Senator Oprah?

By Jaketapper

Jan 26, 2009 8:49am

On Good Morning America just a second ago, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told Diane Sawyer that one of the individuals whom he was considering appointing to fill President Obama’s Senate seat was Oprah Winfrey.

"I’ve heard Oprah," Sawyer said, in a conversation about other possible candidates.

"That is true," Blago said, "the idea came from a friend."

Among the considerations, the embattled Illinois governor said, was the fact that "she seemed to be someone who had helped Barack Obama in a significant way become president. She was obviously someone with a much broader bully pulpit than other senators."

On the other hand, Blago said, "she probably wouldn’t take it."

Another question: "If you offered it to her, how do you do it in a way that it didn’t look like it was some gimmick and embarrass her?"

- jpt

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