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The Oprah Infatuation: Dems Place Personality Over Policy

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prah Winfrey speaks after accepting the Cecil B. Demille Award at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. January 7, 2018. Paul Drinkwater/Courtesy of NBC/Handout via REUTERS

The unbounded enthusiasm for Oprah Winfrey’s prospective presidential run illustrates the Democrats’ tendency to prioritize personality above policy. No one knows where Oprah stands on issues of the day, or what style of governance she’d favor, but Democrats know she’s a popular personality and that’s enough for them.

Barack Obama enjoyed similar popularity among Democrats: his brief pre-White House career displayed few practical achievements or even a coherent philosophy, but inspiring speeches about hope and change gave him an almost magical appeal.

In approaching President Trump, of course, Democrats also prefer to ignore substance and to concentrate on style: they emphasize the president’s volatile personality and dismiss his undeniable record of first year accomplishment. Liberals would rather scold the latest obnoxious presidential tweet than consider the booming economy or the lowest black unemployment rate ever measured.

The GOP shouldn’t help them in this effort, but must focus relentlessly on the nation’s pressing issues rather than the president’s polarizing personality.

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  1. not a leftist  •  Jan 16, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Oprah is a fake. She always has been and always will be. The fact that so many Americans can't see through her act makes me embarrassed to be an American. Remember when she used to do those Jerry Springer type shows? Then she saw the writing on the wall and went to the goofy self-help, pop-psych, cry-with-me crap that she ended her show doing? I'll never forget when she promoted a book that was supposed to be based on some guy's life. When it turned out that he made it all up, he was a total fraud, she made some comment like "well if it makes people feel good does it really matter whether it is true or not?" She didn't even feel bad about using her show to promote a lying, fraud author. That is Oprah in a nutshell. Who cares about truth as long as it makes you feel good momentarily. I credit Oprah for making popular the current pop-psych idea that you are somehow noble or better than others if you have some kind of physical or mental problem or if you have some type of abuse in your background. I know you have seen these people on social media – they brag about how their kid is on the "autism spectrum" or how they are bi-polar or how they are gluten intolerant, or how they were abused some how in the past, or how the "survived" something.

    • Pleeeze  •  Jan 24, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      Shut your pie hole, hers is making money

  2. Ty  •  Jan 17, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    This was actually a criticism from the left about Oprah. It's not the left that is cheering Oprah on, it's the generic left leaning population, not the true believers. Case in point, and brace yourselves conservatives, you are about to enter the zone of an actually progressive that is MORE left wing than myself. Can you handle the irritation? I can't wait to see how many howl:

    A similar critique was made against Hillary, who the harder progressive left HATED, because they saw her talk as useless platitudes.

    As a group the left is more focused on policy because they actually believe in the power of government policy to do good rather than little more than a plague beast that has to be kept crippled and bloodied and shackled lest we be swallowed whole and turn into Venezuela/Stalins Russia.

    Look at Bernie, he was nothing but policy, policy, policy, he said in a debate he was SICK hearing about the damn emails and wanted to jump right back into policy. I know peanut gallery, you do not like his policy ideas, but they were still policy.

    Contrast that to what Trump said. I'm gonna make america great again, maga, maga, maga !!!!!!!! I'm going to bring back coal jobs, Only "I" can solve these problems.

    Why thank you God Emperor Trump, and those conservatives fell right in line to their new king.

    • NetworkDr  •  Jan 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      The problem with this statement, "As a group the left is more focused on policy because they actually believe in the power of government policy to do good…" is that with few exceptions (military, for one) the government doesn't DO anything very well.

      Does government schooling function better than private schooling?

      Does government healthcare provide better service than private healthcare?

      Has 50 years of War on Poverty had a nickels worth of effect on poverty?

      Everything the government touches is fraught with cost overruns, ineptitude, graft and corruption.

      As a reformed Democrat (read, Conservative) I prefer a smaller government over a bigger, cradle-to-grave behemoth that has the power to force their ideas down my unwilling throat.

    • Ty needs couseling  •  Jan 19, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      Bernie was all policy, policy, policy? When you talked about policy, I thought you were referring to intelligent policy arguments. But when I see you use the phrase, policy, policy, policy regarding Bernie, I now know you are just talking non-sense. Bernie Sander's policies are a joke. Free education for all? Do you support that one Tyrell? It wouldn't surprise me. If you accept the free college for all position, you are not to be taken seriously.

      And you making a point about Trump saying "I" is hilarious. Obama was the "me" and "I" guy if there ever has been one. And real conservatives don't like Trump because he isn't a real conservative. That should be obvious. But hey, Tyrell, I know you only put on your thinking cap when it suits you.

      And whether it is slow or fast, far-left policies destroy. You will see it some day, but you will probably refuse to acknowledge it. What else do you have other than your "progressive" utopian ideology and your hatred of republicans and people outside your tribe? Nothing.

      I hope you are seeking that counseling. Tyrell Sr. did a number on you.

      • Rizzo  •  Jan 20, 2018 at 1:52 pm

        I think you got it all wrong. Ty is actually short for Tylenol. His leftist's nonsense is enough to give even the most tolerant man a serious Migraine.

      • Pleeeze  •  Jan 24, 2018 at 1:36 pm

        I wouldn’t make an exception for the bloated military. Trust me, I was in the military, they waste money big time, while at the same time the troops are cannibalizing parts for broken down jeeps. The military is inefficient with lots of room for improvement. The tech instruction is much worse than public schools and most GI’s leave without useable civilian skills. Fortunately I got a good education with the GI bill that along with my honorable discharge provided me with a successful career.

  3. Rachel Robinson  •  Jan 19, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Oprah is president material as I am an astronaut arterial. The dimmocrats areclooking in every nook and cranny for someone, anyone, to run against a great president but they have no one who will be a good and successful president.

    • Pleeeze  •  Jan 24, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Great president? Are you on crack?

  4. Rizzo  •  Jan 20, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    More lawlessness from the left, who look to nullify federal law, just like their racist heroes from The Civil War.

  5. Rizzo  •  Jan 21, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Good government, hard at work again.

    California's bullet train (and biggest boondoggle) is over budget by billions

  6. Pleeeze  •  Jan 24, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Really! Really? Hello, Trump is 110% personality cult. Medved was so much more truthful when he was showing his contempt for the amoral, Vulgarian in chief, Donald Trump. Oprah is a good descent person who has achieved great success all on her own from humble beginnings. I’d take her over Trump any day. Having said that neither should be in the Oval Office and I have yet to hear a liberal friend of mine seriously mention her as a candidate. She isn’t going to run for office. Everyone knows this. This was a three day news cycle story. Move on. BTW, was it cigarettes/booze that caused your esophageal cancer? You should warn your listeners of the dangers if it was.

  7. Nani Tavares  •  Jan 24, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Oprah is a racist; she only wanted Obama because of the color of his skin. Unfortunately for her, Americans learned that voting for a Black person wasn't going to pay the race card. Most people thought that America couldn't be called racist if they voted for Obama. Well, we know better. In fact, Obama hurt the chances of there ever being another Black president. Hillary ruined the chance of a woman being elected just for her gender. And Trump made electing someone who entertains us difficult. Oprah likes being wealthy AND liked. Imagine being knocked and attacked ala Trump every day. Don't think it would happen because Oprah is Black and loved? Think freedom caucus and NRA and constitutionists and people just tired of the PC. No, Oprah won't run. Trump will be re-elected and then Nikki Haley.

    • Pleeze  •  Jan 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      What a conflicted messy word salad that was Nani. Work on sentence structure and paragraphing. There will never be another black president because Obama, a moderate liberal, with higher approval ratings than Trump, was elected. And we will never have a woman because Hillary was a mess (agreed) but we will have Nikki. Make sense of that, will you. Of course Oprah would have voted for Romney had Obama been white, because that is what democrats do. Think before you write. I get it, you hate Obamacare the “Kenyan Muslim”, but make a rational argument. Major fail.

      • JB  •  Jan 25, 2018 at 8:04 pm

        I love people who come to comments sections to point out and criticize mistakes in others' writing – I'm not the type to throw stones for such petty and irrelevant things. For example, I would never accuse "Pleeze" of having a poor understanding of punctuation…

      • Nani Tavares  •  Jan 26, 2018 at 8:49 pm

        Sigh. “A word salad”? Pleeze, Stick to fast food. You missed the entire point.

      • Rizzo  •  Jan 27, 2018 at 10:38 am

        Nani… The leftists almost ALWAYS miss the point.
        I am starting to believe they are completely incapable of seeing and understanding reality. They are too tainted with their own sick ideology.

        Wages are going up all over America… not because of government-forced, arbitrary minimum wage laws, but because of economic growth and freedom.
        And where is Ty? I thought he liked to promote things that "work".
        He should be here… celebrating this success. But, he doesn't… it's contrary to his ideology.

        Very sad!

      • Nani Tavares  •  Jan 27, 2018 at 3:56 pm

        Rizzo, I listed 3 “cards” that does not help Oprah. The race card that Obama poisoned, the gender card that Hillary over used, and the entertainment card that the media weaponized. It went completely over pleeeze’s head. COMPLETELY. There are some that is just not worth trying to explain.

  8. Rizzo  •  Jan 29, 2018 at 10:08 am

    More good news for America… more bad news for leftists and their leftist's delusions on how Americans create success!

    Sales are up for companies, and so are wages, survey says,-and-so-are-wages,-survey-says

  9. Rizzo  •  Jan 29, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Please observe the close-minded, leftist-drones… It's quite scary, and sad.

    Critics of Trump have already begun to express displeasure with his actions in the days leading up to the speech, leading some to wonder whether this opposition is substantive, or rooted in a distaste of Trump as a person.

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