That's what the Hollywood Reporter suspects. Everyone knows that comedians and pundits do better when their opponents are in power, but the industry rag astutely points out that almost the entirety of Jon Stewart's stint as host of the Daily Show has been under the Bush administration. He and Stephen Colbert are heading into uncharted territory:
Bill O'Reilly, Matt Drudge, Limbaugh and other conservative stars rose to power during the eight years of the Clinton administration. Over the past eight years of Republican rule, such entertainers as Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert and Al Franken were able to make the jump to the big time on the backs of White House blunders. That means if Obama converts his lead in the polls to a victory, the next four years could bring these stars back to earth and vault others into the stratosphere.
"The people who have the most trouble will be people like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert," one network late-night producer told HR. "It's very hard to rail against the machine when you helped support the machine. They're going to have to find a different dynamic." Uh-oh, Britney. Better not get too used to these days of peace and quiet.