Two sources close to the queen of talk show, Oprah Winfrey confirmed that the television personality was ‘actively considering’ a run for the US Presidency in 2020, CNN reported on Monday.
Many individuals close to Oprah have been urging her to run and the conversation about her possible bid for the Presidency has been active for several months.
While many social media users have expressed optimism at the possibility of a Winfrey candidacy, analysts have pointed out that Americans might be sceptical in electing a TV star twice in a row.
Nonetheless, the prospect of a candidate Winfrey indicates good news for the Democratic party.
Here are just some of the many reasons why this unprecedented move for the party of Obama may assist the Democrats in taking back the White House in 2020:
- Oprah is a political outsider
While being an outsider ten years ago might have decimated any chance of victory, the global political landscape has turned in favour of inexperienced political office hopefuls.
Assuming that President Trump will be running for reelection in 2020 (pending the outcome of the Russia special counsel investigation), it would be a wholly ideal match for the Democrats to put up another outsider against Trump.
There is no doubt that the President will most likely campaign on a similar platform to his 2016 message – pledging his objective of draining the swamp from establishment politicians and organisations in order to liberate the predominately white working class.
Oprah’s candidacy will compromise the President’s desire to claim to being the only nominee outside of the mainstream political dispensation.
- Democrats need a radical change in leadership
The Democratic Party is still hampering in their quest for a unified and comprehensive identity after their distraught 2016 loss. While the Doug Jones win is worthy of celebration, 2020 will cover a wider spectrum of voters – not just traditional conservatives in a ruby red state.
Oprah will provide that fresh and unifying figure that Democrats so badly crave but can’t seem to capture. Her nomination will also douse any animosity among Bernie supporters of another Wall Street neoliberal leading the left.
- She’s a woman
Some on the right and centre left might argue that America is just not ready for a female President.
Those 65.8 million voters who cast their support for Clinton do not agree.
Democrats should not surrender the hope of electing the first female president. This the party that has always claimed to be the political body of minorities – it would be foolhardy not to at least entertain the idea of electing another female for the nomination.
- She’s African-American
Again, this supports the idea that Democrats are for minorities. Electing an African-American will work – why wouldn’t it – landslide victories in 2008 and 2012 for Obama prove that America is not scared of a person of colour in the White House.
But here’s the real whammy – if Oprah were to actually run, secure the Democratic nomination and then win in November, it will not only be a true liberal victory electing a person of colour female candidate, but also having that same candidate defeat the man who had insulted such minorities during his first run.
It will a be true victory for the left and reinforce their agenda of an inclusive and equal America.
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