Does Anybody Actually Want Oprah For President?

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Published on: 2018.01.12

Derpity Derp
Found on my Facebook newsfeed yesterday.

I’ve seen a few posts and memes from conservatives, poking fun at liberals for wanting Oprah Winfrey to be president. And I’ve seen plenty of posts from liberals and moderates clearly saying they DON’T want Winfrey to be president. What I haven’t actually seen is any rank-and-file liberal saying she should run for president.

The closest I’ve seen are posts in the vein of my own: “I don’t want Winfrey to run for president, but if she does, and if it comes down to Winfrey versus Trump, then I would vote for Winfrey.”

The meme screenshot posted here is just an example, from someone who might be related to an in-law of mine.

The same peope (sic) whining about a billionaire reality TV star in the White House… want a billionaire reality TV star in the White House.”

One. Show me just one person who complains about Donald Trump because he’s a “billionaire reality TV star” and ALSO wants Winfrey to run for president. I’ll wait. Okay did you find one? Okay, you found a stupid person — or a hypocrite: congratulations. I still haven’t found someone who says both those things (assuming by “peope” you meant “people”).

I did see an article in which other celebrities and Republican strategists encouraged an Winfrey candidacy.

But what I also saw were engaged political pundits saying “no” to such an idea. An op-ed in the New York Times (here). An opinion piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (here). And many more.

I’m 100% convinced that almost every cable news outlet wants her to run. They LOVED the increase in ratings they got when Donald J. Trump entered the ring. Listen: Cable TV “news” channels do not have your best interests at heart. Some of their reporters might be good people, and some of the companies might be mostly honest. But their bottom line is ratings and ad dollars.

Also, no informed person’s primary complaint about Trump is that he’s a “billionaire reality TV star”. We complain that he’s incompetent. We complain that he’s racist. We complain that he appears to be suffering from cognitive malfunction. We complain that the policies he promotes are horrible, racist, disastrous, needlessly expensive, or worse. An $18 billion ineffective “wall” (fence). Massive tax cuts for the obscenely wealthy. The “Muslim ban” that targeted the wrong countries (ignoring the countries that actually do sponsor terrorism). The attempted reversal of our military’s acceptance of transgender men and women. The spine-tingling tweets about nuclear Armageddon. The retweeting of white supremacist accounts. The public racist statements. The tacit approval of Nazis. The regular condemnation of peaceful protests. And so on.

I wrote four months ago that we shouldn’t automatically dismiss a candidate simply because they’re a celebrity — and I still think so. But I said it in the context of American voters *already* tending toward electing celebrities. I didn’t say Winfrey should run. I accepted the possibility that she might.

I’m going on record here:

* Oprah Winfrey would not be an ideal president.

* I don’t want Oprah Winfrey to run for president.

* If the final choice in 2020 turned out to be Winfrey v. Trump, I would vote for Winfrey with zero hesitation.

You see, I don’t get to determine whether Winfrey runs for president. And I also don’t get to determine whether she’ll be the nominee of a major party. If I had a say in either of those decisions, I would say “no”. And, to be completely accurate, I won’t have a say in the November 2020 election either. Every single one of Texas’ electoral college votes will go to whichever Republican is on the ballot. I could vote for Winfrey all day long, and it won’t affect a thing.

Who do I want? That’s another question for another day.

1 Comment
  1. Dana says:

    “I don’t want Winfrey to run for president, but if she does, and if it comes down to Winfrey versus Trump, then I would vote for Winfrey.”


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