A recent poll found that Montana residents are the increasingly rare types who feel their state's economy is headed in the right direction. Those results shocked Douglas E. Schoen, a Fox News contributor and political strategist whose firm conducted the poll, and prompted him to dig deeper into what made Montanans so optimistic.
Gov. Brian Schweitzer was more than happy to offer up an explanation. In a column posted yesterday at FoxNews.com, Schoen lets the governor explain how good fiscal management allowed Montana to withstand a crummy national economy. That prompted Schoen to conclude:
As we approach an election year, Montana should serve as a case study for the Democratic Party nationally, as Democrats would be wise to follow Governor Schweitzer’s brand as a common-sense, fiscally pragmatic, centrist.
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.