Thank goodness we don't have to actually report this. We already have a former comedian (he's not funny anymore) just weeks (or months) away from winning Minnesota's Senate seat. And now we learn that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was considering appointing talk show host Oprah Winfrey for the state's open seat.
Could America become a country of celebrity leaders? And is that scary or long overdue in a country obsessed with Hollywood? We are all superstars, after all.
The governor said that Oprah's name came up as a potential successor to Obama in the Senate. "She seemed to be someone who had helped Barack Obama in a significant way to become president," Blagojevich said. Blagojevich added that "she had a much broader bully pulpit than a lot of senators."
His consideration of Oprah was tempered, he suggested, by that fact that "she probably wouldn't take it," and "If I offered it to her how do you make sure it doesn't look like a gimmick."