U.S. News and World Report posted a long piece today detailing "lots of buzz" about Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer running for president in 2016.
It's posted in the "Washington Whispers" blog by Paul Bedard (he shares a byline on this one with Suzi Parker) and is titled, "Buzz building for Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer in 2016."
Bedard and Parker focus on a number of recent headlines: Schweitzer's criticism of the war in Afghanistan, his pointed attacks of the Tea Party, his well-received keynote address at the Arkansas Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, and his expected invitation to speak at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. (There's no mention, however, of his high-profile handling of the Yellowstone River oil spill, or his ongoing support of the Keystone XL.) The post also compares Schweitzer to Bill Clinton, twice.
For his part, Schweitzer continued to downplay the hype.
"I'm a little-known governor of small rural state and I don't [know] about any of that business," he told the blog.
This isn't the first time Schweitzer's been suspected of running in 2016, and it won't be the last.
But, just remember, if not president, Schweitzer could always run against Max Baucus in 2014 for U.S. Senate. That was last month's rumor for what the governor could do once he terms out of office next year.