The GOP Should Fear Oprah
She’s compelling, likable and nearly impossible to attack, so Republicans should hope she doesn’t run.
By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | Jan. 12, 2018, at 7:00 a.m.
At the Golden Globes on Sunday, Oprah Winfrey shocked the political system by giving a speech that suggested she might have higher aspirations than actress, talk show host and business mogul.
She spoke to women. Women who have felt silenced or powerless in the workplace because of the actions of a handful of corrupt men. She spoke to people of color. People who have felt excluded from opportunities because of stereotyping or typecasting that left them on the fringes of the main event in our culture. She spoke to America. An America that is tired, frustrated, at odds with one another, even in their own families, because events and players in Washington have pulled us apart at the seams.
She never spoke about policy. There was no mention of a wall, whether to build one or not to build one. There was no mention of abortion, taxes or nuclear arms. There was just Oprah, talking from her heart.
As I watched her speech, it didn’t strike me as intentionally “political”. It struck me that Oprah had a message to share and she wanted to make an impact, but she wasn’t thinking in terms of ambitions for the presidency. But she spoke to America in that unique Oprah way and America remembered her and realized that it has missed her.