The Democrats are terrified, and rightly so after the Anti-Trump CEO of Starbuck’s Coffee Howard Schultz has talked about running for President in 2020 as an independent candidate.
Here is more on this via Fox News:
Mike Allen, the well-wired reporter for Axios, says Democrats are beyond being furious at Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks. Allen is “hearing threats of boycotts and social isolation, attacks on Starbucks, and emotional, insistent lobbying of his advisers.”
The anti-Trump talking heads and liberal consultants are terrified at the mere thought that an “independent centrist” presidential candidate like Schultz would draw some votes from a liberal Democratic nominee running against President Trump in 2020.
Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, goes so far as to say Schultz should “spend this time and money doing something that won’t ruin the world.”
So Schultz, a lifelong Democrat who nonetheless thinks some ideas like excessive debt and the cost of entitlements should be up for debate, has gone overnight from being viewed on the left as an innovative business hero to a partisan piñata
Let’s calm down and look at the evidence that Howard Schultz is an enemy of democracy.
“It’s not at all clear – in my opinion – whether an Old Rich Business Guy running a 3rd party bid would be more likely to hurt Trump or to help him. People are assuming the latter but not really presenting much in the way of proof,” said Nate Silver, founder of the election website FiveThirtyEight, which has a good track record of prognostication. “If you think Ross Perot and Ralph Nader belong in the same category you probably ought to be doubting yourself a lot more.”
Other analysts agree. Steve Kornacki – now with MSNBC – wrote in Salon in 2011 that independent “spoilers” often don’t spoil who people think.
In 1980, liberal Republican John Anderson was thought to hurt Ronald Reagan’s chances of beating President Jimmy Carter.
Democrats claim that third party candidates such as Ross Perot and Ralph Nader have swung elections in the past.”
Schultz, although he is a leftist, he is a moderate leftist who claims to be a fiscal conservative. And that’s clearly not what today’s Democrat Party wants. They prefer the fringe nuts such as the two newly sworn-in Muslim congresswomen who spew anti-Semitism at every turn, or the ignoramuses such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It’s definitely not JFK’s Democrat Party by a long shot.