Not a whole lot I don’t think. Republicans usually follow democrats and democrats following republicans.
So a republican win was almost a guarantee.
What was surprising is that the republican chosen didn’t win by a landslide.
It was all campaign rhetoric. “Mudslinging”. There’s mudslinging in every campaign season, but the mudslinging from both sides was of epic proportions this time around.
Oh, the same happened in 2000 but it was against Al Gore. Bush was the darling and Gore was the stiff puppet fraud. Bush was the down to earth, “aw shucks” guy but this time with a conservative flavor instead of democrat flavor.
Of course there wasn’t much difference between Clinton and Bush ultimately in their policies, just as as wouldn’t have been much difference between Obama and Clinton had she won.
The media roots for the “sameness” candidate.
I just realized this about a month ago, but the candidate the media roots for is the one that exhibits the most https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communitarianism values.
I never even HEARD of it before a month ago when I tripped over it in a few articles when researching past presidents.
But this is the kind of value system that the media seems to like the best in its candidates.
Looking at older articles to remind myself, most of Fox was supporting the other Repubican candidates, but they _generally_ got behind Trump after he got the nomination.
They only shifted gears Hannity basically became Trump’s spokesperson entirely and this made the news organization look completely biased. [which everybody knew except perhaps its viewers].
That’s when they started behaving more like CNN and such, around the end of October, beginning of November, just before the election.
The media turned against Al Gore after an interview with Wolf Blitzer in 1999 where he said he Invented the internet.
Between that and his strong environmentalist stance (which wasn’t the darling then as it is now, after a few science scares in the past 17 years) – the media wanted a down-to-earth, “relatable” guy. Al Gore was seen as untrustworthy.
Trump was seen as inauthentic *and* untrustworthy by the media but they didn’t take him seriously until the last two/three months of his campaign.
Even then, they didn’t LISTEN to his policies. Then again, they didn’t listen to Al Gore’s either, just mocked his woodenness.
The humiliation Gore received by the media during the campaign and his subsequent loss, led him to leave politics completely and disappear into his activism work, out of the public eye.