I know the Left

12 Jan

is wetting themselves in excitement over the prospect of an Oprah! Presidency, but they need to get a grip. Oprah has said some pretty dang extreme things, like saying that old people just need to die in order to achieve her racial dream. Watch the video. Holy crap she is scary when she says that! Look, you can say things as a celebrity that you just can’t as a politician.

But I’m not at all sure that she would be that formidable as a candidate. ┬áStill, the problem is that the cupboard is pretty bare for the Democrats. Trump was a celebrity, yes. But he was unusual in several different ways. The lesson here is NOT that celebrity is an overriding factor. So Oprah has shown some real Hollywood chops. It is really unknown whether she also has political chops (that’s why you usually hold multiple elected offices first). The mistake is not to realize that Trump had both, and just to assume that Trump’s celebrity chops and his political chops were the same thing is to go far astray.

Oprah has feet of clay. She is rich and famous because she is vacuously sympathetic and charming and gives cars away. She is quite skilled in some important ways, and her businesses have done extraordinarily well. I don’t doubt her business acumen. Dolly Parton is much the same way. It is admirable.

But the first time she takes a stand that is less popular than giving someone a car, what will happen? And what will happen when she has to go “off script” for a left-field “Joe-the-Plumber question while at the same time being under attack? How will she respond to substantive criticism after a lifetime of being lauded?

Actually, being a talk-show host is not bad training for politics. But her show is far too predictable and scripted and not at all challenging, least of all to her. Being a radio talk-show host who takes whatever caller gets through is much better, but this is a continuum.

You only grow when you are challenged. And I really don’t think Oprah has been challenged much in the last 30 years.


Posted in Politics

  1. Oregonian

    January 14, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Plus there’s the the fact that TV stars make lousy presidents.

    • Gregor Mendel

      January 14, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      Not necessarily, but it is true that those are two different skill sets. Just because they are good at one does not mean that they will be good at the other.