Donald Trump and Newsmax to Host the Dumbest/Most Watchable Debate of the 2012 Campaign

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  TV personality Donald Trump leaves the "Live With Regis And Kelly" taping at the ABC Lincoln Center Studios on November 15, 2011 in New York City.
Donald Trump makes John Boehner look like Tilda Swinton. Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images

In what seems like a plot dreamed up by the DNC to turn the GOP primary campaign into as much of a clownish spectacle as possible, national laughingstock Donald Trump and conservative website Newsmax have announced plans to moderate a debate on December 27 in Des Moines, Iowa, to air on ION, that broadcast network* you watched one time for two minutes by accident.

This actually seems like a pickle for the serious candidates in the GOP field. Do you attend and risk tainting your gravitas among moderates by answering insane questions from a birther reality TV star? Or do you beg off but risk alienating the GOP base, which reads Newsmax and for some reason doesn't realize how much of a joke Trump has become?

* This sentence has been updated to reflect that ION is a broadcast network, not a cable network.