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Beaker, er, Tom Cotton is winning the 2024 Goat Rodeo Fox News primary (emphasis mine because I couldn’t resist):
Fox News hosts have spent 2021 undermining the campaign to vaccinate Americans against the deadly coronavirus pandemic; drifting toward a paranoid, fascistic, apocalyptic politics; and institutionalizing former President Donald Trump’s lie that the election was stolen and laying the groundwork to rig the next presidential election in favor of the GOP.
None of this has impeded the central role Fox plays in Republican politics. The network remains the most powerful force on the right, with the possible exception of Trump. GOP politicians who see themselves as future presidents are flocking to its airwaves, hoping that regular Fox appearances will win over its politically potent hosts and sizable audience. Media Matters is tracking those interviews, which we call the Fox primary, as we did in 2012 and 2016.
Early polls suggest that their efforts have had mixed results. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appear to be discovering that no amount of Fox promotion can compensate for a critical lack of charisma. But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who owes his current position to a Fox-focused 2018 campaign, has emerged as a network hero, a compromise candidate among its prime-time hosts — and the shadow primary’s poll leader.
And it goes on from there, and I need a drink.