Posted on | June 19, 2014 | 35 Comments
If you were betting on former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer as a 2016 Democrat presidential dark horse, you just lost. Out of a clear blue sky, in a total non sequitur, Schweitzer decided to gay-bait a Republican — and every man in the South while he was at it:
Last week, I called him on the night Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in his GOP primary. “Don’t hold this against me, but I’m going to blurt it out. How do I say this . . . men in the South, they are a little effeminate,” he offered when I mentioned the stunning news. When I asked him what he meant, he added, “They just have effeminate mannerisms. If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say — and I’m fine with gay people, that’s all right — but my gaydar is 60-70 percent. But he’s not, I think, so I don’t know. Again, I couldn’t care less. I’m accepting.”
Ed Morrissey points out that Cantor and his wife have been married for 25 years and have three children. As if he hadn’t damaged himself enough by gay-baiting Cantor, however, Schweitzer also decided to call Dianne Feinstein a whore, more or less.
So . . . Martin O’Malley, anyone?