We can all breathe at least one sigh of relief: Oprah Winfrey is not planning on running for political office in 2020. It will not be Trump vs. Winfrey in 2020 (who could have predicted that would even be a consideration just a few years ago?).
Earlier this year, we reported that the celebrity was fueling speculation about possibly running for the White House.
Appearing on Bloomberg television, Oprah shared her thoughts with an anxious world:
“So, have you ever thought that – given the popularity that you have – and that we haven’t actually broken the glass ceiling yet for women – that you could actually run for president and actually be elected?”
As the audience cheered adoringly, Oprah stared into the camera with a rather sinister grin on her face. She began speaking … “I …” then stopped as the audience laughed.
“I never considered the question, even a possibility,” she said. “I just thought ‘oh!’”
Even as late as last month, she hinted at the possibility she may run by saying “Thanks for your VOTE of confidence!” when a New York Post writer claimed she represented the best hope for the Democrats in 2020.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) September 28, 2017
However, she ended that speculation definitively on Wednesday, saying that she will not run for public office.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 18, 2017
“There will be no running for office of any kind for me,” Winfrey said on CBS This Morning.
Oprah said that she thought the hosts wanted to talk about her new 60 Minutes piece, but apparently they were more interested in who is going to try and lead #TheResistance into the White House in three years.
New York Post writer John Podhoretz claimed last month that Oprah was Trunp’s best competition.
If any figure in the United States bears watching over the next couple of years as our political culture continues the radical transformation that led to the election of Donald Trump, it’s Oprah. I believe she’s uniquely positioned, should she wish to commit herself, to seek the Democratic nomination for president and challenge Trump in 2020.
If you think that Trump can be beaten by a two-term governor of a Midwestern state with really good ideas about health care, or by a senator who really attracts young people, think again. The idea that a relatively conventional elected official will differentiate herself from Trump by dint of her seriousness or that an unconventional elected official can out-populist Trump is crazy.
If you need to set a thief to catch a thief, you need a star — a grand, outsized, fearless star whom Trump can neither intimidate nor outshine — to catch a star. 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 […]
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.
So Oprah is apparently out of the equation. But who else is going to take up the resistance? Kamala Harris? Jerry Brown? Elizabeth Warren?
H/T The Hill