Oprah to take on Trump in 2020 US presidential election?

If a property developer-turned-reality TV star with no prior political experience could win the US presidency on his first try, there is no reason to believe Oprah will necessarily be unsuccessful. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 09, 2018, 05.27 PM (IST)

After being a TV star for most of her adult life, speculation is now rife that Oprah Winfrey might take on Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential elections.

The speculation arose after Oprah's electrifying speech at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. 

But could it actually happen? 

If one were to do a SWOT analysis, these would be Oprah's strengths: 

At 63, Oprah is younger than some of the top Democrats who might also run for the post including former vice-president Joe Biden and US Senator Bernie Sanders.

Oprah's wealth would also be a tremendous asset. Her current net worth is $2.8 billion; Trump is currently worth $3.1 billion. 

Oprah has also built much goodwill among the Democrats by backing Barack Obama in 2008 and Hilary Clinton in 2016. She has also contributed more than $95,000 to the party.

And of course there is the fact that Oprah has appeared in homes across the US for 25 years -- Monday through Friday -- she is a well-known name. 

Her weaknesses would include: 

Even the most popular candidates need to get their message across to voters, identify their supporters, and, most important of all, get them to vote. Experienced politicians know how to build support systems to help them do all of that -- Oprah would have to start from scratch. 

Oprah's business tries are extensive and include a cable channel and a magazine. She is also a contributor to CBS News' '60 minutes'. Any of which may throw up conflicts of interests should she decide to run for the post. 

Then again, if a property developer-turned-reality TV star with no prior political experience could win the US presidency on his first try, there is no reason to believe Oprah will necessarily be unsuccessful. 

But having said that, three years is a long time in politics.  

And the first problem has already emerged. 

A day after her Golden Globes speech, pictures emerged of Oprah with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Oprah, should she decide to run, would do well to remember presidential candidates face a vetting far more invasive than anything she has endured before.