Do the Democrats need to run more celebrity candidates? | The Tylt
Two of our last four Republican presidents were celebrities first, politicians second, and many say Democrats must field celebrity candidates to win again. After Hillary Clinton’s defeat, Michael Moore argued: “Democrats would be better off if they ran Oprah or Tom Hanks... why don’t we run beloved people?” Others think it's pathetic that Americans require celebrities to get off their asses and vote. We need experienced public servants in charge. What do you think? 🎥 🌟
Do the Democrats need to run more celebrity candidates?
Sure, a lot of people don't like it but the fact is, our world revolves around media and celebrity. Donald Trump would not be president were it not for "The Apprentice." Democrats need to accept this reality if they ever want to win again.
History shows that celebrity candidates can win, and it’s for the same reason that politicians like Obama and the Clintons tout celebrity endorsements: We live in a media-saturated world where fame has persuasive power.
But others strongly object to the whole idea of recruiting movie stars. Is the lesson of Donald Trump's presidency that we should value fame over knowledge? Name recognition over expertise?
Plus, the Democrats have plenty of charismatic, telegenic candidates on the bench, like Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Joaquín Castro. Maybe people won't show up to mega rallies for Adam Schiff, Elizabeth Warren, or Ted Lieu, but liberals will sure as hell vote for them.
Others say time for Democrats to recruit their best and most popular spokespeople: Jon Stewart, Leonardo DiCaprio, Eva Longoria, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington.
President Trump proved experience and policy knowledge do not matter—being able to fill a stadium does. People derided Barack Obama as a celebrity politician, but the truth is Obama had real star power.
Democrats need to seriously consider recruiting more celebrities to run for office. It may be our only chance...— 🔮 (@amakainc) July 23, 2017
Others say this is pretty much the dumbest idea ever.
Is this going to be the Democrats "fuck it, if Trump won we can run rich, problematic celebrities too" thing?— Phil Perspective (@PhilPerspective) May 30, 2017
If President Trump starts a nuclear war with North Korea, Americans may rethink the whole celebrity thing.