Senator Winfrey?

I don’t think so.  Not for the reason that she couldn’t win.  I think she could win, and she’d win in a landslide.  I don’t think she’d trouble herself to be a mere Senator, one of 100.  She said that she thought she could do it (I do too), but she doesn’t really have any interest in it.  This is Oprah we’re talking about here.  If she threw her hat into the ring, I think she’d probably run for President.

Oprah Winfrey, 56, is ending her long running talk show this year.  Her next plan is to launch the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).  From the looks of it, the programming is going to be similar to her show, meaning, it’s going to be a lot of talk shows.  But, the point is, she’s going to have an entire network to herself now, as opposed to just an hour every weekday.  She’ll have the capability, to a certain degree, of determining what exactly will be driving content in US television media.

Oprah’s known for giving out high ticket items on her show.  Like everyone gets a Pontiac Vibe, or a trip to Australia with John Travolta.  Most recently, she gave out free trips to the Daily Show audience so that they could attend Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity.  Why?  Well, her audience historically hasn’t had much overlap with Stewart and Colbert’s audiences.  But they might with her new network.  Oprah’s career has been incrementally moving away from entertainment, and further and further towards political matters.  This past election was the first in which she specifically endorsed a candidate (Barack Obama).  There’s some of the opinion who think that she actually provided the margin of victory to him his bruising primaries against Hillary Clinton.

This is all speculation, of course.  But, if you look at the overall trajectory of Oprah’s career, it has been inching, ever so slowly, towards the political arena.  And where once I thought the idea of a Winfrey Administration was laughable, I’m not laughing any more.


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