Schweitzer for President?

By Beacon Staff
By John Fuller

National news outlets and political pundits are speculating as to whether Brian Schweitzer will or should run for president.

Some would say that a small-population-state ex-governor having the audacity to run for president would be pretty cheeky.

Others say that Brian’s ego is big enough for the job. And others observe that Brian’s experience is exponentially greater than our current White House resident even after five years of on-the-job training.

What would a Democratic former governor from Montana bring to the national scene?

Would the left-wing base of President Barack Obama’s radical, socialistic and income redistributionists support a fast-talking, country boy from the fly-over province of Montana? Can the wine-sipping intellectuals bring themselves to vote for a blue-jean clad, bolo-tie wearing farmer?

Would the “establishment” of Washington, D.C. be able to handle Brian’s quick wit and corn-pone expressions? Will Brian’s moderate stance on gun ownership alienate the Second Amendment deniers of the “people’s republics” of New England?

The Obama administration has proven itself to be the most imperious, arrogant, Constitution-defying, incompetent, economy-destroying, power-hungry, and dangerous presidency in our history. Democrats could do a lot worse than nominate Brian Schweitzer for president. And they probably will.

Run, Brian, run.

By Joe Carbonari

I wish that I knew Brian Schweitzer better. We’ve met; we’ve talked, several times in fact. We’ve had extended conversations and I’ve always wanted more.

He’s smart, he’s incisive, he’s got a wicked sense of humor and he loves playing hardball. He is not to be taken lightly. All this I know; most all of it I like.

What I don’t know, and what intrigues me, is who he puts his faith in.

Who does, or would, he turn to for insights, for advice on economic matters? Whose advice would he seek on environmental and health issues; who would he seek out, and trust, regarding international trade, diplomacy, or the use of force?

Who is the real Brian Schweitzer?

Is he the showman with the branding iron, the tour bus operator un-masking the pharmaceutical industry, or is he the magician the consummate politician who balanced our budgets and left us with reserves in the bank. No doubt about it. As Governor he got things done…good things.

I’d have loved to have seen him run for the U.S. Senate. I still would.

Now, does he have the gravitas, the backing, and the temperament to make a good President? Is he ready to run the most powerful nation on earth to be a true world leader? I can’t say; time will have to tell.

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