Mr. Jolly, I frequently agree with your opinions but not this time. Normally I’d welcome the entrance of a moderate independent presidential contender. But now, nothing less than our US Democracy is at stake. Mr. Schultz, a businessman whom I admire, presents a risk, we can’t afford.NOW’S THE TIME WHERE ALL HANDS ON DECK ARE REQUIRED TO SAVE THIS US DEMOCRACY FROM BEING ATTACKED FROM WITHIN AND WITHOUT. I’D BE 1ST TO WELCOME MODERATE INDEPENDENT BUT NOT NOW WHEN THE STAKES ARE SO HIGH. ALL NEVER TRUMPERS=DEM PARTY. APPLY CPR, THEN INTRO ALTERNATIVES.
As per a 1/28/19 Washington Post report by Eli Rosenberg, “Michael R. Bloomberg knows a lot about third parties.”
“The former New York mayor has been the country’s most prominent political independent since leaving the Republican Party in 2007, and he has long entertained speculation that he would run for president.”
“But Bloomberg, who is considering another presidential run, is now a Democrat. It’s not that his politics have changed. The business tycoon, a noted proponent of decisions driven by data and analytics, said that he realized that an independent could never succeed in the United States’ electoral system.”
“Bloomberg’s decision to avoid a third-party candidacy in 2020 has drawn into sharp focus that made by another prominent billionaire. Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, announced this week that he was exploring a potential presidential bid as an independent.”
In a statement released Monday (1/28/19), Bloomberg spoke harshly of third-party candidacies, pointing to the research he’d done on independent candidacies in the past.
His conclusion was clear: “In 2020, the great likelihood is that an independent would just split the anti-Trump vote and end up reelecting the President.”
“The data was very clear and consistent,” he said. “Given the strong pull of partisanship and the realities of the electoral college system, there is no way an independent can win. That is truer today than ever before.”
Bloomberg’s statements punctuated the sustained criticism that had been directed at Shultz since his announcement.
“That’s a risk I refused to run in 2016 and we can’t afford to run it now,” he said. “We must remain united, and we must not allow any candidate to divide or fracture us.”
Howard Schultz’s presidential dream crushed by Paul Krugman in devastating ‘nobody wants him’ tweetstorm
Raw Story listed all of the tweets below:
Howard Schultz may go away once he realizes that nobody wants him. Or maybe not: with great wealth comes great ego, plus people who will feed it. But let’s treat this as a teachable moment about what centrism means in America today 1/ https://politics.theonion.com/howard-schultz-considering-independent-presidential-run-1832126653 …
Howard Schultz Considering Independent Presidential Run After Finding No Initial Support Among Any…
SEATTLE—Expressing concerns that Democratic and Republican parties no longer represented people like him, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz revealed Monday that he was considering an independent…
On economics, Schultz is way to the right of the public 2/ https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1090103231693406208 …
Haven’t been hanging in every word but in the last 48 hrs of his pre-campaign I’ve heard @HowardSchultz attack Medicare 4 All, higher marginal rates, attack social security, embrace fiscal austerity. I’ve heard him say he doesn’t support a wall. He’s running as an anti-Democrat.
As I pointed out in my column today, the public wants higher taxes on the rich and more spending on social programs 3/ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/opinion/elizabeth-warren-tax-plan.html?
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But boy, is it heavily represented in those green rooms. For Schultz is basically the very model of a major modern centrist. Remember, the Simpson-Bowles report, which induced rapture in the Beltway establishment, called for CUTS in marginal tax rates https://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/opinion/12krugman.html …
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And concern about fiscal responsibility was always selective. Awards for Paul Ryan; effective silence when the Trump tax cut blew up the deficit; but constant stern lectures to Democrats about how they must pay for their promises 7/ https://twitter.com/DylanByers/status/1089914854079643648 …
Howard Schultz almost certainly isn’t going to win … but fiscal responsibility is a crucial issue and deserves to be front & center in the 2020 race. Because as w Sanders 2016, Democratic hopefuls are making big promises w/o providing specific details https://link.nbcnews.com/view/5bce14339c625f44575795199fb56.5as/95ad593e …
As I was saying: centrist on the right, only attacks Democrats 9/ https://twitter.com/AnnieLinskey/status/1090225460712214528 …
On @NPR billionaire potential prez candidate Howard Schultz rips in @SenWarren tax plan on the rich, saying it was created just for headlines and predicting it would never pass.
Who says there are any Schultz voters? Aside from immediate family, and given secret ballots not sure about them.
We don’t *really* know who Schultz’s voters are, but he’s taking a lot of bait right now for Democrats who want to portray him as just another Trumpy rich guy. https://twitter.com/IsaacDovere/status/1090254613893337088 …