Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Next Round of Oprah-Poker

I sat and noted that 60 Minutes came out today, and spoke on a new contract deal....with Oprah now as a special contributor.  The slant?  Well....she wants to focus on some special features to "heal" America. 60 Minutes has decided to give her a platform, and figures that a fair number of folks will come around to this.

In the period of 1988 to 1998....I think this would have been a brilliant move on both parties (CBS and Oprah).  In the period of 1998 to 2008...a somewhat positive move for both parties, and it would have reached to a couple of focus groups on the American landscape.

In 2017?  I think Oprah has long since missed the boat and will mostly drift out among various 'bridge-burner' and 'barn-burner' groups within the Democratic wing.  I don't see more than 30-percent of women having some must-hear enthusiasm with Oprah's 'heal' message.  Teens?  Much less so.

She might find a couple of communities and try hard with the first two or three episodes, but her 'heal' theme will have a problem with reality in America in 2017.  Charged-up politics now make some healing process practically impossible.  These lobby-groups of the Democratic Party are the chief mechanism of operation....simply skipping the working-class Democratic guy who used to be at the heart of the party.  Maybe she'll try to reintroduce this guy to the party, with her charm, emotions and mystic.  Her spirit carried her greatly in the mid-1980s and through the 1990s.  Things have changed though, and I think a fair number of people are mostly skeptical of journalist or TV gimmick.

Coupling 60 Minutes with Oprah?  Some genius at the national level probably thinks it's a 'can't lose' gimmick.  I would beg to differ.

Skeptical nature has grown a lot over the past decade.  It doesn't matter what skin color you have....what religion you profess...what beer you sip....what NFL or NCAA team you worship....what car you drive....or even what fake reality show you enjoy.  Folks are now on turbo when you view the landscape from a skeptical view.  Jim Bakker, as a religious figure in the 1980s....probably couldn't make it big in the 2017-era.  L. Ron Hubard today....if he were trying to invent a religion....would face a much more skeptical crowd.  Bill Clinton trying to explain his lust situation, would find a public today mostly laughing and asking if the oral was that good.

It is a bold new era.

My guess is that somewhere around the 4th Oprah episode....folks will openly discuss the fake nature of the episodes and that she's mostly missing reality of the 2017 landscape that exists. The hope in this whole gimmick?  Someone needs to reshuffle the cards for the 2018 mid-term election.  It has to have a totally different layout and appeal to the Democrats beyond the urban counties or these welfare-strong counties.

Oprah is the only 'dealer' left to play this type of poker and hope for better than average odds.  But I just see her hand for this poker round being worth that much in the end.  Skeptical nature will make Oprah-poker a lost cause.

More of the Barn-Burner Crowd?

For three days, I've sat and observed coverage of the anti-Trump ban order, which has resulted in large protest groups....oddly enough, at airports throughout the US.

Yes, they drive down....park in the time-parking deal....and then carry their placards to some central point where the 'bunch' of them protest to the cameras.

It is an odd thing that you notice after a while.  These significant airports with the protests?  They are all within the blue-county map of Hillary wins.  Highly urbanized areas, with major airports.

Protests at the airports on a red-county map?  No. So far, I've yet to see a single one.

Who are the protesters?  If you look at the slogans used, identifying speakers for each group....you start to notice they are the 'barn-burner-crowd'.....the various groups which make up the Democratic Party.  I noted the feminists, the environmentalist, the Muslim-Democrats, the revolutionary student players, religious groups with a Democratic cause, etc.

The plain regular working class Democratic guy, who pulls 40 hours a week and worries about jobs for his kids?  He's not there.  That's the core guy who wasn't there in the Hillary-Trump election to help the Democrats out, and he's not there now.  His missing says something about the effort, and why the news media has only a brief window to make something out of this.

These protests might make good scenery for the talkers at CNN, and give them something to talk about....but it's kind of an amusing story because more than half the nation has a problem with the current Green Card system, and the visa program.  Some of them might even say that Trump didn't go far enough.

The Democrats who get hyped up about this?  They would also be the ones who get bitter negative when some idiot Green-carded Jihad guy goes into an act in some American city and harms twenty Americans.