In the Times piece, titled "Cutting Costs the Montana Way," Schweitzer takes his trusty ranch metaphor and goes wild.
I like to say we run government like a ranch. In ranching — my old job — you either pinch pennies or go belly-up. We do the same in government. Perhaps Washington can try it.
But we don’t just cut costs. Like good ranchers, we also leave some grain in the bin in case of drought. When times were good, we stashed away cash in a special savings account.
And even as we’ve cut costs and socked away money, we’ve followed another ranching principle: treat your ranch hands with respect. Like other states, we’ve had to freeze employee pay and reduce the work force.
The national exposure will surely do nothing to calm rumors of Schweitzer's interest in either the Senate or the White House once he terms out next year. Worth noting: The Senate rumors have Schweitzer running against Baucus.