The media has been abuzz with predictions about the impact of Oprah Winfrey’s campaigning on behalf of Barack Obama. Many wonder if her star power will do the same for a presidential candidate as it does for books. Calling her South Carolina appearance in front of a crowd of 29,000 “Oprahpalooza,” Katherine Seelye analyzed her speech’s pointed ways of engaging African-American voters in the New York Times. Marty Kaplan remarked on the Huffington Post that the antiwar message Oprah delivered during her weekend appearances sent the message to the country and its politicians: “If Oprah can feel it and think it and say it, then you can feel it and think it and say it.”
The question we at The White House Project want to hear your thoughts on is: what effect will this icon and agenda-setter for women across the world have on women’s political participation, in Election 2008?