This is a sign of spring the could mean a lot for the fall.
The anti-Laura Ingraham boycott launched by teenage gun grabber David Hogg was an exercise in pettiness from the get-go, meant to punish the Fox News personality for an ill-humored remark about the high school senior’s college prospects.
But the ratings results for the week of May 7-14 should be shocking the anti-Second Amendment crowd.
According to TVNewser, Fox News’ Sean Hannity was the No. 1 watched basic cable host while Ingraham was second.
It was the first time Ingraham had beaten Maddow.
That has to hurt Hogg and his fellow 15-minutes-of-famers, who’ve become increasingly irritating in general as their star-power has faded. And there’s no doubt it had Fox personalities like Hannity and Ingraham doing figurative high-fives on the air.
All of this should be nagging at Democrats and the party’s acolytes in the media, who’ve been hyping up a “blue wave” in November’s midterms since Alabama’s special Senate election in December saw a Democrat win.
If liberal enthusiasm for their superstars like Maddow is flagging, it should be no surprise that liberal willingness to get to the polls to vote for a generic Democrat should be running out of steam, too.
That Democrat ennui might be why polls that showed Democrats with a midterm advantage as high as 16 points in December has dwindled to a within-the-margin-of-error 3 points; a statistical tie, in other words.
Whatever the reason, Ingraham fans were enjoying the moment considerably.
That last one sums it up nicely.
There’s no way a country the size of the United States can just shake off the two terms of Barack Obama’s presidency immediately.
The Democrat administration’s corrosive effects on American politics and even civil discourse had eight years to poison young minds like Hogg’s and his classmates (they were still in grade school when Obama was first sworn in, remember.)
But Ingraham, Hannity and conservatives around the country have kept up the fight, and conservatives are going to keep fighting harder than ever. Ingraham’s ratings win is one battle in a long, long war.
But for now, it’s the kind of sign in spring that might be key in the fall.
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