Who’s afraid of Howard Schultz? Everybody it seems. President Donald J. Trump was against the former Starbucks CEO-turned-possible presidential candidate, perhaps fearing he would corner part of the I’ve-done-the-business-thing-so-of-course-I’m-qualified-to-be-president market. Then someone must’ve reminded Trumpet that Schultz is a Democrat who would only rob the Dems of votes as a third party candidate, so Donnie Two Scoops has laid off.
The Dems, of course, are nervous. Another day, another announcement of a hat in the ring. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and now Cory Booker — to name but a few — none of whom I think are going to get the nomination. (Let’s face it. We’re waiting for Beto O’Rourke, aren’t we”)
Nor are the Dems helping themselves with a stereotypically leftist week. Celebrating abortion by lighting One World Trade Center pink (what were you thinking, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo?); practically endorsing the possibility of infanticide in late-term abortions that may result in a live birth (What were you thinking, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a doctor by training?). And then, growing out of opposition to Northam’s remarks, opponents got hold of his medical school yearbook, in which he may have appeared in blackface.
OK, way to shoot yourselves in the feet, Dems. Has the shrewd maneuvering of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi taught you nothing? You’re playing right into the hands of conservatives and Republicans who saysyou’re reckless, immoral and hypercritical. If the Dems aren’t careful they won’t have to worry about Schultz playing spoiler. They’ll defeat themselves.
The Dems need to keep it together. Presidential politics is like the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby starts with a crowded field of 20-something hopefuls. The Preakness has fewer as horse owners position themselves for the longer last leg, the Belmont Stakes and, possibly, the role of Triple Crown spoiler.
We’re all in the race of our lives. And we’ve got a long way to go.