Post Election Blowback

Interesting to see the information on voter turnout from Tuesday’s election.

In Tennessee, Republican turnout was up 63%! Democrat turnout was down 40%!
In Georgia, Republican turnout up 35%, Democrat down 32%
In Massachusetts, GOP turnout up 25%, Democrat down 5%
In Virginia, GOP up 110%, Democrat down 14%
In Vermont, GOP up 57%, Democrat down 13%
Oklahoma, GOP up 21%, Democrat down 22%

Surely no one believes that Trump didn’t have anything to do with this. Of course he did! He won those big turnout states, except for Oklahoma.

On another issue, Fox News seems to be backing off its Rubio bromance.
Yesterday on the radio, which is not Fox but has one of its hosts, Sean Hannity on WOR, blasted Rubio in a way I’ve never seen. He took him to the woodshed then he took him to the outhouse for a few more blows. He blasted his crude insults to Trump, his pivot on immigration and his cow towing to the GOPe moneyed establishment. He probably wouldn’t have gone Rambo on Rubio had he not gotten good vibes about doing it from Fox.

For example, New York magazine says Fox is souring on Rubio:

According to three Fox sources, Fox chief Roger Ailes has told people he’s lost confidence in Rubio’s ability to win. “We’re finished with Rubio,” Ailes recently told a Fox host. “We can’t do the Rubio thing anymore.”

Ailes was already concerned about Rubio’s lackluster performance in GOP primaries and caucuses, winning only one contest among the 15 that have been held. But the more proximate cause for the flip was an embarrassing New York Times article revealing that Rubio and Ailes had a secret dinner meeting in 2013 during which the Florida senator successfully lobbied the Fox News chief to throw his support behind the “Gang of 8” comprehensive immigration-reform bill. “Roger hates seeing his name in print,” a longtime Ailes associate told me. “He was appalled the dinner was reported,” the source said.

Already, there are on-air signs that Fox’s attitude toward Rubio has cooled. This morning, anchor Martha MacCallum grilled Rubio about his poor Super Tuesday performance. “Is that a viable excuse at this point?” she asked, when he tried spinning his second-place finish in Virginia.

Fox’s corporate support of Rubio has also been a growing source of tension with the network’s more conservative talent. Sean Hannity was furious that the Times article reported how he went along with Rubio’s immigration proposal. During an interview with Trump on Monday, Hannity barely defended Fox while Trump trashed Rubio backers like Hayes. “He shouldn’t be on the air,” Trump said. The best Hannity could muster was to change the subject. “Have you ever watched MSNBC?” he said. “They suck.”

Then corporate poobah Rupert Murdoch tweeted yesterday: “As predicted, Trump reaching out to make peace with Republican ‘establishment’. If he becomes inevitable party would be mad not to unify.”

Maybe this change in tone is because viewership is down? According to a YouGov Brand Index survey, the perception of Fox News among Republicans has hit a three-year low, “has declined by approximately 50% since January of this year.”

I haven’t been watching Fox News for weeks now. I find it is much more peaceful to read the news than to watch constant campaigning for a candidate and against others, so I did not see this on O’Reilly last night. But take a look:

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