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A few days ago opie posted a story about the possibility of Oprah running for office that really opened up some good discussion about the pros and cons of Oprah as a celebrity running for office. This article I just posted here goes beyond looking at one particular celebrity but to all those celebrities who entertain the idea of running for office particularly the office of the presidency. Being a celebrity alone does not qualify one to hold office. Those celebrities who think their status as a celebrity gives them the qualifications they need to be president are just plain delusional. Populism seems to be the trend these days. Whatever happened to looking at the actual candidates and properly vetting them to insure they have the credentials and know of how to do the job? Running for the presidency is not a popularity contest. If it were then we would have our first female president sitting in office right now, that being Kim Kardashian because she has more followers on FB and Twitter than any other celebrity. Yes, I was being facetious but I had to be in order to make the point.
"Celebrities are first and foremost successful, and non-politicians. The reason that this is attractive is that politicians are almost universally disliked and increasingly associated with being unsuccessful. They are not just disliked because of what they are alleged to do, such as taking bribes and helping their friends, but also because of what they fail to do – even though most voters will disagree on what that should be."
With the elections coming up this year we voters need to start on our own looking at those running for office and what it is they truly have to offer, what are their credentials and what accomplishments they have to their name which makes them suitable for the job.