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Oprah 2020? Think Again

Published on January 15, 2018


Oprah 2020? Think Again

By Rob Quin

Mimicking Trump’s ‘hallucinatory circus act’ is a bad idea, columnist says.

(NEWSER) – After Oprah Winfrey’s rousing speech at the Golden Globes, some people are talking at least semi-seriously about an Oprah White House bid—while others are calling it a terrible idea.

Paul Waldman at the Washington Post says Oprah 2020 supporters should “take a breath” and realize that to take on President Trump, the Democrats should choose somebody who has both charisma and the experience to be president.

He warns that an Oprah bid could suck up all the media’s attention the way Trump’s campaign did in 2016.

It’s not impossible that she could be a worthy candidate, but “we should all be extremely skeptical unless and until she shows us why, beyond just being rich and famous, she’d actually make a good president,” he writes.

Thomas Chatterton Williams at the New York Times argues that if the last year has shown us anything, it is “that experience, knowledge, education, and political wisdom matter tremendously”—and that celebrities do not make good heads of state.

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