A few weeks ago, I was passing through Dulles airport, outside Washington DC, when I spotted a rack of T-shirts on sale. Each of them carried a gigantic "O" — emblazoned in red, white and blue — and the words: Speak Your Truth: Oprah 2020. Welcome to the next round of the American political fight. Until now, Oprah Winfrey has been best known as host of a cable TV show and lifestyle guru, but these days she is being whispered about in terms of another role: a possible candidate to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 election, either on the Democrat ticket or as an independent. To be fair, this is not something Winfrey herself has ever said she intends to do. On the contrary, she has repeatedly played down the idea. But these days the Democrats are under pressure to find somebody — anybody — to unseat Trump. While the names of established politicians — such as Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Tim Kaine or even former vice-president Joe Biden— are being tossed around, it is the non-tradition...

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