Did the Trump obsession sink Democrats?
No reasonable person can disagree that Democrats and the left-wing media has given all things relating to President Trump maximum time and space in the electronic and print formats. Never in my lifetime – and I bet in the history of the nation – has a former president garnered so much attention from the Fourth Estate for what he did in the past and what he might do in the future.
Networks like MSNBC turned over their 24-hour schedule to news and narratives about Trump. It is the left-wing media’s mission to defeat all Republicans and conservatives, they have engaged in a hyper-hyperbolic strategy of smearing the Republican brand with accusations of authoritarianism, sedition and mythical attempts to overthrow the government.
But has the strategy backfired … in two ways?
Has the myopic attention to Trump been too much even for Democrats who may be progressives, but still tire of the Groundhog Day-style coverage? They have been viewing the same videos of the Capitol Hill riot on a daily basis for almost two years. The same accusations. Occasionally there may be a new twist in the ongoing saga, but mostly only old boilerplate parading as news.
I raise this possibility for two reasons. Virtually all my Trump-hating friends have given up MSNBC. Some have given up cable news altogether. One even cut off his cable service. Another switched to old movies on “Turner Classic Movies.” Not sure what the others are doing with their time.
There is a bit of slippage in the number of folks spending time watching left-wing cable news—indicating that there may be a lot more people like my left-wing friends.
You may have noticed how Democrats have been complaining that their problem was “messaging.” The voters were not hearing all the good news Biden & Co. wanted voters to know.
Is it possible that their problem was all that time the media was giving to Trump? Did Trump and the left-wing press engage in an alliance – perhaps unintended – keep Biden’s and the Democrats’ messages off the air and out of the print media pages.
After all, there is only a fixed amount of airtime and print space. There can be no disagreement that Trump was garnering the lion’s share. The Trump stories were sucking a lot of the oxygen out of the room.
It would be no small irony if the media’s efforts to get Trump boomeranged and hurt Biden and the Democrats.
So, there ‘tis.