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Thursday, January 28, 2016

The night Fox News bored the hell out of America

UPDATE: At 7 PM, Drudge's "WHO IS YOUR REPUBLICAN PICK FOR PRESIDENT?" poll had Trump at 65% with more than a half-million people responding (325,000+ for Trump).

The seventh Republican presidential debate was unwatchable. It was a rerun of all the 2008 and 2012 Republican debates. No spark. No excitement. Just governors acting like they were running for re-election  and policy geeks posing as senators. By a show of hands, how many of you believe you can win the White House back with this crew? This debate showed what your party looks like without Donald Trump -- dull and lifeless.

After 20 years, Roger Ailes has finally done the impossible: Bored the hell out of America. Dumping Trump was a dumb move. Maybe Sir Rupert Murdoch ordered it because he wants open borders. Either way, Ailes just ended his career, not by going too far right or left, but by being boring.

From the Washington Post:
 His threatened absence from the debate stage is a demonstration of Trump’s perception of his own self-worth, his verifiable status as a ratings-generating gargantuan whose screen persona can translate into millions of advertising dollars. In a sense, it’s an act of subversion by a candidate who has broken all the normal rules of modern campaigns. But it’s also a manifestation of Trump’s philosophy about getting what he wants when he wants it.
“The best thing you can do is deal from strength, and leverage is the biggest strength you can have,” Trump wrote in his career-defining and profile-elevating 1987 bestseller, “Trump: The Art of the Deal.” “Leverage is having something the other guy wants.”
Fox, a network that has reigned as a kingmaker in Republican politics, now seems faced with an adversary who is acting as if he’s already the king and doesn’t need it.
If Fox News made Republican politics in the last two presidential races, then to hell with it; Republicans lost.

They wanted to deflate Trump. Instead they deflated Fox News. Way to go, fellows.

Ailes had a good run. It's over. Murdoch's kids wait in the wings to succeed Ailes and turn it into MSNBC Lite.

Trump meanwhile just raised $6 million for veterans in Iowa.

The Post story ended:
“I heard people on Fox last night talking about this. ‘Who does he think he is? He can’t control the media,’ ” Limbaugh said on his program Wednesday. “I got news for you: He is controlling the media, and it’s his objective . . . He controls the media when he’s not on it. He controls the media when he is on it. He controls the media when he’s asleep. Nobody else has been able to do anything like this short of the Kennedys, and they’re pikers compared to the way Trump is doing this.”
For the umpteenth time in this strange Republican primary season, Trump has made the race all about one thing: Trump.
That's what Obama did eight years ago. That's what every leader does.


  1. Reagan had the ability to go over the heads of the media and talk directly to America. Trump has the same ability but in a different way. Even when his enemies think they are bashing him they are talking about him, so he still dominates the conversation. Can Jeb! do that?

  2. I am beginning to doubt Jeb! can tie his own shoelaces

    1. Apparently he can make guacamole as long as he has a $75 bowl to make it in

    2. Do you have the lowdown on Jeb's college grades? Is Jeb the stupid Bush brother? We, and the Dems, could have a lot of fun with that.

  3. Told ya.

    (Now we'll see if this translates into support in Iowa and New Hampshire.)

    -Mikey NTH

  4. "The seventh Republican presidential debate was unwatchable."
    Actually all seven R debates - and all the D debates - have been unwatchable. Sad that the American voters tune in not for answers, solutions or even a glimmer of hope from presidential candidates. They tune in to watch the inevitable train wrecks. Is it any wonder Trump dominates the media. Just look no further than that fact that this is a country more preoccupied with watching Caitlyn Jenner and the Kardashians than anything else.

  5. Much of the positive media drooling ovet Trump last night was more about the hit on their hated rival Fox than any real support for Trump. Even Trump said Fox was nice to him and had apologized but that he had already started his vets event. So he will be back on Fox and I doubt Ailes will go into early retirement. Murdock knows his genius and is not ready to hand over his amazing creation to his sons who have not built much on their own. After all he is getting married again at 84. Perhaps a bigger problem for Darth will be getting establishment support at some point. Right now he is rising in spite of it but he is still a plurality choice. He will need some of the low energy crowd to ice HC. He must hope their lust for power will heal their battered pride, be that leverage he always talks about in making deals

  6. The Master Persuader showed uncanny prescience. - Elric

  7. We are totally screwed. We are picking a POTUS based on entertainment value.

    1. If you want a discussion of policy or a lecture on the role of the executive and the legislature regarding the treaty power, get yourself to a college lecture hall.

      Political campaigns are long on the calliope and short on the Cicero. Issues are those that "resonate" which means those that most people can process in their gut (instinct and experience together). Candidates have to make an emotional connection with the voters - what Kipling was talking about when he wrote "If you can walk with kings yet keep the common touch."

      Political campaigns have always been this way and likely will continue to be this way because we are dealing with the same old humans we have always had.

      If you want something more high-minded I suggest you get a job at a think-tank. There you can be away from the hurly-burly and the hoi-polloi and all of their distasteful emotions and polish up the umpteenth unread policy paper on the effect of the first comma in understanding the Third Amendment.


      - Mikey NTH