Howard Schultz's presidential dream crushed by Paul Krugman in devastating 'nobody wants him' tweetstorm
Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Howard Schultz, pictured with images from the company's new "Race Together" project behind him, speaks during the company's annual shareholder's meeting in Seattle, Washington March 18, 2015. REUTERS/David Ryder

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman likely put a huge dent in the presidential aspirations of former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Tuesday morning in a series of tweets that exposed the businessman as nothing more than a conservative posing as a centrist.


Along the way, he mocked the idea that the country is clamoring for Schultz to run, snarking, "Who says there are any Schultz voters? Aside from immediate family, and given secret ballots not sure about them."

In the series of tweets, the New York Times columnist called out Schultz for a presidential campaign that seems based on an oversized ego, saying he may not last long in the public eye.

"Howard Schultz may go away once he realizes that nobody wants him," Krugman tweeted. " Or maybe not: with great wealth comes great ego, plus people who will feed it. But let's treat this as a teachable moment about what centrism means in America today "

Using links to Schultz's comments about opposing Medicare for all and attacking Social Security, Krugman agreed that the executive is actually "running as an anti-Democrat."

He later tweeted the CEO is getting the red carpet treatment from the media who are pushing his nascent campaign based on sketchy economic theories in much the same way they lavished praise on former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

"For Schultz is basically the very model of a major modern centrist. Remember, the Simpson-Bowles report, which induced rapture in the Beltway establishment, called for CUTS in marginal tax rates" Krugman tweeted. "And concern about fiscal responsibility was always selective. Awards for Paul Ryan; effective silence when the Trump tax cut blew up the deficit; but constant stern lectures to Democrats about how they must pay for their promises"

The economist then got to his point."The point is that while Schultz is especially awful in his timing and egotism, his messed-up priorities are unfortunately all too typical in the green-room set, which doesn't seem to have learned anything from the debacles of recent years," he wrote.

You can see all of the tweets below: