Oprah Hits the Trail

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Nov 26, 2007 8:49 AM
She's stumping for Barack in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina:

The popular talk show host and media mogul plans to visit Iowa on Saturday, Dec. 8, with stops in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. The following day, she'll travel to Columbia, S.C. Later that day, Obama's campaign said, she'll travel to Manchester, N.H.

This isn't the first time Oprah has lent her star power to the Illinois senator.

In September, she rolled out the red carpet for Obama at a gala fundraiser in California that brought in about $3 million for his campaign.

So, that wraps up the vapid daytime TV-watcher vote for Obama, but it remains to be seen how many of them will actually leave the couch to cast a vote. But seriously, I'm interested to see how this plays.

Oprah holds a good amount of sway with the black community and with women, and Obama has counted on tapping into new voters in those communities to win. But I wonder if they'll be about as reliable voters as young people always are in the general election. Which is to say, not at all.