The Most Interesting Man In The World

The most interesting man in the world in this political season does not promote Dos Equis brands of beer. Rather it is likely Roger Ailes, CEO of Fox News, with his on again, off again, battles with Mr. Donald J. Trump.

Like Trump, Ailes has a hefty ego, which is now pinned between a rock and a hard place by the Donald. Ailes has built a prosperous business over the years pandering to the very folks who presently form the core of the Trump legions — the Fox faithful.

Unfortunately for Ailes, when Trump has the audacity to attack one of his favorite new anchors, Megyn Kelly, the prideful Ailes feels a needed to strike back hard at the nasty one. This of course infuriates a large segment of Fox’s audience, which no doubt Trump understands. Perhaps Trump is trying to send a message that between he and Ailes that he, Trump, is the bigger dog and that Ailes had better realize that fact. And of course as yet, Ailes refuses to knuckle under to Trumps tactics.

So what are poor Ailes and Fox to do? To keep swinging back at Trump, and thus alienate Fox’s Trump supporting audience, is to court ratings disaster. At the moment Fox’s various program hosts seem to be sending mixed signals, some for, and some against the Donald. The right wing network is like a bull in a China shop, charging this way and that, trapped in an ever-growing pile of irate viewers.

Surely Ailes is praying for this election cycle to quickly end, when hopefully Trump can no longer hold him by the crouch. In reality perhaps both men need each other for different reasons, but it would seem that neither man is willing to concede the alpha male position to the other. And so the war goes on to decide not so much who among them is the most interesting man on the political right but rather which is the most influential.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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