The chickens are coming home to roost. No, not those chickens. I'm talking about the Democrats swallowing their collective pride and appearing on Fox News now. Breaking an 18 month boycott, Howard Dean, chairman of the Democrat Party, will appear on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace this weekend. Just as last Sunday Barack Obama did. Just as Hillary Clinton appeared on the O'Reilly Factor. Actually, Hillary woke up some months ago and realized that the temper tantrum induced far left snit over Democrats appearing on Fox News was a bad tactic. Fox News is not, contrary to the rhetoric of the MoveOn, etc wing of the far left sillys, a wing of the Republican party. The cable channel is what a platform for all voices looks like. It is not the same as CNN or any of the other networks. On those channels, you'll find maybe one token Republican or conservative or libertarian along with 3 or 4 Democrats or liberals or socialists. It was that way from the beginning of television, so when Fox News came on the scene, suddenly all hell broke loose. The herds of sheeple were appalled that what passed for common thought was being challenged by others who felt the First Amendment also applied to them. The nerve.
You may remember it was Fox News that broke the story of the long ago DUI ticket issued to George W. Bush in the State of Maine on the eve of the 2000 election. The story that caused a loss of about 3 percentage points in the general election votes, as opined by many analysts, and fueling the fires of the Florida vote debacle. Hardly the network of Republican talking points.
Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, held a fundraiser for Hillary. His daughter held a fundraiser for Obama in London, where she resides. Sounds like a regular family to me.
Following the urging (blackmail) of the far left Interwebs crowd, former Senator John Edwards led off with the boycott of Fox News for the nomination of the Presidential candidate. All the others feel into line (the dreaded charge of lock step comes to mind) and Howard Dean continued with his nasty statements about Republicans - the charges of racism, stupid Christians, homophobes, etc.
How'd that nomination process work out for you, Senator Edwards?
You would think, Edwards of all people would have understood where his audience was, wouldn't you? He was running for the second time, after all. He was running as a man of the regular, blue collar, working man and woman. Which network do you think this audience continues to poll as most loyal to Fox News? That's right. Independents are very loyal to Fox News. Fox continues to outperform on ratings over CNN, for example, to the tune of two to one. There just aren't that many conservatives or Republicans out there for it to only be 'their' network.
And, as a party, how do you claim you want to govern all people, and work with all political voices, if you only preach to your own choir? If you appear too cowardly to have an honest discussion on a network you view as less than favorable to your candidacy, how is the voter to take you seriously as a strong leader?
Obama finally had enough of a dip in his favorable polling numbers recently to feel the need to change his silly position. Hillary understands, as she did before Texas and Pennsylvania, that her audience lies outside of MSNBC. You may have noticed she's up in the polls. For now. Howard Dean no longer has any credibility on insisting on the ban on Fox News when his two candidates running for President appear there.
It all comes around. The children are going to have to grow up a smidge. The adults are going to have to run their own campaigns eventually.