Schweitzer Serves Up a Bad Dish

Two days ago, it was revealed that Brian Schweitzer said his “gaydar” detected something in Eric Cantor and that it might have been the reason conservatives voted against him; that southern men are often “effeminate sounding;” and, that Dianne Feinstein’s willingness to give the NSA a blank check, coupled with her later criticism of the NSA, is the equivalent of a hooker saying she’s a nun.

Not Schweitzer’s finest moment and comments that must here, on a feminist blog, be condemned.  The remarks about Cantor and southerners are not appropriate; the Feinstein remark is not exactly a wise or feminist thing to say about a female politician.

I do suppose calling a politician a whore is a unisex thing too: you do hear the phrase uttered all the time equally about male politicians who sell themselves to the highest bidder.  Nevertheless, had a GOP member said these things I’d have enjoyed slamming him, so here must we too must too denounce the democrat for the utterance.   That said, those who know Schweitzer know that his record bears no resemblance to these remarks, something that has not been remarked upon in all the coverage.  He has always been a social progressive and especially so on women’s issues.  So the incident has a strange asymmetry to it.

They have often said that Schweitzer’s strengths are his weaknesses, and lately he is certainly the victim of what has often been a great strength: always trying to serve up a new, different, provocative and fresh dish to the voter and the consumer of politics. But the customer, this week, got a bad piece of fish which is being returned to the kitchen. The chef has apologized. He went on Facebook yesterday to do so, and I suspect we’ll see him reiterate early and often, as media personalities must do these days.

Schweitzer has also taken his lumps inside Montana, with state legislators and political activists of both parties expressing their disappointment on Facebook and Twitter. The piling on is not surprising at all. Schweitzer played a zero-sum game as governor in which you either had to join him or beat him, and if you lost he liked to squish you like a mosquito on the wall. It was what made the administration successful and also good political theater, but it also earned him many enemies. I can’t wait to hear what they say about it all at the Montana GOP convention this weekend.

So conservatives, but also the various democrats in the orbits of Jon Tester and Max Baucus who never warmed to Schweitzer and were never happy about the amount of water he displaced from the pool, are today enjoying some Big Sky Schadenfreude*. Now we will see if Schweitzer can recover and return to form.

Also Intelligent Discontent has already written about this here. 

*For my TEA Party readers that means taking pleasure in the misfortune of others.

Posted: June 20, 2014 at 5:24 pm

21 thoughts on “Schweitzer Serves Up a Bad Dish

  1. Gumbo

    The idea that the Feinstein remark is offensive, that’s just silly. He’s not saying that she literally is a prostitute. “Prostituting one’s values” is a very normal phrase and all Schweitzer did was give it some color. Good for him. And he’s exactly right about her. She tried have her cake and eat it. And all he’s saying about Cantor is that he sounds and acts like he could be gay, and that conservative voters might not like it. As to the Southern Men thing, Jon Stewart makes fun of Lindsay Graham for sounding like a woman, with heavy innuendo that Graham must be gay because of it. Stewart hasn’t exactly gotten any blowback from the Association of Outraged Progressives. Everyone should chill and lighten up.

  2. Jan Thomas

    I didn’t think the Feinstein comment was that bad either. I thought the comments were stupid more than anything, and beneath Schweitzer who is usually brilliant.

    I do think a lot of people like to pile on Schweitzer because he has been up on a pedestal and so much more successful and popular than a lot of these other politicians.

    Plus the hypocrisy of the GOP outrage on this is pretty rank – this is a party full of elected officials who not only say racist, sexist, and homophobic things but also vote to make it illegal to be gay, vote to deny LBGT people basic rights and freedoms, vote to keep women barefoot and pregnant, and vote to deny voting access to minorities, students, and the poor–etc, etc.

  3. In4it

    good lord, CG, whoever, you never miss a beat on the moral superiority express. But I gotta tell you, someone has to, that you ain’t that. Look at how you have your own schadenfreude while you wallow in the pool with the moral reprobates Baucus and Tester in your last paragraph.

    Wanna puke.

    1. larry kurtz

      In 2004, in defiance of federal law, Montana voters passed an initiated change to the state’s constitution that legalized the cultivation, distribution, and medical use of cannabis. In 2011, after the federal government nipped a thriving industry in the bud and after Schweitzer vetoed a repeal of the law, the state’s earth hater legislature passed a statute that Governor Schweitzer allowed to become law without his signature nullifying most of the people’s wishes.

      Schweitzer, chairman of the board of Stillwater Mining Company, Montana’s largest revenue producer, had once been considered a shoo-in for the US Senate seat vacated by the retiring Max Baucus now a battleground race.

      His slipping and falling in his own bile is a Tokarski habit.

      1. In4it

        He’s a politician, fer chrissakes. A politician. Does it ever, ever occur to you to follow the money? Schweitzer is not acting for himself, not is Tester or Bullock or Obama, and I gotta love you a Democrats who are finally willing to admit Baucus is a whore as he leaves office. They are nothing more than third-rate humans, liars, losers, con men, publics shills performing duties for the people who finance their campaigns. Does that ever sink in? Do you ever bother to wonder about that? Are you that shallow?

  4. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

    My rightwing pals LOVED the Schweitzer article! Hell, they said he deserves a second look now! And he does. He’s not a Dem, nor a Pubbie. He is a true independent and populist that speaks his mind. Is that so bad? Not to me or my rightwing pals. We like’im! He’ll do as he always does. He’ll shrug this off, shake it off, and continue taking the fight to the bad guys. It’s what he does best. If he steps on a few toes along the way, so be it. So the dude has gaydar. Don’t we all??? Mine goes to about EIGHTY/ EIGHTY-FIVE whenever I see dipshit daines! You can’t tell me that THAT dude ain’t been to the YMCA!…..prolly more than once!

    The ONLY time dipshit daines will make a gaff is if someone hacks his talking points!

    And that’s why I kinda like herr zinke too. He’s real, like Schweitzer. He’s gonna tell you what he thinks. So he don’t follow the Pubbie line. Big deal. It’s refreshing.

    Keep up the good work, boys. Ignore the weenies that can’t handle the gaybar! The gaybar crowd is the same as the fern bar crowd anyway, and they haven’t picked a winner in about forty years! (but their principles, unlike nancy’s scruples, are still intact!)

  5. Drunks for Denny

    By hopping into bed with former executives of the now defunct and bankrupt Pegasus Gold Corporation, Schweitzer has already signaled to us that he is running for nothing, and is merely remaining entertaining for the cable news followers ala Sarah Palin.

  6. Bigskygirl

    He’s TOAST! If your are trying to run for “President Of The United States” the Tobacco-Chewin’ Cowboy shit, doesn’t fly! “Well slap my pants, and chew on hay!” He’s TOAST!!!!!

  7. Aware and Not stupid

    You know there’s just no putting any color lipstick on this pig! Big Bully Bri’ was epic on this one, BOTH feet in his Big, Loud mouth, complete with the boots on. Keep up the good work Scheister, shot that mouth off again, Messina said it BEST in his tweet!

    1. In4it

      Just wondering if you are even slightly aware of the money backers who are financing Walsh, for example, not that he’s any better or worse than the other clowns. No? never bother to look? Just take him at his word that he means what he says? You’re kinda like the problem then, you know? You, Aans. Guy in mirror. You. You. Good day then.

  8. Randy

    Hey Montana, Brian Schweitzer left the Governor’s office better than he found it. He didn’t put up with crap from lobbyists or legislators. He did a fine job and you all will benefit from it for years. If the politically correct don’t appreciate the way good people from Montana speak…tough shit. Run Brian run!

    1. Aware and Not stupid

      He’s running Randy, running hard right off the edge of the cliff and that first step down is a doozie. Messina hates him, so does Tester and a whole lot of other Montana democrats who step around him like a steamin’ turd that Jag left on the kitchen floor. He’s done, Messina will see to that. If ol’ Big Mouth Brian was such a political boy wonder why didn’t he get a position in the Obama administration in his 2nd administration? Why’d he suddenly decide NOT to run for the Senate? Sorry Randy, Scheisters’ used goods and yesterday’s news and stupid stunts like this latest case of hoof-n-mouth disease just prove what a has been he is. Hope the fishing is good on Georgetown lake, cause that’s where he’s going to be spending a lot of time in the months ahead.

      1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

        “Hope the fishing is good on Georgetown lake, cause that’s where he’s going to be spending a lot of time in the months ahead.”

        Stoopid, you know it, and I know it, and I KNOW you know it, but you ReePubes are just whisltin’ past the graveyard on this one. You’re hopin’ beyond hope that this latest gaff does Schweitzer in. But sorry, dude. WRONGO! Even my rightwing fascist pals love Schweitzer MORE now more than ever! How do you account for that???

        You see, Stoopid, I’m fairly well informed, and even EYE never heard of “gaydar”! Me and my nazzi buddies laffed our ASSES off at that one! How DOES Schweitzer come up with these things? Gaydar. Too funny. And really, when you think about it, what straight dude or dudette DOESN’T have gaydar??

        Nope. He ain’t done by a long shot, Stoopid. He only LOOKS like he’s done to the inbred crowd, when actually, like always, he’s about ten steps ahead of them!

        Mark my word, Stoopid, he’s only just begun! Let the games begin!

        Reply

            1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

              You see, Stoopid, the reason that people hate Schweitzer’s comments is that, like the blacks, gays have suffered horribly in this country as victims! Yes victims. And like the black slaves, they deserve reparations maybe. I mean, need proof?! Well, just LOOK at these poor, downtrodden, slaves! Pathetic really. Have you ever seen anything LIKE that? Me neither!

              http://bestgaycities.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Gay-Pride-Parade-New-York.jpg

              1. Aware and Not stupid

                Larry, get back on your meds’. It’s not necessary to fly off at the face 4 times in a row to make your point, slow down, take a deep breath, get your thoughts in order and then type slowly. There’s no rush and you’re coming across like ol’ Tim Ravendal’s, completely irrational and making no sense.

  9. Robin Heide

    Why apologize? That’s what I don’t get…The governor said what he thought. I am only disappointed that he apologized. I can’t stand the “I mispoke” bs its not even an actual word in the English language. I don’t know what’s worse -the cowardice or the content.

  10. Norma Duffy

    Look, I mad as hell about what he said cuz I am a women, but I will say one thing about Brian that doesn’t happen with All GOP, and some Democratic politicians… he apologized… But I thought he was smarter than that in these times. Personally its a gaffe,yet I don’t hate him for it, I just think hes not my presidential nominee.

    Maybe, If we were neighbors, we probably have a good chuckle a couple of weeks from now over a beer. but its not something you say to all the women in this country anymore.

    Fact is women are by percentage in America the bigger breadwinners now, in this country. …and its not because we get paid the same as guys either…. its just more women have jobs in this country than men.

    Attention guys why you were soaking up the suds. we are now the best chance for putting meat on the table. That undeniable fact should be the most important choice in any male candidates mind before he speaks. Stop talking about women like we are chumps on national TV.

    More women work and ,more women vote than men now…. we are proud of that and it is time to give us that respect! It is also about time we stop being abused, as a second class citizens.

  11. Drifter

    I think that every word he said was calculated to give him more exposure on the national scene. It seems like politicos can get away with saying or doing almost anything if they then stand up and say that they are sorry whether they really mean it or not.

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