If you want to know how to lose a campaign before it’s even started, look only to Brian Schweitzer, the former governor of Montana. Not only is he a commentator for MSNBC, he is considering a run as the Democratic candidate in 2016 for President. He certainly has a way with words. In a recent interview with National Journal, Schweitzer discussed everything from foreign policy to the NSA, in which he managed to knock-out huge voting blocs with his candid remarks. At first, I laughed at the audacity of his comments and the imagined response from those liberal progressive types (as in, heads exploding). But, I have to hand it to Mr. Schweitzer, there is not a politically correct bone in his body.
With that said, I have provided some “sound-bites” from the interview for your reading pleasure, which I imagine will most likely come back to bite him in the rear end if he should decide to pursue a path to the presidency.
On Foreign Policy, he is not conflicted about what happens when the United States leaves Afghanistan. “If it all goes to hell in a hand basket, that’s fine,” he told Slate earlier this year. “That happened after Alexander the Great left; that happened after the Russians left. Who cares? They live in the Stone Age.”
On his decision not to run for Congress: “Congress is a miserable place,” he says. “If a bus ran over a senator or a congressman tomorrow, we wouldn’t even miss them. Because all they have is a vote”—just one vote out of 100 or 435. They don’t get to run anything. They sit around and wait until the train starts leaving the station, and if it looks like the wheels are moving a little bit fast, they start moving quickly to get on the train and issue a press release.”
On running for President, “I think I could change the world, and I think I could change it in a way that other people out there aren’t willing to do,” he says. “There are some tough things that need to be done.”
On NSA spying and meta data collection, “YOU’RE GONNA FIND out that—not on very many issues—but on these issues, I sound more like Rand Paul than I do Harry Reid.”
Schweitzer is incredulous that Feinstein—considered by her critics to be too close to the intelligence community—was now criticizing the agency. “She [Sen. Diane Feinstein] was the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees, and now she says, ‘I’m a nun,’ when it comes to this spying!” he says. Then, he adds, quickly, “I mean, maybe that’s the wrong metaphor—but she was all in!”
“If you believe that a politician wouldn’t use information gained on citizens to their political benefit, then you are extremely naive. Because they always have, and they will now”, he adds.
On Eric Cantor’s defeat: “Don’t hold this against me, but I’m going to blurt it out. How do I say this … men in the South, they are a little effeminate…They just have effeminate mannerisms. 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. But he’s not, I think, so I don’t know. Again, I couldn’t care less. I’m accepting.”
On 2nd Amendment Rights: “He’s always going to be a Second Amendment supporter. But, Schweitzer says he’s come around on bills closing loopholes for background checks as a result of the debate over gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings…”
So, in one lone interview, Brian Schweitzer has managed to offend women, nuns, prostitutes, politicians, Southern men, the LGBT, gun-snatchers and gun-right advocates. Am I leaving anyone out?
Here’s hoping he runs…at least, for entertainment value.