All the talk about Oprah running for president is … distressing. It’s exactly the sort of thing I’ve been fearing — the idea that if Trump can be president, so can any other wealthy celebrity. Both Oprah and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (and who knows how many others) have considered running for president. Political experience? Who needs it? Trump has shown you don’t need it to be elected. Would other celebrities even consider running if Trump hadn’t been elected? Would the general populace consider voting again for someone with zero political experience if Trump hadn’t been elected?
Winfrey and Johnson are okay as celebrities go, but nothing I can think of qualifies either to be president. And while I don’t know much about Johnson, I’ve seen Oprah promote some hair-brained ideas on her show and she has millions of fans who blindly follow and believe anything she says.
(Yes, Ronald Reagan was a celebrity before he was elected president, but he’d also been governor of California for eight years. That’s a significant amount of relevant experience.)
I dread the 2020 election if Trump survives that long. What if we end up with Trump running for a second term against some other totally inexperienced celebrity?
Maybe it will finally be the perfect time for a third-party candidate to run. Someone with at least a modicum of political experience. A stable, sensible personality. A college education at the very least. Not too extreme one way or the other.