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Oprah Winfrey Floated As Potential Replacement for California Senator Dianne Feinstein

Oprah Winfrey Floated As Potential Replacement for California Senator Dianne Feinstein

Placing a celebrity in the seat could help CA Gov. Gavin Newsom avoid picking favorites among actual declared senate candidates

We have been following the news of California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s return to Congress after suffering from shingles and the increasing calls for her to resign.

There are now indications that California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been weighing a variety of replacements should her seat become vacant. One name on the shortlist is astonishing.

Should a vacancy occur, a range of names, from obscure to famous — including Oprah Winfrey — have been floated in California circles as possible replacements. Newsom, who is mentioned as a possible future presidential contender, would also have to deal with political complexities, some of his own making: In 2021 he promised to appoint a Black woman should Feinstein’s seat become open. Meanwhile, a 2024 Senate campaign is underway to fill the seat when the senator’s term ends in January 2025.

The situation has created a sad, public coda for the groundbreaking career of a Democratic leader who shattered gender barriers in California and Washington.

There are reasons Winfrey’s name is being floated.

Placing a celebrity in the seat could also help Newsom avoid picking favorites among actual declared senate candidates, AP added. U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee is currently running against Reps. Katie Porter and Adam Schiff. Lee is Black, and Porter and Schiff are white.

As it stands, Newsom may not even have a chance to make the appointment. Feinstein has said that she is not planning to step down from her position before her term ends in 2025. Feinstein’s office did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

Winfrey did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

In 2018, Oprah’s friends pushed her to make a 2020 run for president, according to CNN, but she has publicly denied having presidential ambitions.

Newsom had already appointed one United States senator when Vice President Kamala Harris’s seat went to Senator Alex Padilla, California’s first Latino senator. Newsom then promised to appoint a black woman to replace Feinstein if she ever were to resign.

I suspect he would like not to have to explain why he chose race over qualifications as he eyes his future political career.

Mr. Newsom has expressed his wishes for her improved health, calling her “a mentor and a friend.” But he cannot escape the political ramifications if she were to leave office early, since he would be forced to pick her replacement.

“I hope I’ll never have to make that decision,” Mr. Newsom said last month.

Meanwhile, former Senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton is pressing Feinstein to stay in.

“Here’s the dilemma: The Republicans will not agree to add someone else to the Judiciary Committee if she retires,” she told Time magazine on Monday, in an interview published Tuesday night. “I want you to think about how crummy that is. So I don’t know what’s in her heart about whether she really would or wouldn’t, but right now, she can’t. Because if we’re going to get judges confirmed, which is one of the most important continuing obligations that we have, then we cannot afford to have her seat vacant.”

Mrs. Clinton suggested that her answer might be different “if Republicans were to say and do the decent thing.” But, she added, “They won’t say that.”

The Democrats had options during the last election cycle. Choices have consequences, and the ensuing consequences will be as entertaining and full of pathos as anything seen on the Oprah Winfrey Network.


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Suburban Farm Guy | May 25, 2023 at 9:09 am

Funny to follow a story on whales with Oprah being floated

I think it is important the Feinstein stay in her position as long as she is incapable of voting or doing much of anything. Like Biden and Fetterman she is a strong independent voice for the mphsjehsrdep community.

Oprah has all of the qualifications:
a. not white
b. ultra wealthy
c. ultra woke
d. Hollywood celebrity
e. nonbinary

I think they can skip the election altogether, and just swear her in tomorrow.

Kalipornia is not a serious place anymore

    henrybowman in reply to geronl. | May 25, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    RI high school, 1960s: “Student government elections are serious! They’re not a popularity contest!”
    CA federal elections, 2020s: “Take it off! Take it off! Take it off!”*

    (The “Masked Singer” ceremony… though by now the older traditional venue would work, too.)

Psst, . . . here is Newsom’s short list:
1. Oprah
2. Lizzo
3. Dylan Mulvaney

Steven Brizel | May 25, 2023 at 9:40 am

What qualifications does Whitney have besides mioney and a big mouth?

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Steven Brizel. | May 25, 2023 at 9:44 am

    1) celebrity status

    2) likely has the support of her target audience: box-wine-drinking, divorced, lonely white women

    3) virtually every black woman

    If Mazie Hirono and John Fetterman can serve as Senators, there is no bar low enough. Oprah is miles above either of them. She’s as destructive as either one of them, but worlds smarter.

2smartforlibs | May 25, 2023 at 9:49 am

Before the left goes insane don’t they think maybe DIFI and her chicom driver ned to step down first?

E Howard Hunt | May 25, 2023 at 9:57 am

This is wonderful news. Oprah can use the appointment as a launching pad to the presidency. If she chooses Michelle as her running mate, we get a Double O presidency with Stedman as the First Fancy Man.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | May 25, 2023 at 10:08 am

I’m guessing that asking questions about her qualifications will be labeled “hate speech”. Likewise once she’s in office she will be immune to criticism.

Like Michelle Obama, Winfrey is another black woman of exceptional wealth and privilege, who was caught slandering an innocent white woman with manifestly false and vile accusations of alleged racism (with respect to Obama, I refer to her photo op visit to a Target store in Virginia, play-acting as a working-class mom, in which an elderly woman shopper who clearly didn’t recognize the sunglasses-wearing, baseball cap-clad Obama, asked for her help in reaching an item situation on a high shelf. Obama obliged, then played the incident on late-night TV for laughs, as an example of her alleged magnanimity and a “feel-good” moment helping a peasant plebe. Then, a year or so later, in a puff piece Vogue magazine article, Obama brazenly re-case the same incident as an alleged example of racism, claiming that the woman had recognized her and proceeded to treat her as the hired help.)

Fifteen or so years ago, Winfrey visited a designer handbag store in some European city, after which she falsely claimed that the white clerk had refused to show her an expensive handbag. The hapless clerk refuted the entire accusation, stating that the incident simply didn’t happen, and, she couldn’t fathom why Winfrey would claim such a thing.

Well, I can hazard a guess why Winfrey did such a thing — she’s an utterly vile, dishonest, self-aggrandizing reprobate, who, like the vile Michelle Obama, sought victimhood as currency by slandering an innocent and powerless woman, despite her obscene wealth, privilege and powerful status. Both of these crones are pure sociopaths.

Egad, can we please start eliminating this worship of celebrities? As if their notoriety somehow means they’re capable of representing constituents in any of the branches of our government? Oh, wait, that would require the electorate to be wise and diligent in choosing their representatives….

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to GWB. | May 25, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    Besides, Bounce, or however you spell it, is so much more qualified and stuff.

    healthguyfsu in reply to GWB. | May 25, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    Agree….and our side needs to do it with Trump, too.

    Wash them all away and start with character and integrity as heroics, not theatrics and grandstanding.

It’s gonna take more than pool noodles to float Oprah.

We are witnessing, (well, at least some of are) the biggest perversion of our legal system in the history of our country, right before our eyes and for some reason LI is ignoring it.

    henrybowman in reply to MarkS. | May 25, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    We are witnessing the prequel to Idiocracy.
    Now it’s too late for Mike Judge to film one, CNN is already doing it.
    Now let’s welcome President (and former pro wrestler and pornstar) Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho!

inspectorudy | May 25, 2023 at 3:37 pm

Maybe she’ll buy all the Senators new cars.

They should just pick a random homeless person off the streets of LA or San Francisco.

At least then, there’d be a chance that the new Senator might actually represent the interests of the people living in the State.

She will be only 70 when she assumes office in January 2024. That’s a decade or two before senility is likely to set in. She won’t fit in with the other Democratic “leaders”.

BierceAmbrose | May 29, 2023 at 6:05 pm

What’s her position on reparations?