Democrats In Iowa, New Hampshire Swoon At Thought Of An Oprah White House Run

Oprah Winfrey shook the 2020 presidential field to its core.

The television mogul’s 10-minute speech accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony Sunday transfixed the media, politicos and liberal activists alike, and left Ms. Winfrey’s friends saying she’s “actively” considering making a bid for the White House.

She’s already won the Hollywood primary, capturing the hearts of the actors, directors and producers who provide star power and much of the cash that keeps the Democratic Party going.

And party leaders in Iowa and New Hampshire, the early caucus and primary states, said Ms. Winfrey has become a political force to reckon with.

Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist, said it is fun to imagine a race between the two media titans, but doubted Ms. Winfrey would risk a run.

“Don King and Vince McMahon couldn’t dream up a better political match-up if they tried in terms of the ratings,” Mr. O’Connell said. “Yeah, she has the money and the fame, but she is not going to be inconvenienced by this.”

Critics said the same thing about Mr. Trump in previous years — though the New York Democrat-turned-Republican had publicly flirted with a White House bid for over a decade, leaving some to wrongly conclude he was simply looking to bolster his brand.

Read more from Seth McLaughlin at The Washington Times

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