Opinion Republicans Should Fear an Oprah 2020 Campaign

19:32  12 january  2018
19:32  12 january  2018 Source:   U.S. News & World Report

Trump spokesman on Oprah 2020 run: We welcome all comers.

  Trump spokesman on Oprah 2020 run: We welcome all comers. <p>President Donald Trump's spokesman welcomed Oprah Winfrey to the 2020 presidential race, sort of.</p>Hogan Gidley, a deputy White House press secretary, was asked by reporters aboard Air Force One on Monday about the bubble of speculation surrounding Winfrey, the left-leaning entertainment mogul, after her rousing speech on Sunday at the Golden Globes awards ceremony.

The GOP Should Fear Oprah . She's compelling, likable and nearly impossible to attack, so Republicans should hope she doesn't run. The best chance Republicans have against an Oprah 2020 campaign is to get on their knees every day between now and then, and pray to God that she

*** ‘She should consider running’ Jim Messina was campaign manager for Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign . As the author of “The Serious Case For Oprah 2020 ,” you might think I’d simply say “yes.”

The Associated Press: FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, Oprah Winfrey listens in the East Room of the White House in Washington, during a ceremony where President Barack Obama awarded Presidential Medals of Freedom. Faced with the presidential buzz surrounding Oprah Winfrey, President Donald Trump is steering clear of nasty nicknames and colorful insults, though he’s making clear who would win a celebrity showdown. “I’ll beat Oprah,” Trump said at a White House meeting Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, Oprah Winfrey listens in the East Room of the White House in Washington, during a ceremony where President Barack Obama awarded Presidential Medals of Freedom. Faced with the presidential buzz surrounding Oprah Winfrey, President Donald Trump is steering clear of nasty nicknames and colorful insults, though he’s making clear who would win a celebrity showdown. “I’ll beat Oprah,” Trump said at a White House meeting Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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Poll: Oprah outperforms Warren, Gillibrand among Dems against Trump

  Poll: Oprah outperforms Warren, Gillibrand among Dems against Trump Oprah Winfrey leads Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in hypothetical primary matchups, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult survey. Load Error The media mogul holds a four-point lead over Warren, with 39 percent choosing Winfrey and 35 percent favoring the Massachusetts Democrat, according to the poll.In a head-to-head matchup against Gillibrand, Winfrey's lead grows - 44 percent to 23 percent - the survey found.But other potential Democratic presidential candidates still hold a lead over Winfrey, particularly former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

President Trump is being ill served by a White House political operation that lacks the influence and acumen to effectively guide the West Wing and build a solid foundation for reelection in 2020 , Republican insiders say.

But much of the Oprah 2020 chatter ignores the hard realities of running for president, even for one of the nation’s best-known celebrities. John Kasich, both Republicans . Weaver also questioned whether voters would see a “ campaign run out of Bel-Air” as a suitable antidote to Trump’s disruptive

At the Golden Globes on Sunday, Oprah Winfrey shocked the political system by giving a speech that suggested she might have higher aspirations than actress, talk show host and business mogul.

She spoke to women. Women who have felt silenced or powerless in the workplace because of the actions of a handful of corrupt men. She spoke to people of color. People who have felt excluded from opportunities because of stereotyping or typecasting that left them on the fringes of the main event in our culture. She spoke to America. An America that is tired, frustrated, at odds with one another, even in their own families, because events and players in Washington have pulled us apart at the seams.

She never spoke about policy. There was no mention of a wall, whether to build one or not to build one. There was no mention of abortion, taxes or nuclear arms. There was just Oprah, talking from her heart.

Trump thinks he could easily beat Sanders in 2020 match-up: report

  Trump thinks he could easily beat Sanders in 2020 match-up: report President Trump has been saying that he could easily defeat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) if he challenged him in 2020, Politico reported Monday. Trump has been speculating with aides and other Republicans about which Democrat will run against him for the presidency, but has dismissed Sanders as a viable candidate. Load Error The president has said that Sanders, 76, won't have the energy for a second presidential bid, but that he could easily beat the Vermont independent if he decides to run again. Trump will be 74 at the time of the election.

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January 9, 2018 adminLeave a Comment on Oprah Should Run — for Governor of Wisconsin. Team Blue might not need her formidable assets in 2020 , but they could sorely use them at the state level this fall. Republicans hold 33 of America’s governor’s mansions.

As I watched her speech, it didn't strike me as intentionally "political". It struck me that Oprah had a message to share and she wanted to make an impact, but she wasn't thinking in terms of ambitions for the presidency. But she spoke to America in that unique Oprah way and America remembered her and realized that it has missed her.

Immediately the lightbulbs started going off over the heads of those who long for someone who could go toe to toe with Donald Trump and buzz about her running for president swept the country. Her longtime partner, Stedman Graham and her best friend Gayle King did nothing to silence the buzz, both seeming to suggest it was something she might consider.

I noticed many Republicans immediately trying to pour cold water on her potential candidacy by suggesting that Oprah is just another liberal and that her policy positions would ultimately sink her once they came to light. But those people are missing something significant about Oprah: She's Oprah.

Democrats nominate Oprah by acclamation

  Democrats nominate Oprah by acclamation It's estimated that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders combined to spend $326 million competing for the Democratic nomination in 2016. But it may not be so expensive in 2020. Democrats have figured out how to do it a lot cheaper, next time around: no primary, no contest, no national convention. Just nominate Oprah Winfrey by acclamation.That's the buzz sweeping the Democratic Party today. Ever since her speech at the Golden Globes, Democrats nationwide have been positively swooning over Oprah: hoping, pleading, begging her to run for president in 2020 against Donald Trump. Meryl Streep is leading the charge.

Celebrities and Fans Agree - Oprah 2020 Is a must! But what would those against her campaign say? So she'd certainly need to win California - or Texas if she somehow ran as a Republican . It began with an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1996, amid widespread fears of so-called mad

And if it comes down to Oprah vs. Trump, Republicans should keep a wary eye on the ratings Here is an error I will confess: Having long expected a celebrity-driven personality-cult presidential campaign to emerge among Democrats, I did not fully appreciate how much more powerful a

She might be just a better version of Hillary on paper, but presidential campaigns aren't run on paper. (And it should be said, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and, but for a few thousand votes in about five states, would have won the electoral college too. A slightly better version of Clinton might be enough to beat Trump.)

Presidential campaigns are won in the hearts of voters. Since Kennedy and Nixon ran against each other in the dawn of the TV era, the more likeable candidate has won in virtually every presidential election. And people don't just like Oprah, they love her. For several generations of women, like me, she was a part of our lives. She came into our living room every day and taught us about relationships, child abuse, racism and politics. She taught us how to take care of our bodies, how to cook good food and she shared her struggles with body image in a way that made her relatable to all of us. She shared her friendships with famous people and got them to share with us, so we felt like they were our friends. And once a year, she shared with us her favorite things.

Democrats nominate Oprah by acclamation

  Democrats nominate Oprah by acclamation It's estimated that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders combined to spend $326 million competing for the Democratic nomination in 2016. But it may not be so expensive in 2020. Democrats have figured out how to do it a lot cheaper, next time around: no primary, no contest, no national convention. Just nominate Oprah Winfrey by acclamation.That's the buzz sweeping the Democratic Party today. Ever since her speech at the Golden Globes, Democrats nationwide have been positively swooning over Oprah: hoping, pleading, begging her to run for president in 2020 against Donald Trump. Meryl Streep is leading the charge.

As talk of an Oprah Winfrey presidential campaign continues to grow, oddsmakers have taken notice — and they appear to like her Currently, Oprah is listed at 8/1 to win the White House at the offshore betting site 5dimes — meaning a 0 bet would win you 0 should she take the presidency in 2020 .

January 10, 2018 adminLeave a Comment on Oprah Should Run — for Governor of Wisconsin. Team Blue might not need her formidable assets in 2020 , but they could sorely use them at the state level this fall. Republicans hold 33 of America’s governor’s mansions.

She made us feel good. And America is longing to feel good again.

Oprah represents a time when we weren't exhausted by the news. A time when we could talk to family and friends about current events without a fight breaking out over the dinner table. She has a natural ability to get people to lay down their arms and consider a different point of view. Don't believe me? Watch the shows where she invites white supremacists for a sit down.

And she is just as compelling one on one. In 2012, I met Oprah and King when they came to the Romney home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire to interview Mitt and Ann Romney. She was engaging and inquisitive and acted as if we had known each other for years. She is nothing like Hillary Clinton and would be an incredibly effective campaigner.

Oprah is a behemoth. She's bigger than General Motors and U.S. Steel. And she isn't going to be cut down to size with a snarky nickname or a personal attack. In fact, she will be nearly impossible to attack effectively because everyone likes her and respects her. Attacks with no substance behind them will backfire and make the attacker look smaller.

Republicans will try to dismiss Oprah and will try to turn her into Hillary. And that would be easy to do if no one had an opinion of her. But they do. And it's almost universally positive. Trying to reduce her to a mortal politician will be a huge undertaking. I'm just glad it's not my job.

The best chance Republicans have against an Oprah 2020 campaign is to get on their knees every day between now and then, and pray to God that she doesn't run.

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Oprah Winfrey calls out sexual harassers in powerful Globes speech: 'Their time is up' .
Oprah Winfrey brought the Golden Globes crowd to its feet with a powerful speech during Sunday’s ceremony, calling out sexual harassers around the world: “Their time has come.”&nbsp;Making a plea for a free press, Winfrey said, “I want to say I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times Which brings me to this: What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. I’m especially proud and inspired by all the woman who felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.

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