Her supposed popularity. Yes, she's popular as an entertainer. That doesn't mean she'd be popular as a political candidate, especially right after we just had a TV star who was extremely unpopular as a president. Additionally, we don't know what she would do. We don't know if she would pick people who are qualified, and even if she does, she will still have roles in many decisions that she doesn't have the experience for.Jebus wrote:Political experience is more important before the election than after. Her popularity and funding potential will make up for this lack in political experience. After the election (if elected) she would most likely have experienced politicians help her with the Washington inside stuff.
Even if she is popular enough as a political candidate to win the democratic primary, I worry about her prospects in the general election, because from what I have seen, republicans absolutely hate the idea of Oprah becoming president. And even if she is elected, the United States is suffering from a massive national unity problem due to the polarization of politics. The two sides have extremely negative feelings regarding each other, and another polarizing candidate will exacerbate that.
I concede that I could've been less strong in my language. No, just having a terrible president who was a TV star doesn't prove that all TV stars would be terrible presidents. However, I believe Trump's bad decisions are in part due to his lack of experience. For example, he put people in his administration who did not get along, which led to instability in the White House. He also trusted people who he shouldn't have, such as Steve Bannon, which led to the attempted Muslim ban. He made a lot of mistakes that can be explained well by lack of experience.The Trump fiasco shows what happens when one puts a narcissist with the mental age of 13 in office.
I'm surprised that you would write that one case study "proves that this is problematic."
I disagree. Yes, you can have personality traits that are necessary to be president even if you are not a politician, but you also need knowledge of the world and how politics work or bad things will happen, as demonstrated by Trump.An awful example. Let's start listing some of the most important skills needed to be a great president.
Being a good communicator (this includes being a good diplomat and a good public speaker)
Knowing one's own weaknesses
Consulting and listening to experts
Having the ability to make decisions when some will suffer at the benefit of a greater number
Being a rational, critical thinker
These skills could come from a multitude of different professions.