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Democrats would be lucky to have Oprah as a candidate

By Les Whittington      

Trump’s unlikely ascension to the White House has proven that the traditional standards of measuring potential political success no longer need apply.

Then-U.S. president Barack Obama awards the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom to former talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. After a powerful Golden Globes speech this month, her name is being floated as a potential presidential nominee for the Democrats. White House photograph by Lawrence Jackson
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OTTAWA—It’s fascinating, in the eruption of excitement over a possible United States presidential run by Oprah Winfrey, to hear the cognoscenti prattling on about her lack of qualifications and experience for the office. One has to assume these folks have been a coma for the last few years. Does anyone not agree that the entire landscape of electioneering and political activity has changed exponentially in the age of the 24-hour news cycle, social media, and post-intellectual discourse? If

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