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President Oprah — Don't Bet on It

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Oprah Winfrey at the U.S. Open 2015 tennis match between Serena and Venus Williams. The tournament was held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park of Queens in New York. (Zhukovsky/Dreamstime) 

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Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 04:52 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Are you kidding me? Oprah Winfrey makes one speech before a fawning audience at the Golden Globe Awards in the heart of "blame America first" Hollywood and she is being touted as a presidential candidate in 2020. Give me a break.

In accepting the well-deserved Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award — the first black woman to receive the coveted award — she gave a powerful speech touching on sexual harassment, press freedom, and racial injustice.

She wore an elegant black dress in honor of the dress code of the evening to support women in the #MeToo anti-sexual harassment movement.

I give her credit for knowing which Hollywood buttons to push.

My question is where has she been over the past 20 plus years on the issue of sexual harassment of women in her industry? I don’t recall her being a crusader on the issue or raising it on her very popular television show, a program ruling the ratings for decades.

But that shows she does have good political instincts just like liberals, like Meryl Streep, who were also silent on the issue. They realize that now it is safe to speak out against all of those bad guys in her industry when there are no professional consequences. A "new day is on the horizon" she said.

As to Democratic presidential politics, you can bet that not all were impressed with Winfrey’s speech which spawned an avalanche of media speculation about her being a potential Democrat presidential candidate in 2020 — especially Democratic 2020 wannabees such as Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Many observers believe that white liberal Democratic females expect black Democratic females to fall in line and support them as they so willingly do on Democratic issues such as late term abortions and choice in schools.

But the real spear of fear of a Winfrey candidacy plunges deep into the hearts and ambitions of black Democrat hopefuls such as Sens. Corey Booker, D-N.J. and Kamala Harris, D-Calif. They appear to believe they are entitled to inherit Obama's mantle.

My message to them is that the legacy of their hero has destroyed any chances that a black liberal Democrat will be elected president in the foreseeable future. Oprah Winfrey included!

His will most likely be remembered as having one of the most corrupt and failed administrations in history whose two black attorney generals, FBI, and IRS took politicizing government to new levels. Something not too different from what we see in Third World countries; and, whose foreign policy caused America to be disrespected by friend and foe alike — globally. 

To be successful, they would have to convince white America that they would not be like Obama, and deceive them into thinking they are moderate and then follow the extreme dictates of the elitist coastal left, view them as "deplorables," and cater to those groups supporting causes such as abortion on demand and open borders.

They would have to convince blacks that they will not, like Obama, "talk the talk" to black voters and then totally ignore their issues and concerns in favor of those of Planned Parenthood, environmental, Hispanic and LGBT constituencies.

Could and would Winfrey do that? Would she want to risk alienating millions of her fans and supporters in middle America in order appease the Democratic far left — who would chew her up and spit her out if she did not take the right positions on their issues? I think not.

My message to Oprah Winfrey. Enjoy the adulation and speculation while you can. If you take the plunge into presidential politics and don’t mimic the views of the far left, those who gave you a standing ovation at the Golden Globes will turn on you in a Nano-second.

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Read more of his reports — Go Here Now.

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My message to Oprah Winfrey. Enjoy the adulation and speculation while you can. If you take the plunge into presidential politics and don’t mimic the views of the far left, those who gave you a standing ovation at the Golden Globes will turn on you in a Nano-second.
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