Over the last year and half or so, I would occasionally hear Al Franken and one of his semi-regular guests, David Sirota, a hard core leftist activist, sing the praises of Montana Governor, Brian Schweitzer. The Governor, you see, is a Democrat who was elected in a very red state. According to Franken and Sirota, he, Schweitzer, was evidence that a good progressive candidate running on progressive issues can get elected in any state. Truth is, I hadn't done much research on Schweitzer to really know how or what he campaigned on, but I took the word of Al and David, that the Gov. was a good Democrat.
Tonight I watched 60 Minutes and I have to admit I was somewhat impressed with the Governor's demeanor. Leslie Stahl kept referring to his "cowboy swagger." I thought that was odd as Bush's critics refer to his cowboy swagger as a negative.
Anyways, it seems that this good old progressive governor, whom Franken touts as the role model for other Democrats to run, isn't exactly the progressive he was made out to be.
You see, he has a 100% rating from the NRA and selected a Republican as his running mate.
Is this what Franken wants other Democrats to emulate or was Franken once again misleading his audience about who and what Brian Schweitzer is really all about? A hard working guy who has a vision that doesn't include demonizing his opponents.