether any of the three will decide to leave the fame, comfort and profits of their celebrity lives to slug it out in a crowded primary field for the chance to take on an incumbent President Barack Obama.

And if they do, is it possible they will complete the reality-show-takeover of our culture by becoming the first reality star to win the Oval Office?

You can read his full take at this link.


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