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Howard Schultz vanished … and no one noticed

Howard Schultz vanished … and no one noticed
June 20
13:21 2019

The is an old philosophical question: Does a tree that falls in the forest make a noise if no one hears it?  That inquiry could be applied to Howard Schultz.  Some of you may even ask, Howard who?

Well stretch your memory a bit – or Google the name – and you will recall that Schultz is the former CEO of Starbucks who announced that he was considering a run for President of the United States – the only obvious promotion from his job at the coffee company.  He was contemplating a run as an independent candidate – promising a plague on both houses of our two-party political system.

As a result of his announcement, Schultz got his proverbial 15-minutes of fame – largely due to the apoplectic response from Democrats, who saw him as more of a threat to their candidate in the General Election.

After a couple rounds of interviews, Schultz vanished from the public stage.  Part of the reason was all that media attention being bestowed on those 23 Democrats seeking their Party’s nomination.  Actually, there are probably only half dozen seriously seeking the nomination.  God know what the other dozen and a half are thinking.  But that is subject for another commentary.

Well, there is more to the Schultz disappearing act than a simple lack of interest – although that is definitely in the mix.

Schultz recently announced – and apparently no one noticed – that he is putting his officially unannounced campaign for President on hold for the summer – suggesting a return to the campaign trail in September.  He has found campaigning to be a pain in the … back.  Literally.

Schultz has undergone three operations for what he described as “acute back pain.”  Anyone who has suffered acute back pain, or known those who have, realizes what a debilitating and torturous malady it can be – and with three surgeries, it is safe to assume that Schultz has a serious problem.  He will be rehabilitating for several months.   In that regard, he deserves our sympathy and well wishes.

The only question is whether the billionaire java merchant will be well enough – and have the desire – to restart his Quixotic campaign.   Considering that his back problem came AFTER the public spotlight – meaning press attention – had moved on to others, a return is not at all certain.  He was not getting traction, to say the least.

On the other hand, he has enough money and time to mount a campaign.  With a self-funded aggressive media campaign, Schultz can buy his way back into the spotlight.  He has a great public persona.  Even those who feared his candidacy could only say nice things about the man.

He would certainly make the race more interesting – not just as an outlier candidate – but as a real outsider at a time when “outsider” is a marketable political asset.  But that particular brew is not for everyone.  Comedian Bill Maher thinks the presidency should go only to a professional politician.  His derisive response to Schultz was, “Really?  The coffee guy wants to be president?  Just because you had one profitable insight – people will overpay for coffee – doesn’t mean you can run the world.”

I am inclined to tell Maher that just because you can tell jokes does not mean you know diddly squat about what it takes to be President of the United States.

Personally, I hope Schultz makes a complete recovery and rejoins the race to the White House.  Yes, there is a part of me that thinks it could do some damage to whoever the Democrat standard bearer might be, but I also like the fact that he could just muck things up generally.  I think those who have serious issues with both parties deserve a voice.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Francie
    Francie June 21, 18:38

    Odd that you say sarcastically that a coffee salesman’s obvious promotion is to President of the US but think Trump had any better credentials. Also odd that you state Bill Maher knows diddly squat about being president of the US since all he can do is tell jokes but apparently believe Trump knows how to be president just because he (sort of) knows something about real estate.

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  2. Rocket
    Rocket June 21, 19:15

    Schultz is smart enough to know why waste money now. Spend it when you know all your opponents….not on the maybes

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  3. Doug C.
    Doug C. June 21, 20:01

    The last statement that Schultz is known to have made publicly is “I know nothing!”

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  4. JDG
    JDG July 07, 16:47

    Why so many dems in the race when they have no chance becoming the nominee, let alone defeat Trump in the general, the answer is 2024!!!

    Reply to this comment

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