February 2, 2019
Author and spiritual guide Marianne Williamson to seek 2020 Democratic nomination
by Ryan Harrington
In all kinds of blog posts past, we’ve seen the line between author and politician (and politician-adjacent) blurred.
Now, a best-selling author—who also has the ear of Oprah on spiritual matters (say, that sounds a lot like the set-up of Ross Simonini’s novel Book of Formation)—is seeking a mega-promotion: to President of the United States.
You may know Marianne Williamson from smash hit spiritual books like A Return to Love, or her 2014 run for congress in California (4th place in the primary).
But she’s hoping you’ll soon know her as the Democratic presidential nominee, and the Abraham Lincoln who patched up what she sees as this country’s “emotional civil war.”
She formally announced her candidacy last week in Los Angeles.
Now there’s no doubt that an author in the office will be preferable to a TV game show host. And Williamson seems like she can do one better, promising in an interview with John Berman at CNN to take on our “amoral economic system” and to hack away at the “layers of systemic racism” in this country.
And as CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi reports, Williamson’s spiritually-tinted proposals “mostly align with progressive policies like universal health care, free higher education and a Green New Deal.”
(**Heads up: for more on the many slippery things universal health care can mean and, unfortunately, not mean, check this out).
For now, our job is to make sure that commitments to these policy objectives represent the minimum ante for being seriously considered as a Democratic candidate in 2020.
Ryan Harrington is a senior editor at Melville House.