Hollywood held one of their biggest self-righteous, self-congratulatory nights, The Golden Globes, this past Sunday evening. It’s a night set aside for the Hollywood Foreign Press (all three of which Pres. Trump seems to be thoroughly against) to recognize the year’s best in film and television. However, it often devolves into an evening of predictable wins, pretentious, woke speeches and oh so clever jokes directed at the most prominent Republican politician at the time.
Don’t worry, Hollywood didn’t disappoint, they delivered on all fronts. But the biggest takeaway wasn’t a quick-witted swipe of Pres. Trump by this year’s mundane, forgettable host, Seth Meyers. No, instead the biggest moment, the one that still has everyone still talking came courtesy of none other than Oprah Winfrey.
Ms. Winfrey was honored with a lifetime achievement award and delivered a speech that was seemingly, absolutely breathtaking, marvelous and stupendous.
Now, I unlike apparently hordes of other people couldn’t care less what the woman says, does or thinks, including her showstopper Sunday evening speech. But now the media as well as all the celebrities are talking about Oprah Winfrey as a potential 2020 presidential candidate.
WARNING: Up until this point, you’ve likely been reading along in silent agreement, maybe even slightly nodding your head “yes,” but this is where things are probably going to go south. I’m probably going to lose you, make a few of you mad, but it must be said: Pres. Donald Trump and the GOP share a fair amount of blame for all the Oprah 2020 talk.
In 2016, Republicans got caught up in the cult of personality. Donald Trump, the wealthy, businessman, reality TV star – a celebrity – decided he wanted to run for president. At first considered someone without a snowball’s chance in hell of winning, he began saying one outrageous thing after another and soon began getting more and more attention and started rising in the polls. He mocked and ridiculed his opponents all the way to the White House. Sure, it may have been funny, but a fair amount of Republicans, whether they want to admit it or not, got caught up in the hype; they were sold on MAGA.
Now, anyone who has ever paid attention to the world of politics knows the pendulum always swings back the other way, and usually with much more force. Did we really think Democrats wouldn’t float out names, come back with someone richer, more popular? Celebrities are all Democrats. Thus, I present to you Oprah Winfrey.
She’s well-known and for the most part, universally liked (unlike Pres. Trump). She has tons and tons of money, had her own popular television program, and has millions of Twitter followers. She’s a celebrity. Sounds an awful lot like someone else.
Now, all she needs is a slogan and she’s set.
But, but you may be saying: how does a simple, solitary speech set the stage for a presidential campaign for someone who has never, ever run for political office?
Fair enough. Have you ever heard of Ben Carson? 2013 Prayer Breakfast?
I’m not saying I think Winfrey will eventually run for President of the United States. I don’t. What I am saying, what is important to remember, is to not get caught up in the cult of personality – don’t buy the hype. And Republicans most certainly did last presidential election. At the end of the day, they are politicians – Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, [insert name here] – and will let you down. Putting your hope in a politician and believing him or her will remarkably change your life is straight up ridiculous.
Just because someone is rich, popular, has millions of followers on social media, a highly rated television program and a slogan doesn’t make them a great, qualified candidate for office.