Oprah Winfrey’s political speech at the Golden Globe Awards this year was supposedly some sort of launch for a run for the White House. Democrats are desperate to find a candidate that can compete with Donald Trump, and apparently, some of them thought she could do it. After all, she is fairly popular and is an entertainer with a large empire. (She’s never built a building or golf club, but who’s keeping track.)
Well, the early results of that trial balloon are out, and things are not looking so good for the lady who got her start in Chicago. (On that alone a lot of us will take a pass.)
Winfrey leads Trump 40 to 38 percent in a general election run, according to the poll released Wednesday by Politico and Morning Consult. Around 22 percent of voters, however, were undecided in the head-to-head matchup.
She didn’t do well in polls for the Democratic nomination, either. Winfrey only gained the plurality of support against the two potential female primary candidates, Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Winfrey was ahead of Warren 39 to 35 percent, and bested Gillibrand 44 to 23 percent, according to the poll.
Choosing between Winfrey and potential male Democratic primary candidates Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the poll respondents overwhelmingly chose the experienced male politicians. Biden received 54 percent of support to Oprah’s 31, and Sanders lead 46 percent to 37.
Not that polls are fail-safe indicators of the national mood, but Oprah is within the margin of error in a one on one contest with Trump, and that is before the results of the tax cuts hit the people’s paychecks and with all the negative fake news aimed straight at the president. Politicians with some name recognition are doing well against her, too.
We’ll see if this trial balloon pans out. Given all the dirt in Oprah’s closet, maybe not.