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O? No. The celebrity presidency

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January 09. 2018 11:34PM




Jerry Springer was a politician before he became a television star.

Those were the good old days.

Within seconds of a pretty good speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday, Oprah Winfrey was the Democrats’ leading challenger to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.

Winfrey has denied any interest in running, which has not slowed speculation. Columnist Jennifer Horn explores Winfrey’s prospects.

Donald Trump won in 2016 because of name recognition, a cult of personality, and running against Hillary Clinton.

Could Winfrey win in 2020 because of name recognition, a cult of personality, and running against Donald Trump?

Sure, why not? But that doesn’t mean it would be a good idea.

Donald Trump was not qualified for the office he now holds. Having failed to beat him, his political opponents should not join him by promoting another unqualified celebrity candidate.

Winfrey has built an impressive entertainment empire. She would certainly overwhelm the gaggle of charismatically-challenged liberal senators currently flirting with a White House run.

We would prefer presidential candidates with track records of executive experience. A knowledge of federal issues and a proven temperament would also be nice.

We must not let the race for the White House become a recurring reality show, in which we pick a new celebrity to entertain us for four more years.


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