TV shows -- like some TV politicians -- can get grumpy. Viewers can tire of the act. We know this from older TV shows that can’t deliver more interesting story lines.
No doubt, Trump will continue to try. Throwing out a bag full of loaded, often coded words -- in some sort of order -- will just exponentially grow. He's good at changing the conversation — even in mid-sentence.
Approval and presidential polls don’t tell the whole story. (As of June 23, Trump is now at 41% (approval) and 41.7% (presidential), respectively, according to FiveThirtyEight.com.)
It’s a bit more complicated beyond the weak 6,200 people in live attendance at the Tulsa rally. Fox News Channel may have a different take.
On Saturday night, the Trump rally pulled a record 6.7 million Nielsen-measured prime-time viewers on the Fox network -- the best ever for it on Saturday night.
Sounds good? Before you say -- “Well, this means people aren’t tiring of Trump” -- think about this.
Fox’s two main competitors, MSNBC and CNN, also scored very high Saturday night Nielsen-measured viewing -- 2.1 million and 2.0 million viewers, respectively -- well above their Saturday night averages. What does that tell you?We know the political leanings of Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN. So not all viewers were necessarily watching the rally approvingly -- many wanting to gawk at a possible accident scene, complete with fighting drivers' words, bent metal and smoking engines.
One recent TV commercial had the Trump campaign blaming Joe Biden for the lost of U.S. manufacturing jobs — all of this to target key industrial states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania. He claimed Biden cozied up to China.
That didn’t seem to take. Because at the same time, former National Security Advisor John Bolton, in his new book, revealed Trump had been pleading with China to help him win the next election. And in order to do that, Trump needed China to buy more soybeans from the U.S. to grab the support of farmers.
Let’s move to what might be the final climax-building possible ending in Trump TV terms:
*Trump leaving the White House in January, walking out to a waiting helicopter, hair flapping in the wind, with a departing bag of head-scratching phrases, including the word “lawsuit.”
*Winning the election with a victory dance in the end zone of NFL’s Washington Redskins' field. And then retiring with a stream of tweets, complete with violation tags from Twitter.
*Or, even more TV-worthy, losing the election, but not actually leaving the While House come mid-January. No tweets here. Just driving a bunch of golf balls off the White House lawn.
There’s your spin-off! Any media buyers?
Maybe My Pillow -- which buys a lot of TV commercials on the Fox News Channel -- might consider this. Why? Because after all the hyperbole, we’ll need a good night sleep.