I find it exquisitely telling that the viewership of the news shows of the Fox News Channel beat the Republican Debate on CNN the other night!
Roger Ailes, the head honcho of Fox News, is quoted as having said: “The candidates that can’t face Fox, can’t face Al Qaeda, and that’s what’s coming.” Mr. Ailes is said to have offered this pearl of wisdom the other night at the 9th annual presentation of the Eric Breindel awards for opinion writing.
There is certainly something to that. Although Mr. Ailes was referring to the Democrat candidates, the same would certainly apply to the Repubican candidates… indeed, ANY candidates.
Why do you suppose the audience was so low for the Republican debate on CNN. I’ll give you two good reasons, as a Repubican myself. First… the debate was broacast, or cablecast, on CNN. Conservatives don’t watch CNN. It is NEVER turned on in my home. If it is, by accident, turned on, I quickly order it taken down… immediately!
Second, it was a Republican debate. No conservative wants to hear the bunch of light-weighs the GOP is fielding at the moment. Conservatives simply are not interested. They have nothing to say, that I, as a conservative, want to hear. Nothing.
Conservatives are creatures of the political right! That’s where we live. We are dug-in to our positions, on the right, and have no intention of changing. So, as BOTH major political parties, in America, shifted to the left, Conservatives remained exactly where they/we are, and have been, all along. Our core beliefs have NOT changed. So, why then, would we be the least bit interested in what the gaggle of GOP candidates have to say on a debate cablecast on, arguably, the most non-conservative network based in America?
One final thing: It is WAY TOO EARLY to have debates! It is WAY TOO EARLY To be this deep into a political campaign! Unless, those instigating this early launch hope to create disinterest and boredom and yes, even apathy, among the voters by election day. A little slight of hand, perhaps? I mean, aren’t you about fed up with it already? Of coure, there are the folks who never engage in ploitics until the eleventh hour. They won’t be affected by this early launch. But, as a rule they are not activists on the political scene in America. Those of us who are, tend to latch onto a political campaign at the outset and remain with it to the, sometimes, bitter end. And WE are the people whom the “Early Launch” instigators would like to be rid. (A little of my paranoia peeking above the rim, there!)
But, the fact remains, until the GOP fields a conservative candidate, with an honest to goodness chance… conservatives are not interested!