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It seems former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is thinking of running for President in 2020 – as an independent. All I can say is, yes, please do! Excerpt, with my comments interspersed:
“We’re living at a most fragile time,” Schultz told CBS’s Scott Pelley in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired on Sunday. “Not only the fact that this President is not qualified to be the president, but the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged every single day in revenge politics.”
He has a point. Not so much on the first portion; decades as a CEO almost certainly qualify President Trump for his office than did less than one full term as a Senator did his predecessor. Yes, both parties seem quite absorbed with sniping at each other. But that’s hardly anything new in American politics.
Last week, CNN reported two people familiar with Schultz’s thinking said the businessman is exploring a potential 2020 presidential run as an independent.
Ross Perot and Ralph Nader would like a word.
A person close to Schultz’s advisers said his team is “exploring a possible independent bid for the presidency in 2020,” but the person emphasized that all options remained on the table.
Like running as a Democrat? Schultz is trying to paint himself as a rational moderate, but the Dem primaries this cycle are going to be a shitshow of which candidate can run harder and faster to the left.
(Schultz) is thinking deeply about his future and how he can best serve the country,” the person said.
Schultz, who describes himself as a “lifelong Democrat,” stepped down as chairman and CEO of Starbucks last year, and said at the time he was exploring what he could do next to be most helpful to the future of America.
Well, in a manner of speaking, he may achieve that if he runs as an independent; he’ll achieve it by splitting the liberal vote, effectively Peroting the election and assuring President Trump’s victory. Given the loony bin that makes up the Democratic field at the moment, he’d be doing the country a favor.
You’d think these people would learn. I can tell you one thing; were I Ralph Nader, I’d think long and hard about showing my face in any strong Democratic area in Florida today, even now, almost two decades after the notorious 2000 electoral result.
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.