Sad blogger news: Schweitzer 2016 probably not gonna happen

posted at 2:01 pm on June 19, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

It was fun while it lasted … if you didn’t blink. With Hillary Clinton stumbling in her long-prepared book launch and tour, speculation on who might challenger her for the 2016 nomination had shifted to the gubernatorial ranks of the Democratic Party. Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has made no secret of his desire to play on the national stage, and got a sweet perch for it at the 2o12 Democratic National Convention. Given his interior-West libertarian leanings and otherwise liberal-policy instincts, Schweitzer might have provided a colorful and dynamic challenge to the establishment of both parties, plus some real executive experience. His presence would have at least been a boon for political bloggers until he either wised up or flamed out.

Schweitzer appeared on Morning Joe last week and discussed his greater authenticity in relation to Hillary Clinton:

Unfortunately, the latter happened long before the former, and at least a few months before any serious thought of campaigning. In a lengthy National Journal profile titled “The Gonzo Option,” Marin Cogan revealed that Schweitzer thought Eric Cantor was gay, and that Schweitzer’s pretty impressed with the accuracy of his “gaydar”:

(It wasn’t the only time Schweitzer was unable to hold his tongue. Last week, I called him on the night Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in his GOP primary. “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,” he offered when I mentioned the stunning news. When I asked him what he meant, he added, “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.”)

For the record, Cantor and his wife Diane have been married for 25 years, and have three children.  Cogan added this as a parenthetical almost at the end of the article, but the NJ editors knew to highlight the quote in one of its graphic bars in the piece. The gonzo thus released, Schweitzer began to reap the whirlwind, mostly from the base he’d have to win over in a primary fight:

He also called Dianne Feinstein a whore, as the Huffington Post noted, although in his defense he meant politically:

Schweitzer compared Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to a sex worker for the intelligence community, Cogan wrote.

“She 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 I mean, maybe that’s the wrong metaphor — but she was all in!” Schweitzer said of Feinstein.

The New York Daily News suggested that his standing as a potential opponent to Hillary Clinton may have been affected by “his recent candor” regarding Cantor and his gaydar. Aaron Blake puts it more bluntly at the Washington Post:

Why Schweitzer felt the need to make these comments is anybody’s guess. What’s pretty clear is that he’s got basically no filter. So what seems folksy and spontaneous one day could just as easily turn into campaign-ending gaffe the next day.

Add to that Schweitzer’s odd decision to attend Mitt Romney’s confab over the weekend and his comments critical of President Obama, and the list of questionable actions grows.

Anybody with illusions that Schweitzer could be a major player in the 2016 presidential race should probably re-evaluate themselves.

Especially Schweitzer, it seems. Political pundits will also have to re-evaluate the potential for fun in the 2016 Democratic primary, or hope that Schweitzer’s lack of self-awareness extends to his political ambitions.

 


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The Demorats are going to have to pick a second stringer now.

Akzed on June 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Macaca

BobMbx on June 19, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Biden-Schweitzer 2016!

Sounds like a German made gaffe machine.

HumpBot Salvation on June 19, 2014 at 2:07 PM

The Demorats are going to have to pick a second stringer now.

Akzed on June 19, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Who is it that has done journeyman work carrying Obamas’ and the DNCs’ water? Who can lie and make Barry and Hillary look like kindergartners caught with their hand in the cookie jar?

Harry Reid.

BobMbx on June 19, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Mooch 2016

You know you want it.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 2:08 PM

So, he confided in Marin Cogan???

You people are so gullible and stupid.

faraway on June 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I don’t know – Cantor never struck me as gay – he seems more the “straight” cross-dresser type, but, he has been spending a lot of time working one-on-one, late into the night with obama (who is openly gay, according to Newsweek) to RAM amnesty down our throats, so, Cantor is sort of “gay by association” – a lot of question marks there.

And, as far as Feinstein being a “political” wh*re – I don’t think anyone can argue with that.

Pork-Chop on June 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

This guy’s implosion as a 2016 candidate (assuming it sticks) is a good thing for the right.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on June 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Gaydar doesn’t help much with yellow snow; you either eat it or you don’t.

cbenoistd on June 19, 2014 at 2:12 PM

The only thing I see happening now is someone else to the right of Hillary showing up if this sticks. Knowing the Dems, it may not.

ConservativePartyNow on June 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Mooch 2016

You know you want it.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 2:08 PM

That’s the real dilemma the left faces – go with the first black female president or with the first native american female president in Lieawatha Warren.

gwelf on June 19, 2014 at 2:18 PM

I don’t know – Cantor never struck me as gay – he seems more the “straight” cross-dresser type, but, he has been spending a lot of time working one-on-one, late into the night with obama (who is openly gay, according to Newsweek) to RAM amnesty down our throats, so, Cantor is sort of “gay by association” – a lot of question marks there.

And, as far as Feinstein being a “political” wh*re – I don’t think anyone can argue with that.

Pork-Chop on June 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

That’s whats funny about this whole thing. On those two points that Schweitzer made, who could really disagree. He’s pretty spot on, but in PC America we don’t call like we see anymore.

reddevil on June 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM

This guy is from Montana where the men are men and the sheep are scared.

RickB on June 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

That’s the real dilemma the left faces – go with the first black female president or with the first native american female president in Lieawatha Warren.

gwelf on June 19, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Lose your hood, KKK’er? It’s “indigenous American”, the word native connotes some sort of primal, backward mindset.

Bigot.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

…So what seems folksy and spontaneous one day could just as easily turn into campaign-ending gaffe the next day…

“Folksy and spontaneous?”

What if Ted Cruz or anybody else with an R after his name said that?

The question is of course rhetorical.

Drained Brain on June 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Warrenhonta/Booker, for the flukes/gays

Schadenfreude on June 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Today is Blaise Pascal’s birthday.I can’t believe all you computer geeks made no mention of this great day!

celtic warrior on June 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Looks like his electability-dar just sunk to 10%-15%

HumpBot Salvation on June 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

I noticed none of you disagree with Schweitzer’s first comment:

“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,”

So I guess we all agree, real men all come from the deep blue states.

Frank Lib on June 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

This guy is from Montana where the men are men and the sheep are scared.

RickB on June 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Watch it.

even saying that this what an embarrassment.
BS has always been full of his own BS.

MontanaMmmm on June 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

so is my spelling…..

MontanaMmmm on June 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

But what about Romney 2016?

Romney is early favorite in N.H. 2016 GOP primary

xblade on June 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

The Tea Party is Out of Touch

“Take the supposedly politically charged issue of Common Core education standards… Tea Party Republicans oppose them by 53%-38% in our poll. By contrast, the country at large supports them by a pretty non-controversial 59%-31% margin, and non-Tea Party Republicans narrowly favor them, 49%-42%. On immigration, the poll shows that 68% of Tea Party Republicans believe immigration hurts the United States, versus just 47% of non-Tea Party Republicans and 42% of all Americans who say that. And on the environment, Tea Party Republicans disapprove — by a 74%-23% margin — of a proposal that would require companies to reduce greenhouse gases, even if it means higher energy costs for consumers. By contrast, 57% of Americans and 50% of non-Tea Party Republicans APPROVE of the proposal.”

“What’s more, 39% of Tea Party Republicans think that concerns about global warming is unwarranted, while just 13% of all Americans and 7% of non-Tea Party Republicans believe that.”

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/tea-party-stands-alone-key-issues-n135426

Ned Pepper on June 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Lose your hood, KKK’er? It’s “indigenous American”, the word native connotes some sort of primal, backward mindset.

Bigot.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

It’s trans-indigenous American. Homophobe.

gwelf on June 19, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Biden-Schweitzer 2016!

Sounds like a German made gaffe machine.

HumpBot Salvation on June 19, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Damn funny

cthemfly on June 19, 2014 at 2:42 PM

So I guess we all agree, real men all come from the deep blue states.

Frank Lib on June 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Sure, cupcake. Whatever makes you feel better about yourself.

gwelf on June 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/tea-party-stands-alone-key-issues-n135426

Ned Pepper on June 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Congratulations — You posted this 45 minutes after it had been put up in the headlines on Hot Air. Now go have your breakfast and get ready to watch Game 5 of the NBA finals.

jon1979 on June 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Whatever about “gaydar”. But just for the record I’ve always thought all male Democrats and RINOs were gay. Maybe not in the homosexual sex sense of it, but pretty f***ing gay all the same.

M240H on June 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Ned Pepper’s brain is out to lunch.

xblade on June 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

For the record, Cantor and his wife Diane have been married for 25 years, and have three children.

For the record, that statement is meaningless… but also for the record, I’m quite certain Eric Cantor is heterosexual.

dpduq on June 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Mooch 2016

You know you want it.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Yup, specially after her GF did this :

http://therightscoop.com/walid-shoebat-company-that-created-obamacare-website-linked-to-benghazi-video/

burrata on June 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

The Tea Party is Out of Touch http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/tea-party-stands-alone-key-issues-n135426

But Chris Matthews is out of his head when I’m not around.

cbenoistd on June 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

“For the record, Cantor and his wife Diane have been married for 25 years, and have three children. Cogan added this as a parenthetical almost at the end of the article, but the NJ editors knew to highlight the quote in one of its graphic bars in the piece.”

While still a ridiculous foot-in-mouth, ignorant statement on Schweitzer’s part, I do seem to recall hearing of individuals married – often for many years – with children deciding to come out of the closet for one reason or another, divorce their spouse and proclaim that they were homosexual their whole life. Former NJ Governor McGreevey comes to mind as one example.

Logus on June 19, 2014 at 2:48 PM

“my gaydar is 60-70 percent”

A “gaydar” that was only 70% accurate would be worthless.

Many people say that 10% of the population is gay — I don’t know if that’s true, but let’s suppose that it is.

Then suppose that you had no ability at all to guess whether anyone was gay by their mannerisms, so you just assumed everybody was straight. You would be accurate 90% of the time — despite the fact that you had no ability to detect gay people at all.

A 70% accurate gaydar, thus, would demonstrate an extremely poor sense of whether people are gay or straight.

The real takeaway line from this is Schweitzer saying, “Men in the South, they are a little effeminate. They just have effeminate mannerisms.” That wouldn’t go over too well in most of the South.

J.S.K. on June 19, 2014 at 2:54 PM

So I guess we all agree, real men all come from the deep blue states.

Frank Lib on June 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

It is exceedingly easy to google up maps showing rates of recruitment for the armed services by year. Let’s talk about the deepest of blues, shall we?

Even right after 9/11, the NYC area had the lowest rates of enlistment in the nation.

Now, I don’t know what you consider a “real man” but …

M240H on June 19, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Lose your hood, KKK’er? It’s “indigenous American”, the word native connotes some sort of primal, backward mindset.

Bigot.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

It’s trans-indigenous American. Homophobe.

gwelf on June 19, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Two homophones arguing with each other. Well, isn’t that precious.

It’s “trans*-indigenous natives”, you trans*ists. Only Hitler’s children would call them Americans.

NotCoach on June 19, 2014 at 3:04 PM

“For the record, Cantor and his wife Diane have been married for 25 years, and have three children.

How long have the Clintons and the Husseins been married ?

burrata on June 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM

The real takeaway line from this is Schweitzer saying, “Men in the South, they are a little effeminate. They just have effeminate mannerisms.” That wouldn’t go over too well in most of the South.

J.S.K. on June 19, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Hey Schweitzer, come say that during the University of Alabama football practice. Or for that matter, any campus in the south.

itsspideyman on June 19, 2014 at 3:22 PM

so is my spelling…..

MontanaMmmm on June 19, 2014 at 2:34 PM

baaaaa ???

I kid :)

dmacleo on June 19, 2014 at 3:33 PM

This culture needs to unclench.

Axe on June 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

That’s the real dilemma the left faces – go with the first black female president or with the first native american female president in Lieawatha Warren.

gwelf on June 19, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Lose your hood, KKK’er? It’s “indigenous American”, the word native connotes some sort of primal, backward mindset.

Bigot.

Bishop on June 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I’m leaning towards Redskins, myself.

Recon5 on June 19, 2014 at 4:39 PM

If only the MSM had known about Schweitzer’s theory last week. Instead of, “Did Eric Cantor lose because he’s Jewish?” they could have run with “Did Eric Cantor lose because he’s secretly gay?”

CJ on June 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM

So I guess we all agree, real men all come from the deep blue states.

Frank Lib on June 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

The Babe Winkelman of the Hot Air comment section strikes again!

Mr. D on June 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I couldn’t understand all of his effeminate rambling. Did he start off saying something about bullchit??

Southernblogger on June 19, 2014 at 5:07 PM

BS is full of bullchit. I knew ole Brian would step in a cow patty along the way. His good ol’ boy folksy charm won’t sell on the national scene like it did back home.

Kissmygrits on June 19, 2014 at 6:43 PM