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Governor Howard Dean (D. VT) and Democracy For America are also on board with drafting former Governor Brian Schweitzer (D. MT) to run for retiring Senator Max Baucus' (D. MT) Senate seat:
Sen. Max Baucus's decision to retire is a huge opportunity for progressives.

Now, we have the chance to elect a powerful populist and a single-payer healthcare advocate to the U.S. Senate.

That's why Democracy for America is launching the campaign to draft Gov. Brian Schweitzer for U.S. Senate.

Sign our petition to Draft Brian Schweitzer for Senate:

http://democracyforamerica.com/...

Brian is the popular former Governor of Montana and he'll be a tremendous force in the Senate. As governor, he stood up to lobbyists and big corporations and has a record of leadership that is desperately needed in Washington.

He fought for a single-payer healthcare system for Montana and championed a drug reimportation program that would have saved seniors big money. Thanks to his leadership on these issues and more, it's no wonder that a snap survey showed 93 percent of Montana DFA members want us to draft him for Senate.

This is an open seat race in a red state, but I'll guarantee you: If Brian Schweitzer runs, he will be the next Democratic Senator from Montana.

Help elect a powerful populist to the Senate -- sign our petition to Draft Brian Schweitzer:

http://democracyforamerica.com/...

Thank you for everything you do.

- Howard

Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.
Founder, Democracy for America

You can sign Dean's petition here:

http://democracyforamerica.com/...

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Montana Kossaks and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:00:22 AM PDT

  •  "a huge opportunity for progressives"? (5+ / 0-)

    He'll be 10000000x better than Max but he will piss off progressives a lot and almost exactly like Tester does.

    On some issues he is regressive and not progressive.

    Let's go into this with our eyes open. Let's get him to run and elected but let's not assume that his views equal the views of all/most progressives.

    •  Let's not kid ourselves (4+ / 0-)
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      citizenx, ban nock, nextstep, HeyMikey

      And think we can get a Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren elected there.

      Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

      by MrAnon on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:11:20 PM PDT

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    •  See the videos of Schweitzer in my comment below (2+ / 0-)
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      citizenx, HeyMikey

      The videos are from a diner speech he gave in front of a friendly audience, he knew he was being recorded.

      People here will like part of what he says and not like other stuff.  On net positive, keeping in mind what voters in Montana find appealing.

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:50:46 PM PDT

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    •  That is true. (1+ / 0-)
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      citizenx

      However, pick an issue, any issue: he's at least as good as Max Baucus, and on most issues he's an upgrade - a big upgrade.

      "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

      by Australian2 on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 01:57:52 PM PDT

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    •  LOL .. I knew Senator Baucus back ... (2+ / 0-)
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      citizenx, Rosalie907

      when he was a Democrat. Dunno if he changed or DC changed him.
      Montana is no longer the party of Mike Mansfield or Pat Williams but Gov. Schweitzer can hold the seat and perhaps offer a breathe of fresh air. I think he has the capacity to evolve and I hope he does.

      “I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.” ― Dorothy Parker

      by Bozmo2 on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 02:01:40 PM PDT

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    •  I agree with your assessment. Will be posting (0+ / 0-)

      more on this matter later, but too pushed to do so now.

      Personally, I don't vote on wedge issues, so I'm not concerned about his (of any other politicians) views on those matters.

      Wikipedia outlines a few of his stances.  Here's the link.

      I'm concerned about his 'fiscal conservatism,' and what part that might play when he casts votes for or against cuts to our social insurance programs.

      I've followed him over the years on C-Span (at various Governors' functions) and hope to find one of the videos of him that 'gave me a bit of pause,' and post it later.

      Actually, I like his demeanor, in general.  Heck, as a major 'dog lover', I would find it hard not to like someone who 'runs around with his dog,' LOL!

      But, thankfully, I don't vote on 'cult of personality.'  Seriously, I think that before he is nominated and/or elected, progressives owe it to themselves to carefully 'vet' him.

      Seems like so many times progressives are distressed [after the fact] when politicians sell them out.  Yet so often the evidence that the 'pol' was not very progressive at all, was 'hidden 'n plain sight.'

      I'm also less than thrilled that the off-the-charts right-wing, so-called Democrat (from Fox News Channel, no less) by the name of Douglas Schoen LOVES the guy!

      Here's what Schoen, at FoxNews.com, has to say about Mr. Schweitzer.

      snip

      Democrats Should Take a Lesson From Montana

      By Douglas E. Schoen
      October 17, 2011

      . . . Governor Schweitzer said that

      he believes the key to sound and effective government is good fiscal management.  This means being fiscally conservative when it comes to the state’s budgetary spending, . . .
      And then Schoen says:  
      The combination of fiscal conservatism and social progressivism makes the strongest case for Democrats nationally, and offers the best and strongest path for Democrats to run successfully against Republicans.
      snip

      Obviously, some of folks here might agree with Schoen's assessment.  But for those who are very concerned about the real possibility of proposed 'austerity' measures actually passing, you may want to consider this mindset.

      It appears that our willingness to settle for this kind of Democratic Party candidate, may be one of the reasons that many of us are now trying mightily 'to fight back attempts to cut our social insurance programs.'

      I say--'let's look at these candidates very clear-eyed, in the first place.'

      In the end, for all of us, it is a matter of 'priorities.'

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      hiddennplainsight

      by musiccitymollie on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 02:38:48 PM PDT

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  •  On guns: Toomey-Manchin and Bloomenthal's (0+ / 0-)

    ammo/clip limit bill, trafficking and school safety. Each of those is acceptable to hunters.

    Yes, he signed some pro gun laws as Gov., but it's a different day and age.

  •  I meet the Gov last year at a dinner (3+ / 0-)
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    Very good presence and good for an otherwise red state. Below is the video of his talk.

    See for yourself and make your own judgement

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:28:37 PM PDT

  •  Outstanding. This guy kicks GOP ass. NT (1+ / 0-)
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    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 01:10:32 PM PDT

    •  I still remember the time that then-Gov. (3+ / 0-)
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      Brian Schweitzer held a "VETO Branding Party" to poke some fun at the MT GOP.

      The day I first saw this, I became a convinced admirer of Brian Schweitzer. Do I think he should be the Presidential nominee in 2016, as some do? No - on a national level, someone more progressive can be nominated and win. But Schweitzer is about as good as it's possible to get in Montana - and that's good enough.

      My gripe with a lot of Democrats is that they are far more conservative on key issues than their constituencies. This isn't going to be a complaint I think I'd ever have about Sen. Brian Schweitzer.

      "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

      by Australian2 on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 02:01:21 PM PDT

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      •  Nationally, I want a WINNER. (0+ / 0-)

        The most conservative Dem is more progressive than the most liberal GOPer.

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 02:43:00 PM PDT

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        •  I want someone who won't wreck the brand. (1+ / 0-)
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          Frankly, it's better - from my perspective - to lose and make the other side carry the can for stupid policies they've wanted for umpteen years, than it is to nominate a "winner" who will put your party's name on those same policies. At least if the other party's pushing it, you can count on opposition from your own, and for the lines to be clearly drawn.

          And yes, I'm referring to President Obama's latest round of attempts to cut Social Security.

          "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

          by Australian2 on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:51:25 PM PDT

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          •  Gore vs. Bush 43. Healthcare; stimulus. (1+ / 0-)
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            This is the same logic that brought us (with a boost from the Supreme Court) Bush 43 over Gore, via Nader.

            Was Bush 43 the same as Gore? Really?

            Obamacare, with all its faults, beats hell out of any healthcare "reform" we might've had under President McCain.

            Similar to the Obama stimulus: woefully inadequate. Yet still clearly superior to anything that might've happened under McCain.

            Etc.

            "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

            by HeyMikey on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 06:02:12 AM PDT

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            •  I never claimed that Bush = Gore. (1+ / 0-)
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              And frankly, that argument is somewhat disingenuous, as I'm not saying to go vote Nader in the general election.

              I'm saying that the primary process needs to take two, and only two, factors into account if the Democratic Party is going to remain functionally different from the GOP:

              (1) Steadfastness regarding "core" Democratic values - like the safety net, like Social Security, like Medicare.

              (2) Electability - the ability to get in and actually be elected.

              Which is why I support the idea of Brian Schweitzer running for the open Senate seat in Montana - he's the most progressive potential candidate who can run in and win the election. Will he sometimes disappoint me? Of course - especially as regards fossil-fuel subsidies and the like. But he's miles ahead of Baucus, and he'll be many more miles ahead of any Republican.

              Would I support him for the Democratic nod in (for instance) the Rhode Island Senate election? No - there are better alternatives in RI who can get elected. Would I support Jack Reed in a primary for the Montana Senate election? No - he couldn't win the general election, and the seat would go to a Republican.

              "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

              by Australian2 on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 10:09:40 AM PDT

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              •  I agree with that. And... (1+ / 0-)
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                Nationally, I think electability depends more on personality than on ideology. Don't worry about picking a Dem Pres candidate based on fine gradations of issue positions--pick one with who can connect emotionally to the average swing voter.

                And that's why I like Schweitzer and Warren for Pres. Both of them can communicate clearly, forcefully, in a way that resonates with ordinary people.

                No more Dukakises, Gores, etc. I'd happily vote for them in November, but we'd lose.

                "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

                by HeyMikey on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 10:40:49 AM PDT

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                •  A certain level of being able to connect (1+ / 0-)
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                  to the "man in the street" - which is what you're looking for - can be taught. While it's true that some people (like Warren, like Bill Clinton, like Schweitzer) are better at this than others, as long as they're willing to learn, they can make up at least part of the shortfall.

                  "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

                  by Australian2 on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 12:26:15 PM PDT

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                  •  Yes, but... (0+ / 0-)

                    ...don't ask me to vote for you for President while you're still learning.

                    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

                    by HeyMikey on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 02:38:37 PM PDT

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          •  Acutally, I agree with your statement that (0+ / 0-)
            Frankly, it's better - from my perspective - to lose and make the other side carry the can for stupid policies they've wanted for umpteen years, than it is to nominate a "winner" who will put your party's name on those same policies. At least if the other party's pushing it, you can count on opposition from your own, and for the lines to be clearly drawn.
            I don't have the time to find search for the C-Span video interview with Schweitzer this week, but I'll attempt to find it, and post it at a later date.

            And I'm too rushed today, but I've got a 'screenshot' of Brian Schweitzer's DLC 'Dem of the Week' photo and article, that I'll be posting later.  [It's not surprising, he was a Clinton appointee, to an Ag position of some kind, as I recall.]

            Again, Schweitzer's persona is appealing to me also.  Hey, for starters, I love his dog!

            But IMHO, as evidenced by this Administration, casting a vote based upon looks or charisma can yield very negative unintended consequences.

            And, BTW, my opinions expressed are based strictly on policy.  It would be accurate to say that 'I don't do cult of personality' when it comes to voting for a public official.  Maybe I did when I was younger (I honestly don't remember, LOL!), but the rightward swing of the Dem Party has taught me that lesson.

            On the topic of Elizabeth Warren, that you and HM discuss.

            I REALLY like her.  She has an appealing life's story, for one thing.  She's obviously super smart.  I LOVED the grilling she gave Geithner, etc.  And she DOES seem very genuine.

            But it does worry me that there would be consideration of her for 'higher office,' when she has not proved (heck, she hasn't had a chance yet--understand, this is not a swipe at her) her progressive bona fides yet.

            IOW, I wouldn't dream of endorsing any candidate until I saw HOW THEY VOTE on the social safety net proposed cuts.  

            Now, there are issues that I would reluctantly concede, in that I know that no one lawmaker could possibly suit me entirely.

            But, IMO, any lawmaker who does not hold our social safety net 'sacrosanct,' can simply 'take a hike.' We don't need them in the Democratic Party.

            Because as you so aptly put it, Australian2, "I want someone who won't wreck the brand." ;-)

            Mollie

            "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


            hiddennplainsight

            by musiccitymollie on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 01:32:10 PM PDT

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