Who is Governor Brian Schweitzer?
A popular Democratic governor of a red state? Check.
A politician who walks the walk of post-partisan politics? Check.
A potential VP nominee for Barack Obama? Hmmm…
Watch this interview with Charlie Rose and you tell me…
Needless to say I’m impressed with Schweitzer’s refreshing candor, as is FiveThirtyEight.com:
Last night, Senator Jon Tester impishly threw Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer’s name into the ring as a potential VP choice. That set off a bunch of thoughts, because I have a closer perspective on Schweitzer than most bloggers. Without going into too much detail, I’ve worked a short while in Montana politics, enough to feel relatively confident in the following analysis.
The first time I heard Brian Schweitzer speak, I thought: “This guy is going to be President.” That is not a common reaction on my part to politicians. I’ve listened to hundreds and hundreds of Democratic politicians speak, and I’ve only had that reaction twice in my lifetime. The first was Barack Obama, the second was Brian Schweitzer.
[…] Schweitzer is a hell of a smart guy. A soil scientist and rancher, he spent 6 years in Saudi Arabia working on irrigation projects. He speaks fluent Arabic and has an intuitive grasp of the region based on real life experience. Certainly that would open him up to the sleazy email “Manchurian Candidate” stuff, especially as the radical Islamic Hussein Osama’s running mate. But I have a feeling, knowing Schweitzer, he’d be asked about it and his response would have people slapping their foreheads in laughter with, “Yes! That’s the perfect reply!”
Sure, he’s certainly not perfect, but I’m betting Obama is taking a hard look at him. And while I won’t propose that he could turn Montana blue for Obama in the fall, you never know what can happen in a year where “change” is the central theme.
Long story short, Schweitzer may just be that VP dark horse everybody is ignoring.
We shall see…