I couldn't resist this gem from Greg Sargent:
At first the Donald skillfully played the media, adopting a strategy of deliberately tracking in lurid, freak-show-friendly falsehoods in the full knowledge that the resulting media attention — even if negative — would buoy his presidential hopes among GOP primary voters. At first, it worked. But Trump was defined by the freak show, too, and his antics quickly came to look pathetically buffoonish and small when reality — Obama’s birth certificate, the killing of Bin Laden — came along and popped Trump’s balloon, causing him to crash back down to earth.
Live by the freak show, die by the freak show.