Mark Cuban of Dallas, Texas, is a billionaire - a real billionaire and not a purported billionaire like Donald Trump of New York City. Over the past few months Mr. Cuban has shown a sustained disdain of Mr. Trump by saying impolite things about him and referring to the reality television personality on multiple occasions as a "jagoff." Clearly where Donald Trump is concerned, Mark Cuban exhibits a flagrant lack of respect.
This past week Cuban and Trump took their gentleman's war to Twitter. Cuban dropped this aerial bomb that informed the Twitterverse that he had secured one of Hillary's front row seats at next Monday's debate at Hofstra University. Mark Cuban crowed loudly:
"Just got a front row seat to watch @HillaryClinton overwhelm @realDonaldTrump at the "Humbling at Hofstra" on Monday. It Is On!"
Not to be outdone, Trump fired this little gem back yesterday:
"If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Jennifer Flowers right alongside of him!"
Gennifer (not "Jennifer") was one of more than a dozen women who claimed to have been involved in extra-marital affairs with Bill Clinton during the years he was governor of Arkansas. She says the affair lasted twelve years, while Big Dog says that he had sex with her only once. Ms. Flowers, who now claims to be an actress, was reportedly the inspiration for the famous line by James Carville, "Drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you'll find."
Before Trump's people could get out and officially deny that he had invited Gennifer Flowers to the debate, the eager actress, never one to pass up free publicity, accepted - on Twitter, of course.
"Hi Donald. You know I'm in your corner and will definitely be at the debate!..."Then Trump campaigner manager de jour, Kellyanne Conway, managed to elbow her way to the microphone and un-invite Ms. Flowers.
Now the Commission on Presidential Debates is asking both camps - Clinton and Trump - to take a step back and calm down. The commissioners say they would not like to see any controversy related to front row seating. They would prefer that the political maneuvering be kept on the stage - and out of the audience.
Clearly who is sitting on the front row on Monday night will be part of the message that the two candidates are trying to get out. In the end, it's always about who you know.