Former NBA star Charles Barkley announced today that he is leaving the Republican Party to run as a Democrat for Governor of Alabama:
"I was a Republican until they lost their minds," he said earlier this month.
This immediately got me thinking. If 17% of Illinois voters already say they would vote for a third party candidate over Blagojevich and Topinka, wouldn't Oprah be a shoe-in as a write-in candidate for Governor?
-She's got name recognition
-Fundraising won't be an issue
-She's got the swing voters and Democrats in her camp
-A political career is an obvious extension of the advocacy she does through her show
She'd have to figure out how to be Governor and still tape her show every day, but I'm sure she'd figure that out.