Thursday, June 19, 2014

Did Schweitzer just kill the whole "Schweitzer 2016" thing?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Montanans have grown accustomed to former Gov. Brian Schweitzer's folksiness over the past decade. Each new speech, television interview and press junket raises the same question: Will we laugh, or will we groan?

But the shtick has worn increasingly thin amid the buzz about Schweitzer's 2016 presidential prospects, and his habit of spouting off may have just ended what chance he had. Washington Post writer Aaron Blake certainly thinks so.

In an already widely shared column posted last night, Blake outlined Schweitzer's latest gaffes, and boy are they doozies. First, Schweitzer chose an extremely poor metaphor involving Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Then he stopped just short of calling House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., gay on the night of Cantor's Republican primary defeat.

"If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I'm fine with gay people, that's all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent," Schweitzer told the National Journal earlier this month. "But he's not, I think, so I don't know."

Cringe-inducing stuff. Both examples of Schweitzer's chronic foot-in-mouth problem occurred during interviews for a recent and extensive National Journal profile that posed the question: Just how much can you run your mouth when running for president? Guess we have our answer, though with Schweitzer, there's no telling what might happen next.

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