‘I think that would be a terrible legacy for anyone to leave…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks, is entertaining a third-party bid for the presidency in 2020 … and Democrats are begging him to reconsider, according to The Independent.
The fear among many is that Schultz, a hardcore leftist, will inevitably split the anti-Trump vote, leading to the re-election of the man whom liberals despise more than anyone else in the country.
In the 2000 presidential race, Al Gore was a victim of similar circumstances, when Green Party candidate Ralph Nader possibly siphoned off enough votes from Gore in the crucial state of Florida that Republican George W. Bush was able to win the election.
With a net worth of over $3 billion, Schultz would be a far more credible candidate than Nader or Stein. In fact, Schultz would probably perform better than any third-party presidential candidate since Ross Perot in 1992, who wound up with 19 percent of the vote—thus helping vault Hillary’s husband, Bill, into the White House with no more than a plurality.
According to The Independent, Democrats are “reacting with horror” to the possibility of a third-party Schultz bid.
Tina Podlodowski, Washington State Democratic Party chair, tweeted: “I have two words for Howard Schultz on a potential run for president as an independent: Just. Don’t. Too much is at stake to make this about the ambitions of any one person.”
Podlodowski advised him to instead use his billions to support the Democratic Party’s efforts in Washington state, where he resides.
Hey @HowardSchultz Just. Don’t. If you’re a Democrat, run as a Democrat. Invest in Party infrastructure so we can win the White House, Senate, expand House majorities. You can even start at home w/@washdems Support us, so far you never have. Call me!https://t.co/WqT5mSGaxE
— Tina Podlodowski (@Tinapo) January 19, 2019
Democratic strategist Howard Wolfson, a former Clinton adviser who is now doing the same work for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg echoed those sentiments.
“Anyone thinking of running for president as an independent would have to think really hard about splitting the anti-incumbent, anti-Trump vote and just playing the spoiler role and reelection Trump,” Wolfson said. “I think that would be a terrible legacy for anyone to leave.”
Right now, Schultz’s likely legacy is as entrepreneur who transformed a small Seattle coffee chain into a multi-billion dollar powerhouse and pioneer on the front lines of corporate virtue-signaling.
No wonder Democrats are worried.