Bill Scher, Politico January 8, 2019 https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/01/07/donald-trump-government-shutdown-223798 Trump is ignoring the polls, calling bad press "fake news." Scher wrote, "On Sunday, he blithely asserted that “many of those people that won’t be receiving a paycheck … agree 100 percent with what I’m doing.” That is a lie. The TV ratings are skewering Trump, though, and he always pays attention to those scoes. "If the shutdown was successfully galvanizing his supporters, you would expect fiery exhortations from Fox News anchors to attract the eyeballs of Trump’s base. But on the first Wednesday and Thursday of the new year, all of Fox News’ prime-time shows scored viewership below their daily averages for 2018. Fox News’ tentpole show, Hannity, which averaged 3.3 million daily viewers in 2018, hasn’t reached 3 million since December 12th, a week before the shutdown began." "Meanwhile, the lefty lineup over at MSNBC performed better last week than its daily 2018 average. In particular, The Rachel Maddow Showpulled in 3.5 million viewers Thursday night, 1 million more than Hannity. Perhaps sensing he doesn’t already have the attention of the television-watching public, Trump is forcing his way on to our screens Tuesday night with his first prime-time Oval Office address." Yup, rowdy Rachel outdrew humpy Hannity by a cool million in one night. 'How can this be? Trump was goaded into the shutdown by conservative media figures like Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh. This is supposed to be a championship bout over Trump’s signature issue, the one that revs up the base like no other. Back in the 2016 primary, Trump admitted to the New York Times editorial board, “You know, if [a rally] gets a little boring, if I see people starting to sort of, maybe thinking about leaving, I can sort of tell the audience, I just say, ‘We will build the wall!’ and they go nuts.” "Trump now faces a similar problem. This time, it’s the shutdown that’s boring. And for once, “We will build the wall” isn’t making it more interesting. Here we are in Day Whateverteenth of the shutdown, and it’s much like the day before. Congressional leaders meet and get nowhere. Democrats insist Trump will never get his wall. Trump treats “steel slats” over concrete as a magnanimous gesture of compromise. All that’s missing is Punxsutawney Phil and Ned Ryerson." The one thing the American voter will never forgive Trump for being: boring. And he is boring and becoming irrelevant. "But without concessions, how could Trump end the shutdown without humiliating himself? First and foremost, Trump is shameless. He’ll assert victory at any time, regardless of the facts. For example, Trump has insisted he has started building new barriers, when all that has happened to date is replacements of existing barriers. (Fourteen miles of new barrier in Texas is scheduled to begin construction next month.)"