The big news recently is that Oprah could run for president in 2020. It’s definitely preferable to the mess in the White House that we have now. Some caveats though.
While I don’t think she would run on a platform of destruction like the current POTUS, it’s unclear whether or not her unique governing style would be effective, either domestically or when it comes to foreign policy.
Another word of caution is that falling for the illusion of competence due to perceiving celebrity status could lead to its own set of problems. Oprah’s method would be emphasizing (I assume) sympathy and compassion, but would she be able to sway Congress in her favor? Would the legislation that she pushes for be well-thought out? I only say this because it’s my understanding that she lacks previous government experience.
However, lacking experience or cynicism with government isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Having knowledge of the process, of how to enfold policies that do not benefit a president’s voter base in such a way so as to appease them has created a lot of problems–which have accumulated and helped to foster “white grievance politics.” In other words, Oprah’s intentions might rest on a firm foundation of benevolence relative to her predecessors. So that’s good.
Looking back to 2016 though, it seemed clear to me that many Trump voters didn’t have a clear ideology in mind–they simply wanted a change, or were opposed to Hillary Clinton. Even if we were to apply that same framework to Oprah, this doesn’t automatically mean that she would be a poor choice for candidate. Sometimes, poor reasons for voting don’t equate to an incompetent president.
While Trump has dug the US into a deep ditch, is Oprah the best choice? She might end up continuing the narrative of a candidate that succeeds because of being perceived as “the lesser of two evils.”
Obama represented change. Trump succeeded and continued the theme. Will Oprah? If nothing else, she might be the only person able to galvanize enough liberal voters to oust Donald Trump. Biden doesn’t have the charisma.