Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Kos wants Schweitzer in '08

With all the political hoopla surrounding the ongoing British election and the (likely) impending Canadian one, the focus has drifted away from one of our favorite topics on this blog - potential Presidential candidates for 2008. And if you have not heard of Montana's Governor Brian Schweitzer yet, maybe it's time you did.

Could a guy who currently lives on a "wheat, barley, and hay farm near Whitefish, Montana" make it all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Kos has been gushing over him for the past few months, and seems to have all but endorsed him already.

Read the Salon interview piece Kos links to here. I have to say, I too find this guy exceptionally intriguing. Consider their glowing assessment:
"A native Montanan who spent time in the Middle East before returning to start his own business, Schweitzer espouses a political philosophy that combines the class-based populism of a John Edwards with the budgetary pragmatism of a Howard Dean, all wrapped up in shit-kicking Western dialect that the Daily Kos' Markos Moulitsas ZĂșniga calls "a genuine version of Bush's fake ranch."

Sounds like someone to watch, whether in 2008 or 2012, and certainly an authentic if underdog persona that could entice me back to Concord, New Hampshire in two and a half years time... Stopping Hilary may prove impossible. But the best chance for the Democrats lies with someone of Schweitzer's background and style, not the junior Senator from New York's.

We shall see.


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