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