Move over, George McGovern. Stand aside, Walter Mondale. There could be a new low bar for Democrat Party presidential nominee, and her name is Oprah Winfrey.
Now, sure, McGovern and Mondale got 20 electoral votes and carried two states. Combined. However, if Democrats really want to see failure in action, they should coalesce around a fading talk show host with no policy and little business experience whose interest in the political sphere seems to have come about extremely recently. That sounds like a recipe for success if I’ve ever heard one.
In this, the president seems to share my view — and during a Saturday Pennsylvania campaign rally for state Rep. Rick Saccone, who is running for a seat in Congress — he encouraged Oprah to run against him, saying that it would be a “painful” experience for her.”
“I would love Oprah to win. I would love to beat Oprah. I know her weakness,” Trump told the audience.
“Wouldn’t we love to run against Oprah? I would love it. I would love it. That would be a painful experience for her.”
Trump: "I would love Oprah to run. I would love to beat Oprah. I know her weakness." pic.twitter.com/AFT8aDKd5h
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 11, 2018
The president also noted the irony in that he had appeared on her show a number of times before.
“I know her very well. I was on her last show, or one of the last, the last week,” Trump said.
“She had Donald Trump, and Donald Trump’s family. My, my, my, we have come down a long way, haven’t we,” he added.
Trump didn’t say what he thought Winfrey’s weakness was, but one might glean a hint from a tweet Trump issued after Winfrey’s appearance on “60 Minutes.”
“Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes,” Trump tweeted after the February appearance. “The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect.”
“Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!”
Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2018
Now, granted, it wasn’t as if Donald Trump came into office with a plethora of political experience. He was the outsider’s outsider. But he at least had some knowledge of business and the political sphere. If Oprah has this kind of lived experience, she certainly hasn’t demonstrated it during her ersatz exploratory period. What we’ve heard from her are general platitudes; most of these are of the liberal variety, but some of them are so general even the staunchest conservative could ascribe to them.
This body of bromides will certainly make you feel good if you’re of a certain political inclination. However, in what sense do you see it being anything resembling a coherent strategy for America? How effective is it going to be against a four-year president who savors the political fight more than anything else? That alone should be enough to scare Oprah — especially if Trump is intimately familiar with her weaknesses.
Good luck, Oprah. You’re going to need it.
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