With Bill O’Reilly gone from Fox News, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow show is poised to be the top-rated program on cable news, and this new reality is massively bumming out conservatives.
Matt Drudge tweeted the reality of the Trump world in which conservatives now live:
Macron. Flying cars. Maddow #1 in TV news. Welcome to hell.
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) April 24, 2017
Less than 100 days into Trump’s time in office, conservatives never expected that Republicans would fail to repeal Obamacare, Trump has zero major legislative accomplishments, the president would have the lowest first 100-day approval rating in history, and Bill O’Reilly would be kicked off of Fox News and banished to podcasting Siberia.
Liberals and Democrats couldn’t have imagined Trump’s first 100 days going much better for them. Special elections in deep red districts in Kansas and Georgia revealed that the left is energized, and Democratic momentum is real. Obamacare has gained popularity since Trump won, and Rachel Maddow has been consistently beating Fox News while MSNBC challenges for primetime cable news ratings supremacy.
Matt Drudge should be depressed, and with O’Reilly gone, it seems like it will only be a matter of time until Maddow becomes the top-rated host on cable news.
Republicans are facing what could be a brutal 2018 midterm election, so things aren’t likely to get better anytime soon. While being out of power is never a good thing, a path back to power is becoming visible to Democrats.
The shift in ratings between Fox News and MSNBC indirectly represents many of the swings going on in the country. Democrats and the left have the energy and momentum, and example of this is the surge that will make Rachel Maddow number one.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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