George Clooney just sold his tequila business for a headline-grabbing $1B. It seems plausible that he is building his image for a presidential campaign, and, if so, Republicans should take it seriously.
Although he has spewed the standard Hollywood liberal talking points, he hasn’t come across in the deranged Ashley Judd/Madonna mold. He seems like a serious guy, not an arrogant idiot, who has taken a lower political profile than many of his contemporaries. He’s not even on Twitter, has done interviews with Fox News and Business Insider, and thereby has created space for an image of gravitas that most celebrities have squandered.
His UN “humanitarian” work seems more legitimate, low-key, and serious, than that of most Hollywood grandstanders.
He took another step toward political respectability by marrying not some starlet, but a quintessential liberal pin-up girl: exotic, brown, man-jawed, not too young, with a prestigious-sounding job as a “human rights lawyer” and now having children.
Plenty of people have speculated about a potential run for California or federal office, and he has denied interest. And of course we don’t know how his views would stand up to scrutiny or how he’d do in a debate, but he could be strong candidate. Now that President Trump has broken the glass ceiling of celebrity-type candidates, this could be a trend.
The biggest barrier to his candidacy might be a refusal by the Democratic party to accept a white male nominee.