Here are my observations on the news of the day.
WHILE SOME PEOPLE ARE ALL AGOG over Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globe acceptance speech and the prospect of her running for president on the Democrat ticket (presumably against Donald Trump) in 2010, I suggest that you keep your powder dry.
In yesterday’s post, I quoted a Tweet in which the author cited how people have been moaning about the current White House occupant being a billionaire reality TV show host, so why not Oprah, another billionaire TV host?
“No chance,” I wrote. But The Wall Street Journal suggested today that she might have trouble convincing voters that her presidency in practice wouldn’t merely return the Obama-era, and explain how her ideas differ from other Democrats. Only a fool would rule out Oprah’s chances.”
If Oprah thinks she has put the Hollywood sexual harassment behind with that Golden Globe speech, she better think again. Saying “I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times,” won’t sidetrack those who will be out to prove that she, like Meryl Streep, knew of the sick proclivities of Harvey Weinstein, and said nothing.
“In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or though film, is to say something about how men and women really behave,” she said to her beloved audience knowing, I believe, that she has let them down.
Yet, CBS Morning Show host Gayle King said Oprah knows, “She met the moment.”
SAY IT ISN’T SO, JOE– Regular readers of this blog will recall that I vigorously defended Sheriff Joe Arpaio against The Arizona Republic’s unrelenting bashing of the sheriff, in front page articles and in hit pieces by the paper’s columnists, even after he was pardoned by President Trump.
I simply believed that for the most part, he served Maricopa County and metropolitan Phoenix well and deserved to be allowed to retire at 85 years of age, free of further court proceedings. However, his announcement today that he will run for the seat soon to be vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake is a mistake.
REMEMBER WRITER DAVID BROOKS? He’s the guy who vividly recalls his firsts encounter with Barack Obama. “I remember distinctly an image of – we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his perfectly creased pant,” Brooks recalls, “And I’m thinking he’s going to be president and he’ll be a very good president.”
Brooks is known for patting himself on the back in his columns as the all-knowing intellectual. “After the (George) Bush years, Brooks seemed relieved to have an intellectual in the White House again,” wrote Gabriel Sherman in a New Republic profile on Brooks. “I divide people into people who talk like us and who don’t talk like us,” Brooks told Sherman.
“The anti-Trump movement, of which I am a proud member, seems to be getting dumber,” Brooks recently wrote in The New York Times, “Its seems to be settling into a smug, fairy tale version of reality that filters out discordant information. He says the book “Fire and Fury” represents a decline into “lowbrowism” – based more on anger than truth.
“Trump is a semi-literate madman surrounded by sycophants who are morally, intellectually and psychologically inferior to people like us,” Brooks smugly writes.
IF YOU MISSED THE PRESIDENT’S MEETING with a group Congressmen from both parties today, you missed an extraordinary meeting of give and take over a 50-minute televised session on immigration. It should put to bed the nonsense about the president’s unfitness and inability to engage in conversation on issues.