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The chair recognizes Senator Winfrey of Illinois

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 26th 2009 2:12PM

OprahGovernor Blagojevich is nuts. Blame it on his flimsy grasp of reality or his hard-hat like haircut, the current (for how long, who knows) governor of Illinois is not quite there. How do we know this? Well, rather than appearing at his own impeachment trial he's decided to let the good citizens of the U.S. know that he's being railroaded by his own government via various media outlets.

The other determining factor on his nuttiness...he was considering naming Oprah Winfrey as Barack Obama's replacement to the U.S. Senate. Now, while Oprah is a respectable personality who has done much good for people around the globe, she is in no way qualified to become a U.S. Senator. I know that some of you Oprahites would heartily disagree with this, but even you know, deep down inside, that giving Oprah a Senate seat would not be a good idea.

And, frankly, I think Oprah would agree with you.

If anything, having Oprah become the junior Senator from Illinois would hamper her philanthropic goals. Not just for people here in the United States, but globally as well. Yes, she'd be serving the American public for the greater good, but she would really be at the service of the citizens of Illinois. This would tie her down considerably.

Throw into the mix a strong possibility that Ms. Winfrey would no longer have as much of the spotlight as she currently has. She could be a strong personality in the Senate, but she would practically be starting out at square one as a member of Congress. She would have to work her way up to prominence once again (which I don't doubt she could do) and then, if she was interested, focus on being re-elected, which would take up a good amount of her time. Especially since she wouldn't have a media outlet like her talk show to promote her campaign.

I'm not saying that Oprah couldn't be a valuable member of the U.S. Congress someday, but I think that she would be better off in making that decision on her own than being picked by a governor whose elevator has trouble reaching the penthouse suite. So, while a valiant effort to save his own political life, I think Mr. Blagojevich's comments did nothing but make him look a little crazier than he is now.

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rhode

"Could you please show respect for our new President and refer to him by his rightful earned title as President Barack Obama or President Obama"

I am almost positive you have called our 43rd president buy the nickname "W". Didn't you lack respect for our president then?

Please don't ask an entertainment reporter become a political mastermind.

January 27 2009 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kris

I'd have loved Oprah moving along the politics game.
Oprah as President one day? Marvellous. One step closer to my utopia.

January 26 2009 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joe stalin

Too bad you missed out on your last try at utpoia. If only you could figure out how to get back to 1920's Russia.....

January 27 2009 at 8:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Max

Since Emmitt wasn't to be all PC, then let's also mention that Blago is a Democrat. :rollseyes: Surely no one in this universe knows who this Obama (is that correct?) is. Let's people have been always calling presidents by their two first names...FOREVER! Bill Clinton, George W. Bush...seriously go through every president...

January 26 2009 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
emmitt

Could you please show respect for our new President and refer to him by his rightful earned title as President Barack Obama or President Obama.

January 26 2009 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Zachary

You are ridiculous.

January 26 2009 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe stalin

How is Oprah any less qualified to be a US Senator than Barrack Hussein Obama was 2 years ago? The whole government was based on citizens serving. And while I'm no fan of Oprah, she certainly has more knowledge and life experience than Barry does (not that that is all that high of a hurdle to clear).

January 27 2009 at 8:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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