Oprah Winfrey for President? Is it plausible? Of course, she could be the candidate Democrats need to set things right again. Moreover, Oprah may be a reflection of our changing political landscape.
Unfortunately , there is one thing some Democrats cannot do. These Democrats, often leaders, cannot think outside of the box. So a candidate like Oprah may be unappealing because of the rut some Democratic minds might be stuck in.
The following reaction to Oprah for President, as reported by Politico, is an example of what we are saying:
“Are you kidding?” said Michigan state Democratic chair Brandon Dillon, when asked what he thought of all the Oprah talk.
“It was a great speech and she obviously has a huge following,” Dillon added. But “If that’s the standard for electing a president, it’s a low bar.”
If she wants to run, Dillon said, don’t show up at the Golden Globes. Show up in Macomb County, or Detroit. Throw some of that money into helping win the governor’s race. Do the things that every serious candidate — other than, of course, Trump — does to make an impact: get to know people, help the party.
“If somebody said Oprah can replace Donald Trump tomorrow, I’d say, ‘I’ll take it, put her in,’” Dillon said. “But I’m not going to take it seriously at this point.” Politico
There are those Democrats, like Brandon Dillon, stuck in that political party mind set. They have their heads in the political party sand, refusing to accept the growing disconnect between the way things have been done and the way things need to be done..
The landscape is changing indicating that the political party system is a part of the problem. The political party system is out of touch as the Brandon Dillon quote shows.
Maybe a candidate like Oprah, if not Oprah herself, is exactly what Democrats need. Maybe it is time for Democrats like Brandon Dillon to open their eyes and see the changing horizon.
If they don’t, they could be doomed for failure because of the failure to see the changing horizon ahead of them..