A long time ago I predicted Barack Obama would win the Democratic presidential nomination. Much has happened since then, and his star has lost some luster, however, I am standing by my prediction. Hillary's stability is beginning to erode, also as I figured.
I will not repeat my reasons for why Obama will get the nomination, they remain the same. I will only accent the very slighting reference I made to Obama's connection with Oprah Winfrey as being a major advantage for him. Oprah is now starting to assert herself in this race. She is turning up the pro-Obama volume and will use her wildly popular television show to promote him.
Hollywood and the TV media have been pro-Democrat as long as I can remember, but never before do I remember someone with the cultural power of Oprah Winfrey poised and ready to use her pulpit (the most-watched daytime talk show) to advance a political candidate's cause.
Oprah's popularity is a testament to the degraded state of thinking and dialogue in our country. She epitomizes temporal, relativistic, feel-good, humanistic philosophy. The sheer number of her viewers, who are mostly women, indicates the anemic state of affairs in our nation's mindest. The amount of Christian women who watch Oprah Winfrey regularly manifests a serious spiritual discernment deficit as well. Now, she stands poised to rally her church (Joel Osteen has nothing on Oprah's following) to place their support behind her anointed man- Barack Obama. Even Neil Postman, were he alive, would have to be surprised with how right his analysis was in "Amusing Ourselves To Death: Public Discourse in an Age of Show Business".
You doubt Oprah's power? Ask yourself this- If Oprah decided to promote Mike Huckabee instead, do you think it would matter? You better believe it would. Obviously this would never happen, Oprah is far too socially liberal to do so. How about Giuliani? Much more plausible. Surely Oprah can have an influence, a major influence, on this race. Hillary has to be squirming big time. Frankly, it's only just begun. If Obama wins the Democratic nomination, it will be very tough for any Republican Candidate to counter the kind of airtime and hearing Oprah will give Obama. Do the Republicans think "The View" will help them? How about Ellen?
The last two elections brought out the liberal media and all the Hollywood stars to oppose George Bush. Watching TV and listening to the various celebs sure made it seem like Bush would get destroyed. In that light, I don't usually gauge actual public opinion on what the media portrays, after all, they were wrong the last two elections. This time, I think it's different. Our culture is further degraded and Oprah wasn't as involved in those elections. In light of the state of public discourse and the overall national mindset, her influence just might tip the scales.
The Oprah Factor is about to show itself, just watch.