Starbucks CEO urged to run against Hillary; the left’s tamer Trump?

Democrat presidential front runner Hillary Clinton might be getting a jolt of caffeinated competition.

According to The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is being encouraged to challenge Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

“Potent friends of America’s lord of latte, Howard Schultz, have been pressing him to join the Democratic primary, thinking the time is right for someone who’s not a political lifer,” Dowd wrote.

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Schultz comes from a housing project of Brooklyn, N.Y., and built himself up, graduating from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

He was hired by Starbucks in 1982 as the director of retail operations and marketing and went on to purchase the company in 1987 before making it the global juggernaut it is today, according to

“He has strong opinions, and even position papers, about what he calls the fraying American dream,” Dowd added.

“While he was promoting his book on veterans last year, he honed a message about making government work again and finding ‘authentic, truthful leadership,'” she wrote.

The book she’s referencing is Shultz’s “For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice.”

Could Shultz be the left’s answer to Donald Trump?

That remains to be seen.

But all the talk of his potential entry and that of Vice President Joe Biden might suggest that, much like in 2008, Hillary’s coronation is not a forgone conclusion.

All that baggage just might be too much — even for Democrats.

Carmine Sabia


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