Politics is often the art of being lucky (see Barack Obama) and Trump just got the gift of a lifetime from nemesis Howard Schultz.
Schultz, the founder and former CEO of Starbucks clashed with Trump early and often, such is his ego, over numerous policies.
Howard wants to run for President as an independent, he is close to making it official and if he does he basically hands the 2020 election to Trump.
Trump’s base is solid, but he will need to expand it to win in 2020 or shrink the Democrats support.
The best way forward would be to have a viable and well-funded third party candidate that leans liberal, to siphon off Dem votes as the election will, as usual, come down to a few thousand votes in a few swing states.
From The Atlantic:
Before there was Jill Stein, there was Ralph Nader. Before there was Nader, there was Ross Perot.
None won. All argued that the Republican Party and the Democratic Party were basically the same, and the only way to make real change was to ditch them both. Each was blamed for siphoning off enough votes to throw the presidential elections.
These days, the difference between the parties is starker than it’s ever been in modern times. Yet here comes Howard Schultz, a billionaire who feels that he might be the answer to American politics, and that he’d run for president as an independent.
Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, says in a 60 Minutes interview already recorded but airing on Sunday that he is thinking very seriously about a presidential run—but he stops short of a full announcement.
He makes clear, however, that if he moves forward, he will do so as an independent.
Already top Democratic operatives working for presidential candidates and beyond say they’re worried that the only thing he’ll accomplish is making sure Donald Trump gets re-elected. It’s more than just sniping at a prospective opponent; word that he might invest in an independent run has many of them clearly worried about how he’d split votes in a general election.