Before I go back to my nap -- something useful to do when one has recently returned from home after surgery -- let me pose a question that puzzles me.
This year, there was a 40% drop-off in viewership of the Republican convention. I can easily account for part of this. Americans are sick of the talking heads, and they do not trust them one iota. Nielsen does not include C-Span, where one can watch the convention gavel to gavel without mediation. Nor does it register those watching on YouTube, where one can view the whole shebang. And they miss out on the folks who watch the networks from a computer feed. All of this could perhaps account for a drop of 10% or 15% or even 20%. But 40%? I think not.
So what else is in play? One possibility is disgust with both parties. The Gallup poll registering what percentage of Americans view each party favorably and unfavorably, which I discussed a few days ago, indicates that, for the first time since Gallup began doing these polls, the Republicans are doing better than the Democrats. But it also shows that neither party is doing well at all. The majority of registered voters view both parties unfavorably, and this suggests that viewership may be down because a great many Americans wish a plague on both of their houses. It is not the right attitude, but you cannot blame them much -- for neither party has been especially responsible in its stewardship of our affairs.
Even after saying what I have just said, however, I have this gnawing feeling in my gut that there is something that I am missing. Something big, perhaps. Any ideas?