There is no doubt, if Oprah Winfrey decided to run for president she would instantly run at the top of the pack. Few Americans are as well-known and well-loved as the long-time media mogul.
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The idea, of course, has been floated before in political circles and at family dinner tables. Winfrey herself teased the possibility of a presidential run last fall when she retweeted an op-ed about how she may be Democrat’s best hope for 2020 and said, “Thanks for the vote of confidence!” And Trump even once sung her praises and suggested her as a potential running mate, though she has been a donor and a surrogate for Democrats.
But last night, the country stopped and considered a political future for the former talk show host in a new way. During a moving speech at the Golden Globes, Winfrey once again seemed to assume a designated mantle as a national, cultural leader and inspired confidence and rallied for change.
“A new day is on the horizon!” Winfrey declared at the awards show, offering guidance and credence to a movement that has swept the country in recent months, calling for the end of sexual and gender discrimination and harassment. “When that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”
The wave of sexual allegations that has rocked nearly every sector of American society has felt at times like an unwieldy crusade. Both women and men have looked for direction on the issue and it is not surprising that Winfrey, with her own heart-wrenching, jaw-dropping personal story of overcoming rape, abuse and poverty, was able to offer leadership for many.
It is not hard to imagine how a ‘Winfrey for President’ campaign could be successful.
Winfrey is an actual self-made billionaire, who has proven herself to be one of the savviest business executives in the nation’s history and could surely run on her experience and expertise as a manager of several successful companies across industries.
But she is more than a suit, obviously. She…