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Time for a boring President?

Is it time to have a boring President instead of a celebrity?


With the news that Oprah Winfrey is actively considering a White House run, we may have reached the point of peak celebrity in US politics. The logic of Oprah’s backers is straightforward enough. Lesser-known figures will not be able to compete for the limelight with Donald Trump. It will take a mega-star to beat a mega-star.

Others will make the case for competence over celebrity, for knowledge over name-recognition, for experience over entertainment value, for self-effacement over stardom. Maybe America needs a less sensationalised and more low-key form of politics. It maybe not so good for the ratings, but it may well be better for the country. Emphasising governance rather than glitz, maybe it is time to make the presidency boring again.