According to the Washington Times, the National Republican Senatorial Committee thinks that Governor Brian Schweitzer is “the next Todd Aikin.” They write:
“If anyone is looking for the 2014 cycle’s Todd Akin, we’ve found him, and his name is Brian Schweitzer,” said NRSC spokesman Brad Dayspring. “The difference is that Schweitzer’s pattern of inappropriate and offensive gaffes are a result of narcissism, bullying and bluster. Jump in the pool, governor! Water’s warm!”
This maniacal bluster from the NRSC is almost too delicious for words. After all, they’re the organization that bailed on Aikin after his remarks about rape before panicking and funneling over three-quarters of a million dollars into the Aikin campaign in the weeks right before the election. I’m no highly paid political consultant, but that seems like complicated messaging.
Of course, it’s also worth noting that, unlike Aikin and the Republican Party, Governor Schweitzer believes that women should control their reproductive choices—and that the Earth is over 6,000 years old.
The most amusing part of this story is watching the NRSC pretend to bait Schweitzer into the race, given the demonstrated cowardice of their preferred pool of candidates, all of whom are waiting to see what Schweitzer does before making their decision. Where is Steve Daines? Waiting for Schweitzer. Where is Ryan Zinke? Waiting for Schweitzer. Where is Marc Racicot? Probably lobbying for some ethically challenged MNC—and waiting for Schweitzer.
To be fair, two Republicans have announced their intentions to run for the Senate seat already, but neither I nor anyone else I know can recall either of their names.