For one reason or another, the prospective presidential bid of former Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz is generating as much buzz as a venti Iced Caffe Mocha.
At least from media types, who are easily distracted by shiny new baubles. It remains unclear whether potential voters will be seduced by the Seattle resident’s claim that he can fix American politics from the outside. In fact, it remains unclear why anybody would believe that we need any outsider to fix American politics, given the kakistocracy that currently rules the White House. (Great word, “kakistocracy”; look it up.)
Yet Schultz says he is considering a run for the presidency as an independent, telling The Seattle Times, “I strongly believe we are living in a time that demands a re-imagining of our current political system.” This has Democrats in apoplexy, out of fear that Schultz could split the anti-Trump vote and result in the president’s re-election. To which Schultz said, “I must be doing something right to garner this much attention and this much interest.”
That might be the most Trumpian statement ever, reflecting a world in which attention and interest equate success — regardless of how much failure is involved.
Before we go much further, it’s time for a bold prediction: Trump will not run for re-election. That’s just a hunch; or, perhaps, wishful thinking. But it would not be surprising if he declares “victory” and claims to have already been the most bigly president ever and decides not to run.