Gov. Schweizer: A New Image for the Dems?

Hillary Clinton’s solid, unambivalent endorsement of Barack Obama last night is the story of the day.  But Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer’s speech should also turn heads.  A broad-shouldered, ebullient former rancher with so much energy he couldn’t quite stand still as he spoke to the delegates, Schweitzer showed an old school, plain spoken, man’s man populism rarely exhibited these days in the Democratic party.

Sporting a bolo-tie and speaking with awkward earnestness, he offered a new, sorely needed post-East Coast-elite image of the party, one that at times energized and surprised the convention.  

Advertisement

In March of 2007 Charlie Rose did this interview with Governor Schweitzer.  I highly recommend it; his comments show thoughtfulness and a great ability to get beyond party to the real issues that affect people. (For one example, check out his discussion of guns to be found at the 8 minute mark.)

 

Jim McDermott, S.J.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement

The latest from america

iStock/Duncan_Andison
What I've learned from more than 50 years in service of the church.
John CarrSeptember 25, 2018
"Rome nominates, the pope nominates. That is clear!”
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 25, 2018
“I have never, never given a pardon on a conviction.”
Gerard O’ConnellSeptember 25, 2018
Young adults are ready and willing to take on responsibility for and within the church. And many already have.
Cecilia González-AndrieuSeptember 25, 2018