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I just saw Governor Brian Schweitzer on Up with Chris Hayes, and I'm throwing my NY Upper West Side elitist liberal hat into Schweitzer's Big Sky Ring.

I knew I liked him, from Kos's early reports back in Kos's first or second book, and following him over the years.  But this morning, I was sold.  He is extremely smart, keeping pace with brilliant people like Hayes and Greenwald on the Montana Campaign Finance law just struck down by the Supremes.  He is also very down to earth and folksy, without being phony.  He's been described as a moderate, populist liberal.  

When was the last time a Democratic candidate was described as a "populist?"  Someone like Schweitzer can take it back from the bizarro world tea party "populists."

Sure, I don't agree with him on every issue, but (and I'm willing to stand corrected on this), he seems as liberal as Hillary or even Obama.

And he came off very well today, even without wearing a bolo tie

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

    by Upper West on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 08:39:00 AM PDT

  •  meh (4+ / 0-)

    Until he ends his mad, crazy love affair with coal, I have no real interest in the guy.

    Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

    by LaughingPlanet on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 08:51:51 AM PDT

  •  My governor! (4+ / 0-)

    Schweitzer's VETO branding iron came in real handy after the TEA party captured the Montana state legislature, ignored job creation, and started passing legislation to permit silencers and big game spear hunting and a slew of anti-Obama nullification efforts.
    The message was not lost on Montana voters.
    (He also drives the gun hermits nuts, which I enjoy seeing.)
    Schweitzer can be a bit goofy at times, but he does represent the middle in the fractured political system we have today.
    If he goes national, I'll support him. And miss him.
     

  •  Would be my choice (5+ / 0-)

    A real economic populist.  Miles better than Cuomo or Warner.  As well as Clinton.

    “The country tried everything Romney says, and it brought the economy to the brink of collapse”

    by Paleo on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 09:09:26 AM PDT

  •  Gov. Schweitzer pushes for Single Payer in Montana (2+ / 0-)

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, not willing to wait for the Affordable Care Act to kick in in two or three years, is challenging the federal government to start having a dialogue about real health care reform now by allowing Montana to set up a system modeled on "SaskCare," the Saskatchewan health system, the first universal health care system among the Canadian provinces.

    In an interview with Daily Kos Friday, Schweitzer talked about his rationale for the plan. It builds on a request he made last year for a Medicaid waiver for his state to set up a "Medicaid Part D" program, as he called it, a prescription benefit plan for all Montanans. That proposal, intended to hit at the heart of a long-time Schweitzer foe—the pharmaceutical industry—would have allowed the state to offer a prescription drug program to all Montana citizens that would provide the drugs at Medicaid prices.

    The governor's argument for single payer:
    "Montana has a population of 990,000 people," he explains. "Saskatchewan has a population of 1,050,000. Their average age is about the same average age of Montana. They're about 10 percent Indian, we're about 7 and a half percent Indian. The other ethnic groups—they're a mirror image of us ... So we have the same ethnic population, we're farmers, we're loggers, we're miners, we're oil developers ... They, in Saskatchewan, live two years longer and have lower infant mortality."

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  No, thanks... (0+ / 0-)

    He was my candidate for 2016...and then came his braindead stance on killing wolves.

  •  Welcome to the club! (0+ / 0-)

    I think it will be his fight against Citizens United that will initially distinguish him from the rest of the candidates. Many here at DK will not like his positions on coal and guns, but those positions will likely help him in a general campaign, or at least not hurt him as much as they will in a Democratic primary.

    There is a long time until 2016, but he would be hard for Republicans to caricature (as they always do) as the "typical liberal".

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 01:46:36 PM PDT

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