Schweitzer Strikes Back

by lizard

Once upon a time there were two men named John stuck in a realm of obscurity where surely they would have remained, toiling as faceless nobodies, if fate hadn’t intervened.

And for these Johns, fate came wearing a bolo tie.

You guessed it, by fate I mean Brian Schweitzer, our former Governor.

It seems we have the Brian to thank for the primary battle between the two Johns, Bohlinger and Walsh. You see, Brian plucked these two men from obscurity so, because Brian conjured their political worth out of thin air, he obviously feels obligated to insert himself into this surprise primary, a primary I wouldn’t be surprised he had a hand in creating.

Oh yeah, the title of the article I linked to reads: Schweitzer Not Helping Senate Democrats with Montana Primary. Here’s an excerpt:

In a phone interview with CQ Roll Call on Tuesday, Schweitzer said only that he had “conversations” with Bohlinger about “the good, the bad and the ugly” about the Senate and Washington, D.C. He thinks both Democrats would make “very good senators” and could defeat likely GOP nominee Rep. Steve Daines, but deciding the nominee is up to Montana voters.

In his trademark brashness, Schweitzer also claimed some credit for the fight.

“In fact, I guess I’m responsible since I plucked both of them from obscurity,” Schweitzer said. “To ask me to pick favorites is like asking a father to pick his favorite son.”

Sen. Jon Tester and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, have endorsed Walsh as their candidate for the seat of retiring Sen. Max Baucus. Meanwhile, Tester and Baucus are headlining a fundraiser for Walsh on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Brian Schweitzer will probably continue pulling crap like this to keep his brand relevant for the presidential run he’s clearly fantasizing about.

Now the Walsh campaign will have to spend precious loot on a primary fight while our former Governor, who considers himself a populist outsider, moonlights for CNN Crossfire.


  1. Pogo Possum

    Please, please, please dear Lord……… let Brian Schweitzer run for President in 2016.

    I am looking forward to all the fun we are going to have digging through his deep pile of dirty laundry that is finally being dragged out thanks to Baucus and John Lewis dishing out a little well deserved payback: dark money, charges of bribes and kickbacks from when he “negotiated” a series of land deals while Governor, IRS issues on some of his real estate dealings, a list of 911 calls to the governor’s mansion with accusations of spousal abuse and a videotape of him in a Tokyo Hotel Lobby.

  2. lizard19

    Bob Brigham has a post at DownWithTyranny! where he compares this primary battle with the one Tester faced before facing Burns, and then states:

    Nine years later, we have a chance to translate the bold populism of the Schweitzer administration to the federal level.
    And the success of the Schweitzer administration has made the state much friendlier territory for Democrats. And while the poll numbers may not be there yet for marriage equality, nobody thinks John Bohlinger and Brian Schweitzer’s support for marriage equality is going to hurt much in the general.

    And already, progressives should be delighted by the two major fault lines have accented how this rare senate primary is going to be a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party.

    yeah, delighted.

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