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  •  Schweitzer is a libertarian populist (2+ / 0-)
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    Which is considerably to the left of "liberal" Obama and the Clintons, who are all DLC corporatists. His positions on healthcare and the military make that clear.

    Comparisons to Bill Richardson is way off the mark, IMO. He has zero charisma and was a lousy candidate in 2008. Besides, Richardson was auditioning for VP or a cabinet position in either Obama or Hillary's administration, and still came up short. Schweitzer will have no problem appealing to the base once the debates begin and people get to see him close up.

    As for a female/minority candidate, there is no viable candidate who fits that description, other than of course Hillary. So yes, she's the nominee, if she wants it. But if she's not running, it'll come down to the corporatist Andrew Cuomo, or the populist Schweitzer, with Mark Warner sniffing around the VP slot.

    •  I think Elizabeth Warren (0+ / 0-)

      is viable. And she'd be terrific, imho.

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 06:17:54 PM PST

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      •  Warren is a non-starter as a national candidate (1+ / 0-)
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        She's only two years younger than Hillary, but with far less experience and name recognition.

        Liz Warren's politics aside, which is sound, a Massachusetts liberal at the top of a democratic ticket has no chance in the swing states. For a while, it was still up in the air whether she'd be able to unseat an empty suit like Scott Brown.

    •  Ugh, Cuomo. (0+ / 0-)

      I think he's done after his antics during the NY Senate coup. He's neither liberal nor conservative enough to win over any segment of the party.

      I don't know if I'd describe Schweitzer as "considerably to the left" of Obama, given his positions on coal and gun control. Did he only hold on to those positions because he was running in Montana? It's unclear, but I don't think we can call him as a progressive candidate based on his record as governor.

      Regardless, 2016 is a long ways off. It's way too early for us to make any meaningful predictions about the primaries.

      •  On economics and defense, he's to the left of O (0+ / 0-)

        Not to mention civil liberties...

        ACLU: Montana Enacts 'Declaration of Independence' From Real ID

        Governor Signs Nation's First Statutory Rejection Of Act

        WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded the Montana legislature and Governor Brian Schweitzer for enacting the nation's first flat-out statutory rejection of the Real ID Act, which seeks to create a backdoor national identity card system by federalizing state driver's licenses. Montana's action was the latest and strongest step in an ongoing rebellion against the act in states across the nation.

        And yeah, big "ugh" to Cuomo. The only reason he has a shot is because of Wall Street money. If Hillary's in, he's out. Not just because she's the favourite, but because she'll snaffle all the Wall Street cash and support.
      •  Schweitzer's gun control position is similar (0+ / 0-)

        to Howard Dean's.  VT and MT, both rural states, have low gun homicide rates.

        However as Dean ran for Prez, he came out in support of the assault weapons ban -- http://www.ontheissues.org/...

        Schweitzer as MT Gov, opposed the reinstatement of the assualt weapons ban -- http://twg2a.wordpress.com/... -- and this was after Newton, CT massacre.  That position works for MT, but if he wants to run for Prez, he will have to adopt Howard Dean's old position on guns or something similar.  What works in MT doesn't work elsewhere.  

        If he runs for MT US Senate seat, he'll most likely keep his current position on gun control; else he'd get hammered by the Rethugs and pro-gun groups.  

        It will be interesting to see how he handles this issue.  He'll need to be converted to the gun safety meme if he wants to run for Prez.

        I still love this guy because he knows how to fight the Righties and like with fossil and renewable fuels, he can be open minded.

        I'm no fan of Corporatist Cuomo.  He may support gun safety, but he'd sell out the average working American if it suits him.  Schweitzer may opposed the assault weapons ban right now, but he fought for single payer and drug re importation.  He distrusts "Copper Kings" and Wall Street.  The banksters proved that they could ruin this nation without firing a gun.  Cuomo goes to bed with these crooks.

        ...wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows -- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

        by PaganVoter on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:42:43 AM PST

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