Oprah steals the show

Oprah steals the show

In today's politics, never say never.

Wow. That was some Sunday night at the Golden Globes.

It started with honoring the best actress in the category of left-handed, cross-dressing man in the comedy/science fiction/drama niche and ended up with the nomination of a candidate for the 2020 presidential election.

We're talking, of course, about Oprah. You know, the Oprah, as in "run, Oprah, run."

Speaking to a crowd of vacuous Hollywood celebrities who take themselves too seriously, television talk-show host and hugely successful businesswoman Oprah Winfrey gave a stem-winder of a speech denouncing all things not nice.

In the blink of an eye, Winfrey not only had audience members describing how impressed they were but declaring that she just has to — absolutely has to — run for president, presumably as a Democrat.

That was the opinion of Meryl Streep, the noted political analyst, part-time actress and adoring fan of movie-producer-turned-Hollywood-villain Harvey Weinstein.

"I don't think she had any intention of declaring. But now she doesn't have a choice," Streep said.

Frankly, that's a bit hard to swallow. Does Oprah really want to campaign in those cold, nasty Iowa caucuses two years from now? And there are all those icky issues — North Korea, interest rates, foreign tariffs and trade — to study.

Well, anything is possible. After all, the election of celebrity businessman and television host Donald Trump proved that not only all bets are off when it comes to presidential politics, but all political predictions as well.

Commentators were quick to note strengths Winfrey would bring to the campaign.

Josh Earnest, press secretary to President Barack Obama, argued that Winfrey has proven credibility with voters because "her public endorsement of then-candidate Obama in late 2007 was persuasive and helpful."

Tom Jensen, a director of Public Policy Polling who opined that "Oprah is perhaps a little more likable than Hillary" Clinton, conducted a poll showing Winfrey with a 47 percent to 40 percent lead over Trump. (How many pollsters have the foresight to conduct that sort of political comparison?)

Even the president has demonstrated his admiration for Winfrey.

When he was contemplating his run for the presidency in 2015, Trump told reporters that he'd welcome Winfrey as his vice presidential running mate.

"I'd love to have Oprah. I think we'd win easily," Trump said.

Given the rage Hollywood types feel for the abrasive Trump, that sort of political marriage seems unlikely. But politics in this country long ago made the transition from tragedy to comedy to farce. So everyone will just have to wait and see.

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