The following isn't an original idea. It is, however, one made more relevant today than it was two days ago now that Tucker Carlson is without a job. He must be wondering what to do next... aside from not having anything else that piqued my interest to write about I decided to republish my blog from February.
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Below: Unchanged blog from Feb. 23, 2023. On the bottom of the page are some images I made yesterday.
By Hal Brown
Anyone who says the following might be the best pick for Trump to ordain as his running mate:
From The Washington Post:
Fox News host Tucker Carlson used his show to bring race into the discussion, decrying an alleged lack of urgency by the government for a blue-collar community with few people of color. “Is it because these are not their voters?” he asked Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), who agreed with the premise.
This is small potatoes compared to Tucker Carlson's latest coup enabled by Kevin McCarthy. Whether or not other media are able to get all the J6 videos of the Capitol attack his getting first dibs will score big time points with Trump.
|What puzzles me is, even though the word is in quotes, why Carlson refers to this as "insurrection day" instead rebranding it with a term that most people peacefully entered the Capitol and were there to make sure the election wasn't stolen. |
With the speculation as to whether Trump would prevail in the GOP primary leaning heavily towards it being the former president there has also been chatter in the punditry about who is angling to be his vice presidential pick. There's no similar discussion about who might be currying favor with Ron DeSantis to persuade him they would be his best running mate choice.
Look at this web search:First, what would be in it for Tucker Carlson?
While he's the top banana at Fox News, being second banana to a president of the United States who might die in office would make him president, and assuming Trump lived it would position him to run for president in 2028. The answer for him in one word is "power". He'd have to be patient and should Trump win he knows he'd be hand maiden to a megalomaniac but time would be on his side. In addition, what would he have to lose since if Trump was defeated he could simply go back to his former Fox News gig.
The second and more important question is what would be in it for Trump. What would Carlson bring to the ticket that nobody else would, and what are the drawbacks of having his as a running mate?
The only drawback I can think of is that Tucker is another crowd pleasing performer, an actual star. It's possible he could upstage Trump. He's Marjorie Taylor Greene without being certifiably insane.
The benefits include Carlson's star power. Trump could make sure Carlson never upstages him when they are literally appearing on the same stage by warning him about this. Carlson is smart enough never to do this.
The only possible better lead-in act for a Trump rally than Tucker Carlson is Marjorie Taylor Greene, but does Trump really want a screaming manic introducing him? Besides, he can include her as a member of his rally show cast and she can appear before Carlson. Greene, Carlson, Trump: now that would be a MAGA crowd pleaser.
With Trump who would make the best, i.e., the most competent vice president is irrelevant. It was a fluke that he picked Mike Pence who actually had some governing experience. He picked him because he was a national unknown who wouldn't upstage him. He believed in his grandiose self-confidence that he didn't need anyone to help him win.
With Trump running again he may have rethought this and want to run with someone who has their own huge fan base. He may have a moment of humility and want to run with someone that may actually bring him additional votes in the primary coming from those who lean towards DeSantis because they see him as Trumpian without being Trump.
For Trump it is always about winning. Who can forget this?The question I have is whether the star of a long-running hit show is if he'd be willing to allow an equally talented understudy to be hired.
As a reward to Marjorie Taylor Greene Trump could make her his Chief of Staff. She's adept at sucking up and has demonstrated this with Kevin McCarthy. No puns intended here...
Can you guess who just tweeted this?
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Hubris is the delusion that causes people to mistake themselves for God. They imagine they have power, wisdom and foresight they don’t actually possess. It’s a species of mental illness.
It is Carlson's latest tweet:
I am sure that the graduate of Harvard and Yale Law knows the meaning of the word "hubris". He's obviously not referring to himself, a high priest of hubris.
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In June of 2016 the blog had the most readers. Here's what I was posting then.
I asked ChatGPT AI to write a Shakespearian style sonnet about Tucker. This is what it came up with before the service got overloaded and couldn't be accessed. I wanted it to write a haiku about Tucker.
Oh, Carlson Tucker, pundit fierce and bold,
Whose tongue doth lash with wit and venom keen,
Thou art a force to make the blood run cold,
When thou dost speak of politics and spleen.
Thy voice doth ring with cadence like a bell,
And words like arrows pierce the heart and mind,
Thou art a champion of the right-wing swell,
And of conservative ideals thou art aligned.
Yet some do find thy rhetoric too harsh,
And claim that thou dost stoke the flames of hate,
But thou dost hold thy ground with steadfast marsh,
And boldly speak the truth, though others chide and berate.
So let the critics rail and vent their spleen,
For Carlson Tucker, thou art our pundit king.
Here's what it came up with as an Ogden Nash style poem:
Tucker Carlson, a man of the hour,
His opinions, they do tower,
A pundit with a gift of gab,
Whose words can make the viewers grab.
He talks of politics and the state,
His commentary, never late,
Some might say his views are skewed,
But his arguments, they do exude.
He's got a wit like no one else,
A pundit who's not on the shelf,
He's got the charm, he's got the flair,
And his followers, they do not spare.
So whether you love him or you hate,
Tucker Carlson, he won't abate,
His commentary, he will always bring,
A pundit who can make you sing.
This is the limerick it generated:
There once was a pundit named Tucker,
Whose views on politics would often sucker,
He'd speak with great zeal,
And sometimes appeal,
To those who found his arguments tougher.
I could change the fifth line to a dirty one...
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"What if he runs?" Wilson added. "He's rich enough. He'd instantly have an online fundraising juggernaut second only to Trump, and perhaps surpassing him. He's polarizing, terrible, and utterly amoral ... in short, better than Ron DeSantis for the base. I'd argue he's the only Republican who presents a material danger to Donald Trump in a primary. Celebrity, money, mental acuity, cynicism, pro-Putin isolationism, and an overt love of authoritarianism are a pretty strong secret sauce for the MAGA base. Celebrity got Trump the [White House]. It could certainly do the same for Tucker."
All the qualities that make Carlson's potential candidacy seem far-fetched would be considered strengths in a GOP primary, Wilson argues.
"Spare me your 'That could never happen. Even Trump's GOP would never vote for a former TV host pushing white replacement theory,'" he wrote. "That's PRECISELY who they'd vote for."
"This iteration of 'A Face In the Crowd' doesn't end with a revelation of the real character of the showman-as-politician," Wilson concluded. "This one ends with Tucker running and possibly winning a herrenvolk campaign, where his flaws don't matter, only his capacity for hate."
New: HUFFPOST assumes everyone knows Harry Potter and that everyone but Harry is afraid to call Voldemort by his name... my image. The story just notes how hardly anybody on Fox News is mentioning the Tucker Carlson story.
These are some images I made yesterday:
Below: Not too many people assume Tucker is dead, more likely with his star power if he has died it is only temporary and he'll be a zombie king leading his undead hoard to continue his attack on the living liberals.
Below: Only Tucker and perhaps a few top Fox News insiders know why Rupert Murdoch really fired him. It is possible that the reason is quite simple. Murdoch may have seen a behind the scenes video of Tucker joking about why Lesley Ann Smith said they called off their engagement.
Below, the HUFFPOST top story title and above what they really meant to say