Former McConnell Aide on Oprah Speech: Dems Now Shopping for Candidates at Golden Globes
Political strategist Josh Holmes said Democrats' calls for Oprah Winfrey to run for president are an indictment of the party's lack of leaders.
During the Golden Globes Sunday night, the iconic talk show host accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award and spoke passionately about civil rights and the #MeToo campaign, sparking speculation that she could run in 2020.
"I think you get a pretty good window into the lack of leadership in the Democratic Party when you consider that they're now shopping for their next presidential candidate at the Golden Globes," Holmes said on "The Daily Briefing."
He said Democrats are looking for any potential candidate who's not a "leftist kook."
This Oprah boomlet is a pretty good window into how bereft of leadership the Democratic party is at this point. They're just dying for someone who doesn't sound like a leftist schmuck.
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) January 8, 2018
"I watched the speech last night. I thought Oprah Winfrey did a very nice job, but a presidential candidate she is not," Holmes said. "It'll be interesting to see if Democrats actually cling to this or if this boomlet is going to end at the end of the week."
Fox News contributor Marie Harf pointed out that Donald Trump, a businessman and reality TV star, won the Republican nomination and the presidency, so all of the old rules about who can run for president have gone out the window.
She said that even if Winfrey doesn't run, she could help Democrats by getting involved in fundraising and pushing voter turnout.
"She did that actually very effectively in 2008 for Barack Obama, particularly with the African-American vote," Harf pointed out. "And she could do it again."
Watch the "Daily Briefing" discussion above.