Former Montana Gov.
Call me a contrarian, but I’m more appalled by the daily blather that comes from the mouths of more conventional politicians. It is almost pointless to listen to what most senators or members of
That's never been a problem with Schweitzer. He has no script. He just says whatever pops into his busy brain. Unlike many of the knuckleheads who have been getting themselves elected to office in recent years, Schweitzer is a smart man -- a successful, popular two-term governor with a graduate degree in soil science, deep roots in his state's ranching culture and extensive experience working on agricultural development in the Middle East. Most of the time when he speaks he offers up a dose of good old Western common sense, but when his flamboyant exuberance gets the best of him, he can get goofy.
Such was the case with a couple of the quotes he recently gave Marin Cogan, a reporter for the National Journal. In a personality profile titled "The Gonzo Option," Cogan described Schweitzer as "a one-man challenge to the scripted nature of politics" and wondered "just how much can you run your mouth while running for president?"
Apparently, the Big Sky blabbermouth has found out how much is too much.
Asked by Cogan what he thought about House Majority Leader
Once Schweitzer's odd comment got circulated, Republicans leaped to defend Cantor's manliness and Democrats got huffy about the Montanan's insensitivity to gays (although, arguably, he was actually being insensitive to Southern males). Democrats were equally miffed by what Schweitzer said about Feinstein.
Given how Feinstein has been a cheerleader for the intelligence agencies for years, Schweitzer scoffed at her criticism of alleged
The governor quickly added that, perhaps, that was "the wrong metaphor," just as he prefaced his Cantor comment by saying, "Don't hold this against me, but I'm going to blurt it out." So, clearly, he knows he should sometimes curb his tongue if he wants to conform to the conventional expectation of how a would-be presidential candidate should talk, but he just can't do it.