You can imagine why Democrats might be jealous. The big story on their side of the aisle in this presidential election is a candidate widely viewed to be both a prohibitive frontrunner and sort of boring—even by her backers, and even if her candidacy is historic because she is a woman. Meanwhile, the Republicans have Donald Trump!
Really, though, there’s no reason that Democrats can't have their own Trump. What it would take? Well, first, you’d need someone with money—a lot of money. Say, about $3 billion dollars. He or she would need to have spoken out on political issues in the past, but never have actually run for office or been seriously involved in politics. This person would also have donated money to candidates of both parties. Ideally, that political involvement might involve some controversial comments about race, and accusations of political naïveté. The candidate would have to be from one of New York’s outer boroughs, obviously. An inept stint as owner of a professional sports team would be good, too.
Luckily, just such a man exists.
He is Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks. Net worth? $3 billion, per Forbes. Political dabbling? Check. Donations to both parties? He hasn’t done much for Republicans, but he did give to John McCain in 2000, so it counts. Unwise comments about race? Schultz’s “Race Together” campaign wasn’t inflammatory, like so many of Trump’s comments, but it was widely panned. Place of birth? Brooklyn. Failed sports venture? Sure—Schultz used to own an NBA team in Seattle. (Pour one out for the SuperSonics, and make it a venti.)