On the one hand:
One of our favorite (non-TMD) morning newsletters the past several years has been James Hohmann’s ‘Daily 202’ for the Washington Post. Yesterday was his last time at the helm, as he moves on to the Post’s opinion section. In his final edition, Hohmann noted that former President Trump will not be able to maintain the iron grip on the news cycle that President Trump did for the last five years. “Even after leaving office, Trump will continue to be a top story because of his impending Senate trial,” he writes. “If history is any guide, though, attention will eventually fade. The country will probably move on sooner than many people suspect. Twitter banning the outgoing president has had a dramatic impact that might be a harbinger of what’s to come. … Newspapers will no longer have a journalistic duty to cover every pronouncement from a former president. Neither will cable television, especially if Trump does not generate the ratings he once did.”
On the other hand:
I have felt that the way in which newspapers raked over every aspect of Adolf Hitler’s life and personality since the end of the war shows that they really have missed him; they now have no one to play anti-Christ against the bourgeois righteousness they represent.
Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences
Will the press miss Trump too much to let him fade away? I don’t trust history as a guide on this because historically, our Ex-President’s haven’t been such extreme limelight junkies. Frankly, it will depend on whether he still attracts eyes and clicks.