Why The Oprah 2020 Hysteria is Actually Bad News For Democrats – by Seth Connell
At the Golden Globe awards this weekend, Oprah Winfrey offered a very politically charged speech that has Democrats going wild over her. It’s even fueled speculation that she may make a Presidential run in 2020 (despite the fact that she has denied any interest in doing so). Has something changed her mind?
Oprah seems to offer the Democrats what they desperately need: someone who is popular, not a Clinton, very liberal, not a Clinton, successful, and not a Clinton.
In spite of the fact that the Left claimed Donald Trump was not qualified to be President because he was just a TV personality, things are entirely different when it comes to Oprah Winfrey. After all, she’s a big-government liberal, so inexperience is A-okay.
In spite of the excitement over the idea of President Oprah (*eyeroll*), it’s not exactly the silver lining that the Democrats are hoping for after all. Even a CNN congressional correspondent is admitting what should be plainly obvious about the next Presidential election cycle: the Democrats have a very thin bench for 2020.
“Inside Politics” host John King asked if candidates likes Donald Trump and Barack Obama defied predictions, why can’t Oprah Winfrey?
The prognosis is not as good as some are making it out to be, according to Manu Raju. Watch below:
“If we have learned anything in the last 10 years of volatile, changing, quicksand American politics: Never say never,” King said. “Oprah Winfrey?”
“I do think it also speaks to this 2020 campaign for the Democrats is going to be a free-for-all,” Raju answered. “There’s so many people who want to run and the Democrats—there really are not that many who people can see as beating Donald Trump. They have a pretty thin bench at the end of the day.”
With the general trend of political campaigns these days, Raju beleives that Oprah may not be up for the challenge, given the increasingly hostile kinds of campaigns we have seen.
“She is someone who has got universal name recognition, people love her, she has got a lot of money, but the moment she steps into the ring, half the country will probably automatically hate you,” Raju said of Winfrey. “She will have to throw a lot of mud. It’s going to be a nasty, nasty affair.”
At this point, Oprah seems to be the only one whom many Democrats are rallying behind for 2020. She’s not planning on running, as far as we know, but if she does decide to make a go at it, she should not be underestimated.
What the Democrats have going for them right now is their anti-Trump rage. It’s almost like they’re running on pure adrenaline, doing things that no one predicted (like almost flipping the Virginia legislature in last November’s state election).
Granted, Republican incompetence and failure didn’t help the party’s candidates, but the main driver of the election’s outcome was the rage. I literally heard people saying they were voting for anyone with a D next to their name because they were going to fight Trump.
That kind of rage cannot be underestimated. Though there are few viable candidates at this point, it does not mean that no one will rise to the occasion. Thin bench? Yes. But they have the will to win at all costs, and conservatives would be wise to note that going forward.