In a recent article in the New York Post, author John Podhoretz posed an interesting hypothesis. His hypothesis is the Democrats’ best hope for 2020 might be Oprah. In the age of the celebrity politician, Podhoretz might be on to something. Oprah is a trusted household name and adored by millions; especially women that have been loyal Oprah customers for years.
Now, I’m no fan of Oprah. Obviously, I’m not her demographic. But there is one thing that I do know, is that I grew up watching Oprah because my stay-at-home mother watched Oprah every day. Many people my age and younger grew up watching Oprah. This multi-generation appeal that Oprah has could, if she decides to run, be a deadly combination for President Trump.
I believe that if Oprah does run she will be the Democratic nominee, and she will have an excellent chance to win. The reason she could win is not based upon her popularity but her message.
If any figure in the United States bears watching over the next couple of years as our political culture continues the radical transformation that led to the election of Donald Trump, it’s Oprah. I believe she’s uniquely positioned, should she wish to commit herself, to seek the Democratic nomination for president and challenge Trump in 2020.
On Thursday night, Winfrey on her Twitter account promoted a column from the New York Post’s John Podhoretz that called her the Democrats’ best hope for 2020.
“Thanks for your VOTE of confidence!” she told Podhoretz, whose column effusively praised her performance while interviewing Michigan voters on “60 Minutes” last weekend.
“And that’s where Oprah Winfrey comes in. She is the mirror image of Trump, but more so. Of course, she’s female and he’s male; she’s America’s generous aunt and he’s America’s crazy uncle.”
Podhoretz rightly pointed out:
“in 1993 she dropped the bleak stuff and turned her show into a parade of the positive, with happy celebrity interactions and relentless guidance toward self-actualization (“be your best self”).
You see, this is key to her possible political success. Her “be your best self” message is a successful message. So successful that some of the largest churches and most famous pastors today are spreading this exact message. Take, for example, Joel Osteen and his bestselling book, “Your Best Life Now.” He has sold millions of copies of this book, including having written six other New York Times Best Sellers. He is seen by over seven million viewers weekly in over 100 counties as well as a 24 hour a day Sirius XM Satellite Radio channel.
Be like Trump
Oprah’s message and that of so-called Christian pastors like Joel Osteen have influenced millions of people. People don’t want the actual biblical message of suffering for righteousness sake. Putting the needs of others above themselves. They want to live their best life now and be their best self. They want to be like Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is the male version of Oprah. He’s a billionaire, lives the good life, has buildings with his name on them, and marries the most beautiful women in the world. He is a man’s man. His message of Make America Great Again is part of his shtick. The “You’re Fired” act of being strong and powerful makes you want to believe in him. He makes you feel like you could be just like him. If only he were president he would make your life, your best life now. He did it for himself, why couldn’t he do it for you and America?
Hope and Change
People are desperate for hope and change. People believed Obama could deliver on that message. When he couldn’t deliver after eight years, people want a new hope and change. They went with Donald Trump. People long for true hope and stability and are so eager to have it they will lie to themselves and convince themselves that the next inspirational leader that comes along will be the Messiah they have been hoping for.
I don’t know what 2020 has in store. What I do know is that Oprah and her message has and is resonating with millions of Americans and she could be the next celebrity politician to deceive the American people. We shall see.