February 2, 2019

A CHECK ON THE WINGS:

Howard Schultz Derangement Syndrome (Bret Stephens, Feb. 1, 2019, NY Times)

Schultz's politics are to the left of mine, but I would vote for someone like him in a heartbeat if the other names on the ballot are Trump and, say, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Isn't candidate diversity supposed to be something liberals believe in?

I'm not alone. Tens of millions of Americans were defined as the "Exhausted Majority" by last year's pathbreaking "Hidden Tribes" report from the More In Common research group. It found that two-thirds of Americans are neither conservatives nor progressives. They are moderates, liberals and the disengaged, defined by their ideological flexibility, support for compromise, fatigue with the political debate -- and the sense that they're being ignored and forgotten.

"America's Exhausted Majority wants to see the opposing tribes move beyond constant conflict," the report notes. "Many who have disengaged from politics (especially in the Passive Liberal and Politically Disengaged groups) cite the tribal behavior of political combatants as a reason."

An independent candidacy like Schultz's exists to appeal to this silent majority. 

Posted by at February 2, 2019 10:43 AM

  

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