September hasn’t been the best month for the Good Gov. It’s nothing to celebrate, but it’s interesting.
Schweitzer’s bad month started in Charlotte when he addressed the DNC Convention (he also made an appearance at the Iowa delegation’s breakfast – furthering speculation Schweitzer is considering a Presidential run). The Governor’s speech was met with poor reviews.
Chris Cillizza of The Fix placed the speech in the “losers” column and wrote, “The governor of Montana was one of the breakout stars of the 2008 Democratic National Convention with a speech that lit up the Denver hall. But tonight Schweitzer seemed too folksy by half (or maybe more) – like he was playing a character named “Brian Schweitzer.” And his “that dog won’t hunt” refrain, well, it just didn’t hunt.”
Cillizza’s criticisms ring true. When I watched the speech, I felt embarrassed. His delivery was inauthentic and bordered on mockery – mockery of the people of Montana. As Montana’s chief ambassador, he disappointed.
I’m hearing the same complaints from friends and fellow political junkies here in Montana.
Who says “that dog don’t/won’t hunt”? This is Montana, not Missouri.
The Governor is damn good at giving a speech, but, as of late, he is falling a bit flat. Maybe he’s spending too much time crisscrossing the nation appearing at high profile fundraisers and giving his token “in Montana this is how we do things” speech. He is slowly becoming a charactuer of himself.
Schweitzer’s month got a little rougher when a recent PPP poll reported some interesting numbers, including a lead in the polls for Tester and a surprisingly close Congressional race between Daines and Gillan.
Public Policy Polling polls have been taughted by Schweitzer’s team in the past and there is rumor that his team has a close relationship with PPP. Last year, The Hill reported that “Franklin Hall, a senior advisor to Schweitzer posted a poll [showing Schweitzer handedly defeating Baucus in a hypothetical primary] on his Facebook page and flagged it for friends on Facebook as ‘very interesting.’”
It’s no secret that there is no love loss between the Baucus and Schweitzer camps.
The latest PPP poll shows a much closer race. The breakdown is now only 40-36.
Another interesting result of the PPP poll was that Baucus would beat a generic Republican challenger (maybe Daines?) 48-42. Baucus has also seen a significant jump in his approval numbers.
Maybe the new poll numbers are a result of Montanan’s becoming bored of (or slightly embarrassed by) Schweitzer’s “shucks, I’m just a cattle brandin’ son of gun” act that borders on Palin-esc (except Schweitzer is very intelligent and Palin is far from it – Schweitzer should act accordingly) .
We deserve a better ambassador, especially if Schweitzer makes the leap to the national stage.