Last week, MSNBC edged ahead of Fox News for the first time ever, with an average audience of 2.3 million in prime time, while Rachel Maddow’s show was second on cable only to the WWE (let’s face it, pro wrestling is MSNBC's most direct competitor.) This news will be hailed by the media in the same way that Stephen Colbert’s repetitive nightly Trump-bashing fest edging Jimmy Fallon was hailed: as proof of a massive backlash against Republicans and a groundswell of support for progressivism. It’s not. It’s actually kind of sad when you think about it.
In 2008, Democrats owned the White House, the House and the Senate and were certain they would be the dominant power in America for at least the next 40 years, if not forever. Just eight years later, they’d lost about 1100 offices nationwide, as well as Congress and the White House. The only thing they have left is a lot of lawless, activist judges who Trump’s SCOTUS appointees will eventually overturn. And of course, late-night and cable TV, two highly specialized corners of entertainment where having just a few hundred thousand more viewers out of 320 million Americans can make you #1 in your niche. Maddow and Colbert are seeing their ratings spike because leftists who literally have nowhere else left to go are turning to them to continue living in a fantasy world where they’re right about everything and anyone who disagrees is stupid or Hitler.
I’d say to those hosts, “Congratulations, and enjoy it while you can.” Even they are likely to lose their audiences once virtual reality advances to the point where liberals can live 24/7 in an electronic fantasyland where Hillary won, Obamacare works and Colbert is funny again.