US Politics: Oprah for President? Six celebrities in contention for 2020

Oprah Winfrey is a big mover on Betfair’s 2020 election markets and now rated Donald Trump’s closest rival. Paul Krishnamurty considers her chance and looks at another five celebrities attracting speculation…

It was inevitable once Donald Trump had changed the game — betting a US Presidential Election could never be the same again. The fields are no more only Republican and Democrat politicians however a wide variety of characters from popular culture and business.

At this early stage at least, actors will be the candidates that bettors appear most interested in backing. With one barnstorming Golden Globes address, Oprah Winfrey is already rated Trump’s closest rival for 2020.

Oprah Winfrey, Latest Odds: 13
The reaction to Oprah’s speech demonstrates precisely why celebrities increasingly have the edge. She’s garnered more talk in three days than anyone else one of the crowded Democratic Nominee area have managed in annually. Trump won the first by monopolising media policy and Oprah would probably have the same effect.

Their exceptionally positive reaction indicates notable Democrat voices are taking this seriously. This is a party still traumatised by conquer and naturally for an incredibly divisive primary involving a vast field — exactly what plunged their opponents to turmoil. They have no leader or perhaps front-runner. Oprah are the panacea. A unifying figure that joins with parts of the electorate nobody else could attain and, while additionally a billionaire celebrity, the antithesis of Trump.

It’s a safe bet that big Democrat donors and strategists have been sketching out plans since her Golden Globes speech. There’ll be a number of voices seeking to convince her and betting interest will last until she categorically declares no intention to operate. I can not see her President odds getting much larger than the present 13.00 in the short term given the inevitable speculation. Oprah v Trump is beyond the wildest fantasies of media executives.

A less secure bet is that she really runs. While Winfrey is obviously flattered by the attention and jumped to think about it, she’s said never. Running for president is a gruelling encounter, demanding total commitment. The primaries alone are a marathon. Politics necessarily entails taking sides and alienating people. Every word you have ever uttered in people is going to be pored over. Would somebody of her elevated status want to risk the brand built over a life?

Mark Zuckerberg Odds: 36
The Facebook founder’s political ambitions have long been a topic of speculation and why not? When you have achieved what Zuckerberg has at 33, future ambitions are certain to be set rather high. He’s obviously got plenty to offer in public life and is going to be a prominent figure for decades. Whether he’s ready for a political career, let alone win the presidency, at this young age is just another matter. Plus Facebook’s function in the weaponisation of fake news in recent elections is a short-term setback.

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