Matt points out an interesting article that profiles the success of Brian Schweitzer as well as mentioning the prospects of Jon Tester. Overall, a solid piece that talks about Democratic prospects, but I found one line troubling:
Tester is homegrown; he knows that guns in Montana are not the same as guns in the inner city.
This criticism is not intended to be one about Mr. Tester, but isn’t that phrase pretty overt coded racism? It seems to imply that guns in rural (predominantly white) states are used the way God and Jefferson intended them, while the only reason to own a gun in the inner city would be for gang violence.
Again—to be totally clear—my concern is not with Mr. Tester, but the casual loaded language of race that creeps into even the discussion of progressives.