It makes sense

Howard Schultz, self-made billionaire and Starbucks longtime chairman and CEO stepped down as chief executive of the company. Speculation is that his intentions are to run for the democrat nomination for president in 2020.

It makes sense because he has demonstrated his global marketing skills [a basic belief of the democrat party as the future of this country] with Starbucks and has been fairly vocal in his support of the democrat party by donations and offerings in the editorial column of the New York Times.

Howard is acknowledged as a very smart man and he will probably spend the next two years building his election team and watching as his fellow democrats try to figure out what are the issues that will appeal to the many splinter groups that the party seems to represent or want to represent in today’s and tomorrow’s political world. It will be interesting to see who the party picks for DNC chair because it is clear that the special interest groups are determined to have their say and share of political and economic power.

The new power base for the democrat party appears to be the black, Hispanic, Muslim, LGBT and youth movement. I don’t believe the democrat party realized what they were doing when they tried to appeal to these individual groups as a collective power for the 2016 election. It will be a challenge for Howard to put together a marketing plan that does appeal to all of these groups.

It is hard to tell if Howard will need to undergo a personality transplant to shake his “big corporate” look. He does not have the advantage of being half black and half white that carried Obama so well along with a smooth speaking style.

Best guess is that Howard will lay low as the 2018 mid-term elections occur. Democrats have several national offices up for reelection and with the conservative’s showing such strength in 2016 the results in 2018 will help Howard develop his best marketing plan. Keep an eye on him for the 2020 presidential election.

Screaming and Kicking

It is clear that the media hates the Trump win of the presidential race and the conservative wins in governor’s races and state house contests. They are making it clear as they are dragged screaming and kicking into the Trump administration that they will do everything they can to picture the Trump movement as a failure.

A good example is the coverage of the Carrier Air-conditioning job savings effort by Trump and Pence. CBS reported a savings of 700 to 800 jobs with questionable actions taken or promised by the Trump administration. The actual number of jobs saved according to Carrier is 1143 but CBS clearly tried to minimize the effect of Trump and Pence in saving jobs. On “Meet the Press” Chuck Todd in an interview with Mike Pence repeatedly said; but there are 700 hundred jobs being lost. After the fourth time Chuck repeated his point that 700 hundred jobs were being lost Mike said; well you can look at the glass as half empty or you can look at it as half full. Mike went on to say that he and Donald looked at the Carrier as the right step in saving American jobs. On MSNBC the majority of references to the Carrier job savings effort was a “few hundred jobs” saved with questionable actions taken to save those jobs. On ABC the report was near “1000 jobs” with questionable promises made by Trump and Pence to get Carrier to keep those jobs in the U.S.

The point is that the media is going to do anything it can to denigrate Trump administration efforts to rebuild our economy. The danger is that if the media continues to slant the news against Trump it will over time have a negative effect on the administration’s efforts to build a positive government plan to bring us out of the doldrums. Of course it is also possible that the public learned during the 2016 presidential campaign that the press was prejudged in favor of Hillary and the democrats and they have discounted any consideration of the press being objective, isn’t that a shame?!