This is not the most surprising political story so far in the electoral cycle – varied Democrats are unhappy with the idea that Howard Schultz, formerly of Starbucks, might have a tilt at the Presidency as an independent. For, as they correctly identify, he’s rather more likely to take votes off whoever the Democrat nominee is than he is to pull people away from Trumps’ base. This would then give Trump the opportunity to slip through in a three way tie. Wouldn’t that be a tragedy?[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Top Democrats say they fear that an independent presidential run in 2020 by billionaire former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz would serve mainly to siphon off enough voters from the Democratic nominee to help hand President Donald Trump a second term. “I do share that concern, if he did run… it would provide Trump with his best hope for getting re-elected,” former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who recently announced his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” [/perfectpullquote]
Well, obviously Castro is worried as he thinks he’s got some vague chance of being that Democratic nominee. The rest of us might not think it’s much of one but still.[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] That’s partly because — as Schultz told “60 Minutes” on Sunday — he’s considering running as an independent, a prospect many worry could draw support from the eventual Democratic nominee and hand President Donald Trump another four years in office. Among those urging him not to run as an independent are David Axelrod, the former adviser to President Barack Obama, and Tina Podlodowski, the Democratic Party chairwoman in Washington state, where Schultz has lived for decades. “For somebody who is professing to be a lifelong Democrat, I think to be running as in independent in this particular cycle is not a wise thing to do,” Podlodowski said. [/perfectpullquote]
Our view around here is that of course Schultz should run. No, not because we carry any banner for Trump but because that’s the American way. Anyone can grow up to become President, that’s the American Dream. So, anyone should be able to have a run at it, no?