A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted February 28th, 2017 on Niagara At Large
There has been a rule of thumb in America for decades going back to the times Johnny Carson and David Letterman ruled late night TV.
If you are a politician and you have e hosts of late hour shows hammering you night after night with mocking jokes and stealthy satire that sees the ratings of their shows soar, you are running out of highway. Next stop, a giant sinkhole with your political obituary in it.
We’re now living in the Age of Trump where many old rules have been broken – most of them by none other than the creature with orange hair, himself. But if this rule still holds, it is hard to see how Trump will make it through a full, four-year presidential term.
Less than 100 days in to his presidency, Trump is already being mocked relentlessly by the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver, the case of Saturday Night Live and others, and the mockery has audiences roaring and ratings going up, up, up despite how many Trump fires out 3 a.m. Tweets that these shows, like CNN and The New York Times, are “failing.”
As an incurable political junkie who has been watching this sort of stuff going back to the U.S. presidencies of LBJ and Richard Nixon, I have never seen anything like this happening so fast to the occupant of the Oval Office. As tricky and devious as Nixon was, it took the better part of six years (after winning a second four-year term in a landslide) to get to this stage.
That brings me to one particular late night show clip a Niagara At Large reader shared with me earlier today that I now wish to share with you. This one is from this Tuesday, February 27th and features Late Show host Stephen Colbert using his monologue to answer a call Trump made earlier in the days to his critics and to those leaking damaging information about him to come right up and look him in the face with their attacks on him.
When you watch and hear this, listen to the reaction of the audience when Colbert looks out in the camera, hoping that Trump is watching on the other side, and take him up on his call for a face-to-face showdown.
That reaction, from an American audience to a president so new he should still be enjoying a warm and happy political honeymoon, says to me, at least, that aside from the hard-core base of fans he has yelling for the wall and a prison term for Hillary, this character is already in real trouble. At least, I hope so.
Here is the Stephen Colbert clip –
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