Skip to main content

I'm just back from a Draft Brian Schweitzer rally.  The goal of the gathering was to somehow entice the reluctant Brian Schweitzer into running for the seat left open by Max Baucus' (forced) retirement.

Like, we have to form a group of young volunteers to travel the state and hold rallies, to somehow pry Brian out of his sequestered rehabilitation from being Governor of Montana, which finds him mending fence and doctoring calves' screw-worm issues on his remote ranch.

Anyway, I think this evening pretty much made it official, Brian is about to announce.  I mean when you get an email that reads "Free food, Free beer, grassroots effort to Draft Brian Schweitzer for Senate" and then you arrive at the gathering and there is a band playing (tasty band, "Jesse Ahmann and Fresh Off the Vine") and indeed it is free food and beer (and wine too) and you corner one of the organizers and ask questions like, "Who paid for the food?" and he says, "Oh, just our grassroots organization!"

And he lets it be known that he's an operative who last worked on the Tester campaign, and I ask, "Are you paid?"  And he's stumbling a bit, "Only paid by Draft Brian Schweitzer, the grassroots organization we represent!"

Look, I'm a big fan of Brian, I don't mean to sound cynical here...but it's pretty clear what's going on.  

Brian Schweitzer is running for US Senate.

The ground game has begun.  Names are being taken (you would think that after three consecutive campaigns Brian would already have the name of every possible supporter, and the colors of their cats, plus how many cattle they run on their acreage, maybe they grow arugula.)

The rally this evening was simply political theater, but joyous to attend, since we Purple State Populists now have a candidate who will solidly put the boots to anyone the Repugs put up against him.  

There's no show in the political realm quite as entertaining as Brian Schweitzer in full swing.  And the prospect of Brian Schweitzer as Senator allows one to dream a bit.

Like, imagine Brian Schweitzer and Elizabeth Warren working together, chomping down on some Repug bone of idiocy.

Savor that image.  It's politics as entertainment, and Brian Schweitzer totally gets it.

So...let's GO!  

Draft Brian Schweitzer!

Ok, I know it's theater...but they got me, I'm juiced!

Originally posted to Desmo on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 07:10 PM PDT.

Also republished by Community Spotlight.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site