Behind the usual partisan contempt for deficit-minded centrism lies an accurate critique that the billionaire outsider has naive, do-something ideas.
Confidants of the late senator have either buckled, joined #NeverTrump plotters, or bolted.
Voters "still want someone who is not a politician," the billionaire tells the Daily News. "And you're not getting that from anyone in the Democratic Party."
Billionaire seeks ballot access, political party seeks cash, both hate the national debt...but Schultz is far more interventionist at home and abroad than, say, Bill Weld.
Town hall pilloried because Schultz is undeclared, uninformed, unelectable...and because he might become the next-or help the current-Donald Trump.
Although that assumes that socially liberal and fiscally conservative voters even exist, which they don't, right?
Who's ready for a class war from the party of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, and the Kennedy/Roosevelt clans?
The Starbucks magnate is rich and early enough to buy his way onto ballots, but it's hard for a relative unknown to beat the third-party boomerang effect in a time of centrism-hating polarization.
The former Starbucks CEO is getting dragged by liberals and progressives because he is talking about debt and spending in ways they don't like.