Who the hell is Marianne Williamson?
That was the question that millions of Americans asked after they stole the show during the Democratic presidential debate last night.
We know this because Google revealed in a stunning statistic that Williamson was the most wanted candidate in 49 of the 50 states. (Government Steve Bullock was top in his home state, Montana. Don't they know who he is there?)
To put this into perspective, before the debate began, it was most searched in just two states.
Marianne Williamson thrilled the CNN theater audience and got viewers to race at home to find out more about her
Is Marianne Williamson the liberal Trump? She, too, had virtually no political experience before applying for President, is a very successful entrepreneur, extremely comfortable in her own skin and knows how to get busy.
Momentum is a huge, game-changing thing in politics, and by the time the debate ended, it was all with crazy Marianne.
From her highly iodized style of talking to her dismissive & # 39; yada yada yada & # 39; attack on Democrats withdrawn company money and her warning for the & # 39; dark psychic power & # 39; from president Trump of collective hatred, she electrified the CNN theater audience and got viewers racing at home to find out more about her.
What's so weird about her breakout moment is that she's … so weird.
As Rolling Stone put it, she is & # 39; a cross between Stevie Nicks, a character from Tennessee Williams and your mother after she took too much Xanax on the plane. & # 39;
Those who googled her last night have discovered that Williamson, who calls himself a "b * t for God," is an old spiritual guru with a very colorful background.
She admitted that she had her years & # 39; 20 in a haze of & # 39; bad boys and dope & # 39; had once lived in a congregation in a geodesic dome in New Mexico, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler helped get rid of drugs, on Elizabeth Taylor's wedding with construction worker Larry Fortensky, and has been Oprah & # 39; s spiritual counselor .
So far, so very different from Donald Trump.
Yet Williamson is in many ways the female Trump.
She also had virtually no political experience before applying for the president.
She is also a very successful entrepreneur who has written numerous bestsellers who tell Americans how to make their lives a success.
She is also extremely comfortable in her own skin, breathes confidence and cuts through the normal political nonsense.
Williamson also knows how to get the crowd going and is an experienced television performer in an era where television is the most powerful political marketing tool in the world.
And she is also a skilled and aggressive user of social media, with millions of followers on Twitter and Facebook.
Just like with Trump, there are numerous negatives to counteract the positives.
She too has a fiery mood, likes to be in charge and does not like to be challenged. Former employees called her & # 39; despotic & # 39; and said she had a & # 39; tyrannical impact and was not even able to hear divergent opinions. & # 39; When Williamson was asked for a response, he said: & I have a dramatic personality. If I do things right, it is a great right; if it's wrong, it's a big mistake. & # 39;
Before the debate began, most states were looking for Bernie Sanders on Google, and some were looking for Elizabeth Warren and Marianne Williamson
During the debate, however, 49 states were most looking for Williamson. The only deviation was Montana, the third least populated US state, which was still looking for Bullock
(Trump is also a dramatic personality who does great things right and wrong, he just doesn't give in when he's wrong.)
And she too has a number of views that are downright dangerous.
Williamson's attacked mandatory vaccines such as "Orwellian" and "draconian" for example. This comes at a time when the measles are going up again, this is a particularly worrying attitude for someone who wants to become president.
But she has a very similar empowerment message to that of Trump in 2016: vote for me and I will suffer broken, healed America.
It worked for him, so why should it not work for her?
I personally find many Williamson's self-help guff absurd, but then I find most self-help guff absurd.
However, many Americans do not, and so they spend billions of dollars every year on self-help books from everyone, from Oprah to Gwyneth and her Goop.
When Williamson says: “The power of your mind is greater than the power of nuclear radiation,” my toes are curling. Yet I can imagine that many Americans are flying in the air and feel that they are suddenly more powerful than an atomic bomb.
Nor is part of her so-called bizarre opinion so bizarre.
She has been attacked for rejecting depression as a tool for major pharmaceutical companies to exploit. But she actually said this: "In recent years, the pharmaceutical companies have medicalized medicines. I am not saying that there is no mental illness, but I am saying that there is a spectrum of normal human despair that is not mental illness. When someone you love dies, if you go bankrupt, lose something professionally, go through a divorce … that is very painful but it is not a mental illness and can be tackled better with spiritual than with pharmaceutical means. & # 39;
I agree with her.
Americans consume 80% of the painkillers in the world, suggesting – as with the ridiculous NRA argument that more weapons means less crime – that more painkillers means less pain, while that is clearly not the case.
To free America from its unbridled self-medication and obsessions for victimhood would greatly benefit society.
Williamson also has a certain level of self-awareness and the ability to laugh at himself escaping Trump.
"I can't really complain about some of the ridicule," she said after her gig was widely scoffed in the first debate. "I mean, part of it was hilarious. Some people think I'm absolutely crazy! "
Yes, they do, but recognizing that fact in a jocular self-removing way is an attractive trait.
As things stand, I don't think Marianne Williamson will win the Democratic nomination.
And even if she did, I believe that Trump would probably put her in a flat line in the 2020 elections.
But what she did last night was putting a much needed rocket on the complacent collective back of the field of the Democratic presidential candidate.
She has rightly identified the cold, harsh reality that no shrill socialist socialist can beat someone like Trump, especially if the economy is doing well.
She knows he can't handle crazy policy issues alone and that the nominee must eventually wage a rhetorical fight for Trump and have a simple positive message for America that resonates just as loudly with voters as his & # 39; Make America Great Did Again & # 39; mantra it in 2016, and as Obama & # 39; s & # 39; Yes we can! & # 39; theme did it in 2008.
Williamson knows how to get the pressure going and is an experienced television performer in an era where television is the most powerful political marketing tool in the world
Williamson has urged Democrats not to choose the "safe" choice: "I believe that this is a moment and a situation where what some consider a safe choice is the most dangerous choice we can make. Donald Trump is not a politician. Donald Trump is a phenomenon. And it takes a phenomenon to beat him. & # 39;
I think she's right.
I interviewed Williamson, with her friend Sharon Stone, for CNN in 2013.
She then met me as tough, no-nonsense, intense and on a mission.
"The real story is not how do I get my power," she said, "but how do I use that power to change the world for the better?"
Maybe we'll figure it out.
I've thought for a while that only an out-of-the-box rock star like Michelle could beat Obama or Oprah Trump in 2020, but both women insist they won't walk.
Marianne Williamson showed last night that she is closest to them in this area.
She may not be everyone's cup of ginseng tea, but she has passion, confidence, verve, and star power.
These are four qualities that are very lacking in the rest of the Democratic candidates.
Anyone can laugh at her the way they want, but then everyone laughed at Donald Trump until the night he won.
. (TagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) news (t) royals (t) Meghan-markle