Winfrey stirred speculation of a White House run after she delivered an impassioned speech about the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. Meryl Streep, Oscar-winning actress, told the Washington Post that, "I want her to run for president". The tour de force brought soaring hopes and a down-to-earth challenge from the incumbent.
Listed at 8/1, her odds are now better than every other candidate in the field aside from President Donald Trump, including many impressive senators expected to mull a run in 2020.
Viewed from this perspective, the prospect of Oprah Winfrey - the nation's favorite entertainment mogul - entering the White House marks another signpost on the country's descent into dystopia.
Experience still matters, as Trump's struggles have shown. And although she has used her great wealth to do good things, for African school girls for example, she is still someone who once jumped up and down in a TV studio yelling, "You get a auto!" Forbes estimates her worth at $3 billion. Millions read her magazine and the books she recommends.
Winfrey enjoys more support among Democrats than Trump does from Republicans: 76 percent of Democrats said they support Winfrey, compared with 66 percent of Republicans who support Trump.
She favors tougher gun control measures, LGBT and abortion rights, and protecting young adults under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
She would also need to familiarise herself with a deep backlog of policy issues.
But the bigger question is: If Oprah was to run for president, would she win?
The star of The Post, released in New Zealand cinemas on Thursday, said Winfrey had a definite role to play in the upcoming political cycle. Was this supposed to be an inspirational speech to fans and well-wishers or a "product launch" by Democratic party leaders who needed a glitzy venue to showcase their future presidential candidate? That inexperience would haunt his presidency.
Harris has been the subject of two recent national profiles, both of which highlight how voters are energized by the prospect of her candidacy. Her charisma and intellect displayed throughout her speech proved to be an inspiration to those who may be going through rough times. And Eric Garcetti, a white candidate who he said he could "bring to a black church" - and could be relied upon to clap on beat, an underrated, but over-observed cultural cue people that people feel is important to SC voters.
Across Hollywood and on social media, Winfrey was lauded for her candor, with some even voicing hope that she would run for United States president in 2020. He added that none of the men accused of sexual abuse have faced any real punishment. He posted a meme insinuating that Oprah's "been part of the problem for decades" when it comes to sexual harassment in Hollywood due to her association with Harvey Weinstein. All this in less than a week. It was in one sense a testimonial, another a thank you in the form of the kind of acceptance speech that those kinds of ceremonies expect, but lastly it also appeared to be a massive speech meant to make a political point.
Have we learned nothing from the 2016 election and the current occupant of the Oval Office?