It’s been just over a week since Fox News “parted ways” with Tucker Carlson.
But it’s apparently just now starting to sink in with the ruling class elites that despite his ouster he’s still the most influential person in American media.
And the ruling class elites are in total panic that Tucker Carlson is about to pull off a stunning post-Fox News second act.
One of the lingering questions left in the wake of Fox News’ decision to ax Tucker Carlson is what the most popular primetime cable news host in America will do next.
There’s still a contract dispute to work out with Fox News’ executives – and plenty of attorneys – as the network still owes Carlson the remainder of his contract that runs through the 2024 election, and so long as he’s under contract, he reportedly can’t take a job at another network.
Although, while it would certainly be a shrewd business decision to keep Carlson on the sidelines through next November, odds are the two sides will reach an agreement that frees the host up.
Whether that happens or not, though, Carlson does still have other opportunities he could pursue outside the media landscape to occupy his time through 2024 – and potentially beyond.
That fact is also apparently starting to sit in with the ruling class elites, as the founder of the pro-Biden, anti-working class Lincoln Project, Rick Wilson – who, for some reason, continues to carry on the charade that he’s a “Republican” – recently told The Guardian he’s viewing the shakeup at Fox News through the prism of what the “worst-case scenario” could be.
And according to Wilson, that “worst-case scenario” would involve the “political celebrity” Carlson using the fervor amongst tens of millions of working class Americans over his firing to mount a 2024 Presidential campaign as the “martyr” he claims conservatives crave.
“Tucker is one of the very small number of political celebrities in this country who has the name ID, the personal wealth, the stature to actually declare and run for president and in a Republican primary run in the same track Donald Trump did: the transgressive, bad boy candidate, the one who lets you say what you want to say, think what you want to think, act how you want to act, no matter how grotesque it is,” Wilson claimed.
“Among Republicans, he’s a beloved figure,” he continued. “He’s right now in the Republican universe a martyr – and there ain’t nothing they want more than a martyr.”
For his part, Carlson has previously been adamant that he has “zero ambition” to be anything more than a talk show host – he simply loves being able to say what he really thinks.
“I have zero ambition, not just politically, but in life,” Carlson previously said when asked about potentially making a White House run. “My ambition is to write my script by 8 p.m. […] I don’t want power, I’ve never wanted power — I’m annoyed by things, I want them to change — but I’ve never been motivated by a desire to control people.”
“I’m not running,” he added. “I’m a talk show host! And I enjoy my job, by the way. What a blessing it is to say what you really think. Only women can get pregnant, I dare you to say that.”
But now that he no longer has that job he so enjoyed, and with the real life version of the Roy family from HBO’s Succession potentially in a position to keep him off TV news through 2024, it’s possible he could reconsider.
Regardless of what he decides, just having the ruling class elites in a total panic over what he might do next has to be incredibly satisfying for Tucker Carlson to see.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.