On Oprah’s (surprise?) Fetterman endorsement

Television host Oprah Winfrey—who does not live in Pennsylvania—has endorsed John Fetterman in that state’s Senate race.

The media claims this is a “surprise” endorsement, because Oz appeared frequently on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the early 2000s, beginning in 2003.

The 00s were a different time, and that was a different Oprah Winfrey. The Oprah Winfrey Show aired for 25 seasons, from 1986 to 2011. The show’s host was not overtly political until near the end, and most notably when Barack Obama first ran for president in 2008. Oprah publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton for POTUS in 2016.

Oprah Winfrey, in other words, has emerged as yet another celebrity-turned-Democratic-Party-cheerleader. This blog bears her no ill will for this; but we should not be surprised that she endorsed John Fetterman in Pennsylvania’s crucial and tightly contested Senate contest.

I, on the contrary, am pleasantly surprised that she at least slipped in the qualifier, “it’s up to the citizens of Pennsylvania, of course”. 

That was a gracious touch. Plenty of finger-wagging celebrities talk as if they aren’t quite sure the choice is ours…or as if they don’t think the unwashed masses in the flyover states should be trusted to elect their own representatives.