Likely Hillary challenger in 2016: I can’t think of a single positive thing Obama’s done

posted at 6:41 pm on January 15, 2014 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Man running for nomination of wrong party.” No, seriously — this is noteworthy not for the easy left-wing dig at O but because it proves this guy’s not planning a serious primary challenge to Hillary. The left is looking for someone to make things interesting but their true love, Elizabeth Warren, has showed no interest whereas Schweitzer has. And he’s probably good enough if the goal is simply to hassle Hillary a bit from the left, to make sure she panders appropriately on things like adding a public option to ObamaCare.

But an “in it to win it” candidacy a la Obama’s in 2008? Nope. Which means, between this and Bridgegate, Hillary’s having the best week she’s had in ages.

But at the moment, Schweitzer is rubbing his chin, looking up at the ceiling, searching – unsuccessfully – for just the right words. The question was simple enough: Is there a single thing President Obama has done that you consider a positive achievement?

Finally, he spoke.

“My mother, God rest her soul, told me ‘Brian, if you can’t think of something nice to say about something change the subject,’” he said.

But he couldn’t help himself, slamming Obama’s record on civil liberties (the NSA revelations were “un-effing-believable”), his competency (“They just haven’t been very good at running things”), and above all, Obamacare (“It will collapse on its own weight”)…

But what Schweitzer does have is a message that’s unique in the likely Democratic field. The former governor is gambling that Democrats won’t just want an alternative to Clinton in 2016–they’ll want a complete and total rejection of the Obama presidency.

Which is insane. Specifically, as Jamelle Bouie says, it’s insane because black Democrats continue to support O with stratospheric job approval numbers after turning out for him to an unprecedented degree in 2012. If they had turned out at the same rate that year as they did in 2004, Romney would have won the election — and Democratic leaders are, of course, keenly aware of it. Their great fear in 2016 is that black and Latino turnout rates will revert to pre-Obama levels, leaving the party in deep trouble against a strong GOP nominee. (That’s why Christie worked hard to pad his margins with Latinos in his gubernatorial run last year. Ninety percent of his own primary pitch will be aimed at convincing righties that he can pick off more votes from those more or less ungettable groups than anyone else can.) The point is, as natural as it is for ideologues to try to reorient a party their way after eight years of an incumbent president making compromises to stay viable in the center, liberal Democrats have a special challenge in running away from O. They need to reject disfavored parts of his legacy while taking care not to reject them too harshly lest minority voters in the Obama coalition take offense.

Schweitzer seems not to care about that, which means he’s either (a) a loudmouth whose self-satisfaction in “telling it like it is” leaves him blind to basic electoral realities or (b) a realist who knows that no netroots fundraising drive for him is going to present a serious challenge to the Clinton machine. Obama was a unique candidate in his historical significance and retail skills; Schweitzer is more of a colorful gadfly. The best he can do from this campaign, he may have concluded, is raise his national profile, move the primary discussion to the left, and maybe guarantee himself some sort of cabinet position or ambassadorship if Hillary wins. In which case, yeah, he can get away with some “Obama’s good for nothing” talk. For sheer amusement alone, righties should hope he jumps in and gives Clinton hell. My impression after watching a few interviews is that he’s a loose cannon, which will make an otherwise dull, perfunctory Democratic primary fun, and the more he succeeds in making Hillary pander to liberals the more ammo the GOP will have against her in the general election. Plus — get this — he’s pro-gun, at least enough so that he opposes a new assault-weapons ban. That alone is enough to render him DOA in a presidential primary, but watching him needle Hillary from the left on nearly every issue and then switch to defending the Second Amendment when she starts needling him about guns would be endless entertainment. Let’s make it happen, America.


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Well, I can think of one thing which is positive. Instead of overruling Panetta’s kill order on bin Laden, the gross incompetent went golfing.

Basilsbest on January 15, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Schweitzer, the man with no first name…

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Governor of which state?

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:48 PM

But an “in it to win it” candidacy a la Obama’s in 2008? Nope. Which means, between this and Bridgegate, Hillary’s having the best week she’s had in ages.

Your phony scandal has made Christie stronger.

Basilsbest on January 15, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Is AP working from Colorado today?

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:49 PM

I thought he said he wasn’t running. Something about not wanting to put his family through the meat grinder and that he had a good gig in the private sector.

Bitter Clinger on January 15, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Schweitzer, the man with no first name…

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

I think it’s Alfalfa…

Lanceman on January 15, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Wow, we are now bashing politicians for being intellectually honest. Give the guy credit for being more honest than 95% of the repubs.

David in ATL on January 15, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Meanwhile, Allah, I’m surprised you haven’t jumped on this new Marist/NBC poll showing Hillary DESTROYING Christie 50-37.

And check out the cross tabs here:

Christie is also down 90-3 (!) amongst Dems. So much for the “he’ll bring Dem voters over!” meme.

cdog0613 on January 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM

King Barack the Magnificent could crap on the US Constitution at 12 noon, in broad daylight, on the Capitol Mall and Blacks would still support him 95%!

How many Blacks have been PROSECUTED for FELONIES and still re-elected by Blacks? “Hey! He/She’s a CROOK, but their OUR crook!”

As with the Palestinians, “You can’t fix STUPID!”

GarandFan on January 15, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Governor of which state?

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:48 PM

The state of Delirium.

Bitter Clinger on January 15, 2014 at 6:58 PM

“Hey! He/She’s a CROOK, but their OUR crook!”

GarandFan on January 15, 2014 at 6:57 PM

No, it’s “Dey set him up cuu he blaack, dawg!

Or “Aw, he jus’ gittin’ heeiz! Whitey do it all da time!”

Lanceman on January 15, 2014 at 7:01 PM

I think it’s Alfalfa…

Lanceman on January 15, 2014 at 6:54 PM

AH..That would be the 53rd state.

The state of Delirium.

Bitter Clinger on January 15, 2014 at 6:58 PM

…and not to mention the 57th…

BigWyo on January 15, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Specifically, as Jamelle Bouie says, it’s insane because black Democrats continue to support O with stratospheric job approval numbers after turning out for him to an unprecedented degree in 2012

Pathetic how some people are so obsessed with their skin color. They apparently vote based on skin color and vote for whichever candidate expressed a similar skin color obsession. Do they even care about the issues? Do they even know where Obama stands on the issues? Do they care about his failure in office? Or do they just think, “his skin color is the same as mind, and the others must be racist, so I’ll vote for him.”

I believe many of these voters are incredibly racist. It’s shameful.

bluegill on January 15, 2014 at 7:06 PM

….it’s insane because black Democrats continue to support O with stratospheric job approval numbers after turning out for him to an unprecedented degree in 2012.

You don’t say…..

BigWyo on January 15, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Well I can’t think of a single positive thing Obama has done either…

Bipartisanship…It’s what’s for dinner

workingclass artist on January 15, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Meanwhile, Allah, I’m surprised you haven’t jumped on this new Marist/NBC poll showing Hillary DESTROYING Christie 50-37.

And check out the cross tabs here:

Christie is also down 90-3 (!) amongst Dems. So much for the “he’ll bring Dem voters over!” meme.

cdog0613 on January 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Progressive, pro-amnesty liberal Chris Christie would lose to Hillary in a landslide. Christie is Dem-lite.

We must nominate a conservative.

bluegill on January 15, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Finally, he spoke.

“My mother, God rest her soul, told me ‘Brian, if you can’t think of something nice to say about something change the subject,’” he said.

But he couldn’t help himself, slamming Obama’s record on civil liberties (the NSA revelations were “un-effing-believable”), his competency (“They just haven’t been very good at running things”), and above all, Obamacare (“It will collapse on its own weight”).
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canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 7:10 PM

I’ve got one thing: He’s sold more guns than any single person in history.

Socratease on January 15, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Who? What?

rrpjr on January 15, 2014 at 7:11 PM

The Democrat Political Daggers are Imminent Sumpin Sumpins!!!!

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Your phony scandal has made Christie stronger.
Basilsbest on January 15, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Did you really just accuse AP of being a member of the vast right wing conspiracy?

nobar on January 15, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Governor of which state?

Akzed on January 15, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Akzed: I think, its the 57 State, and I had to go to Obama’s Site
for a fact-check confirmation!:0
(sarc)

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Schweitzer seems not to care about that, which means he’s either (a) a loudmouth whose self-satisfaction in “telling it like it is”

This!

Take it from one who suffered.

The guy is a ………………….

MontanaMmmm on January 15, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Your phony scandal has made Christie stronger.
Basilsbest on January 15, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Did you really just accuse AP of being a member of the vast right wing conspiracy?
nobar on January 15, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Yep. Basilsbest is virulently anti-Cruz and a birther, and he has his heart set on pro-amnesty Christie for some reason.

bluegill on January 15, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Give me a second I will think of something positive Obama has done…

hmmm…

nope…

ummm…

Forget it, I give up, what’s the answer?

albill on January 15, 2014 at 7:24 PM

The fraud from the last two elections says it all with capital letters; The media and the machinery of the left made the elections a science. Lately the fraudulent investigations have uncovered vast amounts of bogus voting that was either ignored or thought to be very minor and unimportant. The opposite is of interest. The fawning of the media to the left does not help the situation and much of the media is controlled via the White House, denied to the hilt but the public realizes there is nothing that can be done about it. The deaf and mute Congress looks after itself.

mixplix on January 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM

MeanWhile, ………………………..

California, US
4h
Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., will not seek reelection – @politico
see original on twitter.com
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Casualty List: 113th Congress (2013-2014)
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http://www.rollcall.com/politics/casualtylist.html/

canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 7:26 PM

pssst…

Anyone else here that never heard of the guy?

justltl on January 15, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I’ve got one thing: He’s sold more guns than any single person in history.

Socratease on January 15, 2014 at 7:11 PM

…record numbers!

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Obama was a unique candidate in his historical significance and retail skills

Let’s be honest, Obama’s only unique advantage was his race. The. Only. One.

His retail politicking sucks. By all accounts he doesn’t like people, doesn’t do the gladhanding that a true retail guru like Bubba does. He had his skin color and the undying adoration of an impotent media (the latter a gift, just not HIS gift).

But retail politics? From the guy who couldn’t even handle Joe the Plumber without showing his true socialist colors? The guy who when the teleprompter stops he stops too? Who when things aren’t spelled phonetically for him calls them CORPSE men? I think not.

SoRight on January 15, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Where do we contribute to this guy?

Vince on January 15, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Let’s be honest, Obama’s only unique advantage was his race. The. Only. One. SoRight on January 15, 2014

You are so right!

Vince on January 15, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Oooh a HIT LIST:

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canopfor on January 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Schweitzer seems not to care about that, which means he’s either (a) a loudmouth whose self-satisfaction in “telling it like it is” leaves him blind to basic electoral realities or (b) a realist who knows that no netroots fundraising drive for him is going to present a serious challenge to the Clinton machine.

I could care less about Schweitzer but the suggestion here is that he’s a fool for saying what he really thinks because it won’t help him get votes.

So, we’re now in favor of pandering. Fascinating.

IndieDogg on January 15, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Vince Foster thought he was better than Killary too. Just sayin’

Happy Nomad on January 15, 2014 at 7:53 PM

IndieDogg on January 15, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Hint, this is not what he really thinks.

MontanaMmmm on January 15, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Meanwhile, Allah, I’m surprised you haven’t jumped on this new Marist/NBC poll showing Hillary DESTROYING Christie 50-37.

And check out the cross tabs here:

Christie is also down 90-3 (!) amongst Dems. So much for the “he’ll bring Dem voters over!” meme.

cdog0613 on January 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Anyone who thinks CRISTie would attract Dem voters in a national election has their head up their backside. And the real problem isn’t his lack of crossover appeal. It’s that he’d do poorly with the conservative base. That’s what did Romney in. I don’t know when the GOP is going to learn. You nominate someone who you know will turn out your base in large numbers. THEN you focus on how to appeal to moderates.

Doughboy on January 15, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Anyone who thinks CRISTie would attract Dem voters in a national election has their head up their backside. And the real problem isn’t his lack of crossover appeal. It’s that he’d do poorly with the conservative base. That’s what did Romney in. I don’t know when the GOP is going to learn. You nominate someone who you know will turn out your base in large numbers. THEN you focus on how to appeal to moderates.

Doughboy on January 15, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Christie is going to be the Dems VP nominee.

Happy Nomad on January 15, 2014 at 8:22 PM

This guy is supposed to be from Hillary’s left?

Why? Because he doesn’t sell out as much to favor seeking big companies?

He sounds much more balanced than HRC.

fadetogray on January 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Highest unemployment for blacks in history and they still support the man. Yes Virginia, there is tribalism.

jukin3 on January 15, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Maybe Biff Huntsman will throw his hat into the Dem ring.

I thought that Cuomo was up for grabs.

onlineanalyst on January 15, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Maybe President Jarrett can run against Hillary. After all, Val has had on-the-job training for the position.

onlineanalyst on January 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

fadetogray on January 15, 2014 at 8:25 PM

The far left of MT were crapping their pant’s when he declined to run for Senate.
He’s a Netroot’s nation “star”…
I could go on and on, but most of all he’s just a jackazz poser.
Lot’s more info that I will provide if he actually get’s past go.

http://weaselzippers.us/former-dem-gov-brian-schweitzer-im-not-going-to-apologize-a-damn-bit-for-obamacare/

MontanaMmmm on January 15, 2014 at 9:27 PM

.it’s insane because black Democrats continue to support O with stratospheric job approval numbers after turning out for him to an unprecedented degree in 2012

Last November there was an election for trustee at a community college in Houston.The guy that won his district is white.The area is mostly black.He put out mailers and flyers with pics of black folks but none of him.Now the people want him out.They voted him in thinking he was a black.They voted for skin color and nothing else.

docflash on January 15, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Hey, Allah, we still don’t know WHO THE &^%# THIS GUY IS OR WHERE HE’S FROM.

Longhorn Six on January 16, 2014 at 3:33 PM