*A few weeks ago Bill Maher tried to explain to the panelists on his HBO program why it will take someone already famous and popular and charismatic to defeat Trump in 2020, and suggested that one of the few people in that category is Oprah.
Not surprisingly the politicians on the panel belittled that idea as quickly and harshly as possible, not wanting to acknowledge that it could be necessary to call upon a non-politician to do a politician’s job; protective of their jobs and situation in the uneasy manner contractors display when homeowners suggest doing their own repairs instead of calling upon the contractor’s expertise. Of course Mr. Maher could not have been more correct or insightful.
Much of Trump’s initial support was a result of him being a TV personality. Had it not been for his established fame not only would he not have been elected president … he would never even have been invited to the debates or received the nomination. He certainly wasn’t a credible politician – or even a credible human being.
But Mr. Maher’s point was broader than fame – it was that we need a formidable person to oppose Trump in 2020. Not another run-of-the-mill Wonder Bread politician; not another wishy-washy scared-to-take-a-stand Democrat; not another old white guy! We need a formidable person that is at least as quick-witted as Trump is quick-to-lie; someone that is not afraid to fire back with vigor; someone that is already established and whose career or legacy doesn’t rely on being president – much as Trump entered the race in 2016. We need someone that realizes there is a new game and that beating Trump depends on playing it, instead of believing the old game still matters or that playing it will win them anything. Someone like Oprah.
That Oprah could defeat Trump in 2020 seems a certainty. She is twice as smart, twice as clever and loved by twice as many. Additionally, (and wouldn’t this be refreshing?) she makes sense when she talks and what she says is almost always very believable. Does she want to be president? Not that we know of. It seems reasonable that if she had an inkling we would know about it by now. Perhaps a grass roots movement would encourage her to consider it. Maybe if it grew large enough we could play upon her sense of patriotism and sense of duty to country enough to get her out on the campaign trail. But a gut feeling says this isn’t on the Oprahorizon. Then who?
Indeed; who? Who in America has fame, is loved, makes sense when they speak, are not the same old politician that has no chance against Trump, is smarter and quicker than Trump and has relevant experience?
Michelle Obama has the temperament, the connections, the intelligence and eight years of life in the White House…
Michelle Obama has the temperament, the connections, the intelligence and eight years of life in the White House to afford her the ability, credibility and the support she’ll need to defeat Trump in 2020 and to be a great leader for our suffering nation moving forward.
Is there any more of a chance that she will run than that Oprah will? Probably not. But none of the twenty positioning-for-national-attention Dems that have been invited to the first debate stand a chance. They are all yesterday’s news, stubbornly still playing the old game, believing that good will triumph over evil, not able to see that evil is living in the White House and triumphing every day!
Their personalities have been crafted to not offend, not alienate and not inform or be direct which will lose in a debate with Trump. They secretly want things to return to their status quo – to the way things were, in the same way I wish all cell phones would disappear, but neither is going to happen. And none of them are formidable; not compared to Trump or Oprah or Michelle Obama.
When the primaries come, worry not about how the Dems do against each other – only worry about whether they can beat Trump, and vote with that in mind only. Let’s hope that the DNC steps up and finds someone with a chance to win. How about an Obama/Winfrey ticket? Now there’s a winner!
– REENO –
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