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Thu Jan 16, 2014, 10:58 AM

Charles Pierce on Brian Schweitzer: Montana's Wild Hack

Pierce liked Schweitzer as a governor (you can search the site for that), but has this to say about the recent talk of him and the presidency:

Schweitzer wants a single-payer health-care system. Hell, so do I. I also would like to be High King Of Ireland. Neither is going to happen in my lifetime. However, Schweitzer also wants the Keystone XL pipeline, and that very probably is going to happen some time in the next year. So, we have support for something the Democratic base loves but that has no practical chance of happening, and also support for something the base hates that might happen just as the campaign is gearing up. Schweitzer is good on the NSA, but is not now in position to do anything about it. But he's also bad on guns, and that's the current status quo that the base hates. All of the issues with which Schweitzer appeals to the Democratic base involve policy proposals that are at best the rosy dreams of progressive bell-ringers. All the issues with which Schweitzer will anger the base are either already in place, or very likely to be that way soon. I would not like to craft a stump speech in which my candidate has to promise to one day, on the great gettin' up morning, bring us a single-payer health-care system and, at the same time, defend a death-funnel already under construction in opposition to which ranchers and Nebraska grannies are being hauled off to the pokey. Schweitzer is a likable, fascinating guy. But, for the moment at least, he's the guy who rails against the NSA, about which he can do nothing, but not against the NRA, against which he could. That's not a good mix.

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/brian-schweitzer-2016-run-011514

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Reply Charles Pierce on Brian Schweitzer: Montana's Wild Hack (Original post)
muriel_volestrangler Jan 2014 OP
frazzled Jan 2014 #1
SidDithers Jan 2014 #2
msanthrope Jan 2014 #4
zappaman Jan 2014 #7
The Magistrate Jan 2014 #3
Tierra_y_Libertad Jan 2014 #5
ProSense Jan 2014 #6
grantcart Jan 2014 #8

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 11:05 AM

1. He wouldn't appeal to either liberals or conservatives

The idea that he could be a successful candidate is rather preposterous. Each side would find some position he holds to be a non-starter. For me, it's guns. Total disqualifying position. For a conservative, it would be, say, the pinko commie predilection for a single-payer health system (unlikely as that would be to occur).

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 11:08 AM

2. DU rec...

the sudden love directed toward Schweitzer over the last couple of days reminds me of all the Darcy Richardson posts from that Hart2008 guy.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 12:04 PM

4. I miss that goofy troll. nt

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 04:35 PM

7. You better believe it! n/t

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 11:51 AM

3. Cold Truth, Sir....

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 02:46 PM

5. How do the other potential candidates fare on the same issues?

I'm not a Schweitzer fan on some issues but I haven't heard what the other potential candidates have to say about them either.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 04:33 PM

6. Perfect!



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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Jan 16, 2014, 04:58 PM

8. He coulda been a contender

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