Oprah Winfrey has remained mostly mum on the subject of her presidential run, despite several clues that she’s looked into it.
For one, she publicly thanked New York Post’s John Podhoretz for the “vote of confidence” when he wrote an article about the queen of daytime talk being the only hope for the Democratic party, linking to the article in the process.
And then, of course, there was her speech at the Golden Globes, which sounded more like a politician’s stump speech than anything.
The amount of political weight Oprah carries without ever having touched politics is enough to get the left excited, especially since they are currently a leaderless amalgamation of radicals, socialists, creepy uncles and whatever species Nancy Pelosi hails from. In other words, it’s not exactly a group that will attract your average Joe and Gina into the voting booths to pull the levers for the left.
But according to Gayle King, Oprah’s longtime friend, Oprah is “intrigued” by the idea of running in 2020, but not yet seriously considering it.
Winfrey confidante Gayle King said on “CBS This Morning” that the 63-year-old celebrity’s past position that she was not interested in running for president remained unchanged.
“I do think she’s intrigued by the idea, I do think that,” King said. “I also know that after years of watching ‘The Oprah (Winfrey) Show’ you always have the right to change your mind. I don’t think at this point she’s actually considering it.”
There is little doubt that Oprah will be approached by almost every mover and shaker for the Democratic party in an attempt to get her to run. She is almost a sure-fire success in terms of campaigning. She widely loved, powerful in her own right, and unlike their last choice, capable of being a human. Compared to her, the other options, such as Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, look like a long slog of spinning gaffes, softening policy positions, and withstanding Trump’s onslaught of catchy names and media savvy.
If you’re the Democrats, Oprah looks like a shortcut to the White House. Even the Trump administration has felt threatened enough that it already issued a statement via the White House that Trump is ready to pick up Oprah’s pristine glove should she throw it down.
Get ready. If Oprah nods, everything changes.