Generally speaking, the political primaries during a presidential election season represent a source of daily entertainment for only the most devoted political junkies. In 2016, however, John Ross Jesensky points out that politicians from both sides of the aisle have been a seemingly endless source of entertainment for a much wider segment of the population than one would expect out of a primary season that began with two strong presumptive candidates. Instead, populist and outsider candidates have captured the imaginations of many people who may have never voted before.
Though it is entirely unsustainable for the entertainment industry to continue to be overshadowed by presidential politics, it is nonetheless worth noting just how rare it is for such deep and continuing interest in what is often viewed as a relatively tame process to the typical citizen. So while the entertainment industry will not have to make an adjustment to cater to a sudden political wonkiness among its audience, it is still worth recognizing just how entertaining the candidates, the voters and the issues have been throughout this election cycle so far.