Run, Tucker, run! Carlson-DeSantis 2024!
Fox's enterprise value is $21b so the settlement was less than 4% of their value. They had about $4b of cash pre-settlement so it's close to 20% of their cash balance
NO NO NO NO NO. Buchanan should never have run for President either. DeSantis is NOT doomed and his wonkery is a plus. Carlson needs just to find another slot, and jolly good luck to him. At least he doesn’t have to play nice with that moron Hannity any more.
While it would be awesome to have Tucker in the White House - especially given that he is not a knee-jerk right-winger - I think the nation would be better served by him using his influence to start a truly effective political movement that actually becomes what MAGA could have been (before it became a cesspool of QAnon and closeted neo-Nazis). Washington doesn't work for anything but Washington these days, and to be able to create a dialogue which forces stupid, green, and incompetent people out would be awesome. Too little is cared about the American people these days, and too much about lining pockets of those in power.
I'm a non-partisan progressive, so I have some issues with some of his thinking, but I also feel like every reform movement that comes up in recent years seems to get hijacked or derailed, so the status quo prevails. Anything that can bring reform and a better relationship between the governing and governed would be helpful, and could potentially open the floodgates for other movements to be effective in the public sphere.
I don't think his wife would be down with that.
You're putting Tucker at the top, and DeSantis won't go for that one. But I agree with you. The future is now.
"I hope Tucker Carlson runs for president."
Zero executive experience. Apparently no employment experience other than being a writer and commentator. Speaks words we like. Highly polarizing. Highly relatable personal background involving, er, boarding schools and bow ties.
Not a winning formula.
Yeah i was about to post that here. Just saw it. Im not shocked. Rats are jumping ship to save reputations.
I hope he doesn’t run, he is fundamentally decent, they keep trying to destroy him, if he ran they would stop at nothing, I think he loves his kids way too much to do that to them.
I know the heritage clip went viral over the weekend, but a few weeks ago on the Adam Carolla show he flushed out that line of thinking in greater detail, it’s a great discussion, the part about “no explanation except evil” is from the 20 min to 35 minute marks, roughly, here:
If you listen to the very beginning, before getting into that discussion, they talk about their ideal working lifestyle/environment, and the joys of being able to think freely in your middle age outside of corporate/ideological pressures. Listening to that part, very hard to believe he’ll run for office. If he doesn’t take a well - earned break, he can do the Mark Steyn thing and just do his own show, completely independently, and have a blast doing it.
I once believed that politics could help turn our failing USA around. I no longer believe that.
I also once believed that Tucker's presence on television each night could help our ailing culture heal, or at least slow its decline. I no longer believe that either, obviously.
Tucker's dismissal is a dismissal of objective journalism, a (perhaps final) smashing of counter-establishment thinking, an assault on Americanism.
I love Tucker also. But I think he does more good doing what he is going. He is one of the best journalists out there and probably the most impactful one.
I know that where ever he goes, I go.
He and Gutfeld were about the only reason I watched Fox News. Wow.
Don Lemon fired by CNN this morning. I change my mind to Carlson-Lemon ticket. Lock down both wings of the eagle.
This is a real shock. How about Dreher/Carlson 2024? Trump and family have said some things that weaken his hand in the last 10 days. Like you I am pro DeSantis and can't understand why folks don't see how he is superior as an overall candidate. In any case, I'm glad you are around Rod.
Carlson is more valuable as an independent citizen as opposed to an elected official. Any direct involvement in politics, especially party politics, would require him to censor himself.
There is no debating the key role Fox News played in allowing Carlson to find and hold an audience, allowing him to develop genuine influence. This, of course, is why that platform has now been eliminated.
With regret, I assert that Substack is entirely inferior to television for being able to generate influence. Despite all the fun we have here, this is where like-minded fellow travelers argue over the details...the way car guys debate which is the BEST Porsche of all time. Our musings here are allowed specifically because they have no substantial influence. As such, I think a Tucker Carlson Substack would be pointless.
A Tucker Carlson Spotify podcast would be similarly pointless. Joe Rogan can say whatever he wants on Spotify because those with real power know that his influence there will never be more than trivial.
I don't know how Tucker Carlson can ever match the influence he was able to develop at Fox News.
I don't think Carlson works as a national candidate at all. He's too Tweedy, far too much of a warrior Partisan to attract more than a trifling amount of moderates, and he's a lightweight by means of background -- he's never actually run anything at all, which is a really big problem when running for President. I think you're projecting your rightly-placed angst about 2024 onto a person's shoulders whom you personally like very much, but who is an extremely polarizing person nationally and someone who is very much disliked by many moderates. And that's even assuming Carlson wants to run, which he almost certainly does not, due to the massive pressure it would place on his family, something he has expressed a great deal of sensitivity about already in his life as a news personality -- it seems very unlikely he's interested in diving into the deep end of the piranha pool with his wife and kids.
You're right that DeSantis is basically cooked, though. It was always suspected that he didn't have the charisma to beat Trump head-to-head -- the hope was that he wouldn't have to face off directly due to Trump being somehow barred from the race, but that isn't what is happening, and DeSantis really isn't going to peel off many MAGA voters from Trump at all.
2024 is shaping up to be Trump, like it or not. Which means Biden wins, like it or not. This will keep happening until Trump definitely goes away.