Better Stick With Selling Coffee

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Delivers Major Policy Address At Purdue

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Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Was it just a few months ago that Starbucks kingpin Howard Schultz began pretending he was running for president as an independent?

It feels like it was longer than that, and now it seems we’ll have ample opportunity to forget it ever happened.

Schultz informed his political team yesterday that he’s laying most of them off and suspending his campaigning for the summer, subject to re-activation if it looks like Joe Biden won’t be the Democratic nominee.

Profiles in determination and courage, this guy is not.

But his ill-conceived flirtation with running should underscore a lesson that seems to have been forgotten in recent years – campaigning for and serving in the presidency isn’t and shouldn’t be a game for amateurs.

Creating and managing a successful business is no small feat, but it doesn’t necessarily prepare you at all for the complex politics of the presidency.

President Trump mistakenly believed he could bully the press, foreign leaders and the co-equal branches of government the way he did the New York City tabloids, local bankers and politicians.

How’s that working out so far?

Leading the most powerful nation on earth, with all the constraints the Constitution imposes on your power, requires a very specialized skill set that businessmen and women, academics and even inexperienced members of Congress don’t necessarily have.

We don’t want a dishwasher doing our open heart surgery.

Maybe the Schultz fiasco demonstrates why we don’t want a coffee salesman as commander in chief either.

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