Opinion Democrats nominate Oprah by acclamation

01:27  12 january  2018
01:27  12 january  2018 Source:   MSN

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“All in favor of the motion to suspend the rules and nominate by acclamation Tim Kaine as the Democratic party’s vice presidential candidate, please say aye,” Fudge said to both applause and protests.

PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22:  Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage during the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards) © Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage during the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

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It's estimated that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders combined to spend $326 million competing for the Democratic nomination in 2016. But it may not be so expensive in 2020. Democrats have figured out how to do it a lot cheaper, next time around: no primary, no contest, no national convention. Just nominate Oprah Winfrey by acclamation.

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  Oprah for president in 2020? Here's everything you need to know. After her rousing Golden Globes speech and Seth Meyers's monologue joke, a lot of fans want Oprah Winfrey to make a presidential run.It all got brought back up again, at first, because of a joke.

Nomination by acclamation is not that unusual at the termination of presidential primaries. Vice presidential candidates are typically nominated by acclamation at their party’s convention. A related term is election by acclamation

This program consisted of the New York Delegation Roll Call where Sen. Hillary Clinton moved to suspend the roll call vote and nominate Sen. Barack Obama to be the Democratic Nominee. Sen. Obama was nominated by voice acclamation .

That's the buzz sweeping the Democratic Party today. Ever since her speech at the Golden Globes, Democrats nationwide have been positively swooning over Oprah: hoping, pleading, begging her to run for president in 2020 against Donald Trump. Meryl Streep is leading the charge. "I want her to run for president," she said immediately after the awards ceremony. "Where do I send the check?"

Democrats haven't been this excited since Barack Obama beat John McCain. In 2016, they chanted "Bernie, Bernie" and "Hillary, Hillary." Today, they're already chanting "Oprah, Oprah." Cheered by a quick Rasmussen poll showing Oprah beating Trump 48 to 38, every Democrat in the nation, it seems, is over the moon for Oprah to run for president.

Every Democrat? Well, not every Democrat. Not this one. Let the Oprah bandwagon pass me by. I'm not jumping on.

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“All in favor of the motion to suspend the rules and nominate by acclamation Tim Kaine as the Democratic party’s vice presidential candidate, please say aye,” Fudge said to both applause and protests.

Oprah Winfrey’s electrifying speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, on the occasion of receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, has reignited the idea that she’s the presidential hopeful the Democratic Party needs to defeat Donald Trump.

Nothing against Oprah, mind you. I'm a huge fan. Always have been. She's awesome. She's the most talented, positive, effective, inspiring person any of us have ever seen or heard. And she has a lot of advantages over Donald Trump: she's not under criminal investigation; she can read a book; she's in bed with a guy named Graham, not Putin; and every other sentence out of her mouth is not a big fat lie. I'd vote for her in a second.

Plus, you have to admit, an Oprah vs. Donald campaign in 2020 would be a talk show host's dream. Think of it: two billionaires; two TV stars; two talkers; two celebrities, one real and one phony. Better than WWF.

But -- you knew there was a "but" coming, didn't you? But -- do we really want to turn the presidency into a sinecure for aging celebrities? I don't think so. Maybe it's old-fashioned, but I think being president is a serious job, dealing with serious issues and requiring serious credentials. It's not show business. Just because somebody's famous doesn't mean they have the necessary skills, discipline or character to run the country.

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Bernie Sanders moved that the convention suspends the rules and nominate Hillary Clinton by acclamation , making her the first women to be a presidential nominee for a major political party.

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Besides, to be honest, what do we know about Oprah's position on the issues? Almost nothing. We know she campaigned for Barack Obama. That's a good start. But where is she on climate change, immigration, vouchers or the estate tax? Unlike Donald Trump, does she even know what the "nuclear triad" is? Again, the job's too important to take a blind leap on anybody.

It's also unclear where Oprah fits on the Democratic Party spectrum. This is one of the central questions facing Democrats today. In many ways, it's a replay of the 2016 Democratic primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Who has the best shot at winning in 2020, a centrist Democrat or a bold progressive candidate? And to which camp does Oprah belong? Nobody knows.

The rush to Oprah also belies the fact that it's not like the Democratic Party is lacking in strong candidates for 2020. In fact, it's just the opposite. There's already a long list of outstanding, substantive, experienced, potential candidates for president out there. They include: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Corey Booker, Sherrod Brown, Kamala Harris, Tim Ryan, Andrew Cuomo, Jay Inslee and Eric Garcetti. All of whom have expressed some interest in running, and any one of whom would be a vast improvement over Donald Trump.

Republicans Should Fear an Oprah 2020 Campaign

  Republicans Should Fear an Oprah 2020 Campaign She's compelling, likable and nearly impossible to attack, so Republicans should hope she doesn't run.At the Golden Globes on Sunday, Oprah Winfrey shocked the political system by giving a speech that suggested she might have higher aspirations than actress, talk show host and business mogul.

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He then moved for the rules to be suspended and for Hillary Clinton to be nominated by acclamation , which is consistent with his call for all delegates to be counted at the convention. Trump On Gov't Shutdown : 'If That Happens I Would Absolutely Blame The Democrats '. By John Amato. 0.

So, let Oprah Winfrey continue to lead and inspire us in the ways she does best: on television, on Broadway, on the big screen and in the many great causes she champions. But let somebody else with proven leadership skills run the country. Democrats should not follow the Republican Party over the cliff. The answer to one TV celebrity president is not another TV celebrity president.

Haven't we learned anything? Of course, there's no reason why celebrities can't run for public office. But president of the United States is not the best place to start. We've already seen how much damage one celebrity president can do. Let's not take a chance on another one, no matter how attractive she is.

(Bill Press is host of a nationally-syndicated radio show, CNN political analyst and the author of a new book, "Buyer's Remorse," which is available in bookstores now. You can hear "The Bill Press Show" at his website: billpressshow.com. His email address is: bill@billpress.com. Readers may also follow him on Twitter at @bpshow.)

Poll: Oprah outperforms Warren, Gillibrand among Dems against Trump .
Oprah Winfrey leads Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in hypothetical primary matchups, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult survey. Load Error The media mogul holds a four-point lead over Warren, with 39 percent choosing Winfrey and 35 percent favoring the Massachusetts Democrat, according to the poll.In a head-to-head matchup against Gillibrand, Winfrey's lead grows - 44 percent to 23 percent - the survey found.But other potential Democratic presidential candidates still hold a lead over Winfrey, particularly former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

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