After she gave a fairly anodyne (albeit stirring) 9-minute speech to a room full of Hollywood elites, news orgs are now batting around the idea that Oprah should be president. *This* is the legacy of Trump’s election. Instead of considering whether a candidate is qualified to be president, Americans will now ask whether the candidate is more qualified than a deranged megalomaniac. (And the answer will always be yes.)
I have nothing against Oprah—though I’m mystified by her enduring
popularity and find her fans cultish—but let’s be clear: she’s wildly
unfit to be president of the United States. To her credit, she runs a
powerful media empire (and, contra Trump, without criminality and
periodic bankruptcy). To her detriment, that experience isn’t remotely
relevant. She has no experience in: foreign policy, public policy,
government, elections, elective politics, working with a legislature,
passing laws, the judiciary, law, overseeing bureaucracies of any size,
war, defense, macroeconomics, emergency planning and organization,
health care, responding to an electorate, winning elections ... I could
go on and on.
Winfrey, one year into the constitutional crisis of the Trump
presidency, would be considered a credible candidate for president is
evidence of serious rot at the heart of the body politic. Americans no
longer seem to have any idea what a democracy is or how to sustain it.
Voters and reporters whine that dysfunction wracks DC, and then
approvingly consider solutions like Trump and Winfrey. Uggh.