Democrat: Our Best Hope in 2020 is Oprah
By Jim Sterling
America, what have we done? Have we crossed a line we cannot come back from? Are we now in the age of celebrity politicians? Has our worship of all that is on TV finally infected our political systems? With Donald Trump in the White House, such prognostications have already been flying. But many of us hoped it was an aberration. Now we see a possible Kid Rock Senate run on the horizon and several celebrity names being tossed around for 2020.
What will it take for the Democrats to defeat Trump in 2020? If they’re smart, they’ll nominate a middle of the road moderate who will campaign on a message of uniting a divided country. Just let Trump beat himself like he would have done if the Dems hadn’t nominated the worst candidate in history. Or, you the Dems can match crazy with crazy and double-down on America’s blunder. They could nominate their own celebrity figure and we could have an election devoid of any facts or reason.
It seems the party is probably going to go with the latter. While buzz surrounding a potential Mark Zuckerberg run in 2020 continues, some Dems have found another celebrity hero to champion. Someone they say is the mirror opposite of Donald Trump. Self-made television icon and billionaire, Oprah Winfrey.
A New York Post writer not only called on Dems to rally behind an Oprah 2020 ticket but flat out told them that they had to stop supporting traditional (i.e. experienced, intelligent, and rational) candidates and get down into the celebrity mud with Republicans.
“We’re through the looking glass here. America is discarding old approaches in politics. Democrats will have to do the same to match the mood to the moment,” John Podhoretz wrote. “And that’s where Oprah Winfrey comes in. She is the mirror image of Trump, but more so. Of course, she’s female and he’s male; she’s America’s generous aunt and he’s America’s crazy uncle. And yes, she’s black and he’s white, she’s liberal and he’s whatever he is.”
The question then becomes, if Democrats feel Trump is unqualified, how is Oprah fit to lead the nation?
“It goes beyond that. He’s rich and she’s rich, but she made her $3 billion herself and with no controversy. She is, in herself, the embodiment of the American Dream. He got famous from TV, and so did she, but she became vastly more famous and vastly more successful at it.”
It’s absolutely true that Oprah is an impressive, self-made billionaire who overcame impressive odds. She is an embodiment of the American Dream. And yet, she is still wholly unqualified to be president.
Trump presidency is managing to disappoint many of his own supporters while angering everyone else. He has a dismal approval rating. He’s aging. The chances of him running and winning again are slim. But if the Dems get in their own way again and nominate the wrong person, Trump will win a second term.