Well, that trial balloon was a dud.
In the search for a popular personality to counter President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race, one name that was floated for public perusal was television icon, Oprah Winfrey. For a little over a week, polls have been run, results have been tabulated and skewed and now the woman who rose from poverty in Mississippi says she’s not interested.
Oprah Winfrey has told the US magazine InStyle that she does not “have the DNA” to be US president.
She had been widely touted as a future Democratic contender for the 2020 elections after a rousing speech at the Golden Globes earlier this month.
But she told InStyle: “I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not.
“And so it’s not something that interests me.”
Well, that’s a relief. The last thing we need is (another) president who really isn’t interested in the job. We had eight years of that, and are slowly recovering from it.
While this report has Oprah taking back her hankie from the ring, the Democrats are no less in need of a candidate that can compete, and do so relatively scandal-free. With all the news out of the swamp we call our nation’s capital swirling around the Democratic Party and its members, this is going to be no easy task. And it looks like they are going to go the same route that Republicans (really, the people more than the party) did in finding a political outsider to counter the success of President Donald Trump.
The Oprah Winfrey trial balloon is most likely the first such attempt to determine if that route will work for Democrats. Only time will tell if this strategy is a winning one, or if President Trump was really a once in a lifetime opportunity.