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Democrat 2016 Hopeful Schweitzer Implodes After ‘Gaydar’ Comment

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?



  • Jeanette Victoria

    Funny how the Democrats prove over and over again they are what they project onto conservatives

  • robertstacymccain

    1. What’s weird is that he would actually say this stuff to a reporter.
    2. I can’t understand anyone thinking of Southern men as “effeminate.” How many Southerners does Schweitzer actually know?

  • Jeanette Victoria

    I thought the same he couldn’t know any real Southern men, unless he had only gone into a big university town. The fellas in Chapel Hill NC aren’t particularly manly you know gun-hating vegan liberals with feelings

  • TiminAL

    The responses to his FB “Apology” are hilarious. Pass the Kool Aid, please

  • cmdr358

    I’d love to hear his views on Baltimore, Philadelphia, Newark and of course the Big Apple!

  • kilo6

    Schweitzer has a brain the size of a tangerine

  • darleenclick

    While the statement appears wildly stupid and inappropriate, there seems to be a meme among the progressives to “dog whistle” or broadly hint that male Republicans are gay. And worse, despite wives & kids, are really *closeted* gays.

    Scott Walker gets this nudge*nudge*wink*wink* treatment often.

    It’s just plain creepy.

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  • Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    There is such as thing as the effeminate southern guy. This is blasphemous, but actually sort of funny.

  • Adjoran

    A lot of people who live in the Mountain West states think they are Mountain Men even though their idea of roughing it is living in Billings with only one opera company, four theaters, three museums, and ten microbreweries.

    Brian Schweitzer should take a trip into the Bayou with the Robertsons, and then call Southerners effeminate. Better yet, mention it before the trip.

  • Jupiter C.

    It’s just shockingly odd. On par with shooting himself in the foot, while he’s looking at his foot, literally.

  • David R. Graham

    Being married with children does not mean one is not queer. “Mainline Christian” and “Evangelical Christian” churches are chock-a-block with self-promoting so-called clergy who are married with children and also queer. The Episcopal Church, long since a storefront of the Democratic Party, is exhibit A of the phenomenon.

  • David R. Graham

    Yes, Althouse blogs the phenomenon today.

  • Wombat_socho

    Well, he did say it on MSNBC. How was he to know there’s people that actually still watch it who haven’t drunk the Koolaid?

  • Quartermaster

    And where did you come about this “information?”

    There may be a few, but “chock-a-block?” That’s silly. It’s akin to accusing the Roman Catholic Church of ordaining nothing but pedophiles, which is also silly.

  • Quartermaster

    You misspelled Chapel Hell.

  • Dana

    Probably enough to know that he can say that in Charlotte, with armed guards all around, but he might want to keep his mouth shut in Tuscaloosa.

  • Dana

    Our womenfolk are more macho than Mr Schweitzer.

  • Dana

    And the reason is simple: despite their oh-so-inclusive statements, deep down they view implications of homosexuality as an insult.

  • Art Deco

    I recall the sociologist Edward Laumann estimated that the proportion of the adult population who are given to homosexuality to a greater or lesser degree amounts to 2.8% at any one time. The share of those who’ve been married for 25 years and have multiple children I would suggest is modest. You might locate a member of Congress who fits that description, but you only think it plausible with any given member of Congress if you have trouble with math.

    There’s almost nothing about Cantor which suggests that scenario has even the smallest elevated likelihood. He married at an ordinary age for a college educated male (26), he sired all his children; his wife was never married previously and did not have any children when they married, is a functional and well preserved professional woman who must have had other options (and may still, unusual for a woman in her 50s), and is not so much older than he is to suggest she is a sort of mother substitute (five years, not surprising given their marriage is endogamous). This is about the last person you’d accuse of being a switch-hitter.

  • David R. Graham

    I am not implying Cantor is queer. I am certain he is not. My point is that married with family is not automatically a sign of being not queer.

  • David R. Graham

    I am a clergyman. And no, what I said is not akin to accusing RCC of ordaining nothing but pedophiles. And you know it.

  • K-Bob


  • Jeanette Victoria

    Yes they all live in Asheville

  • Art Deco

    My point is that married with family is not automatically a sign of being not queer.

    No, but that’s what it will mean 99% of the time. Your point is unimportant.

  • Art Deco

    You’re point is overstated.

  • Dana

    If the estimated ranges for homosexuality are anywhere close to correct, roughly 3% of the population, and we have a significant “open” homosexual population, then either the percentage of married men who are homosexual or bisexual has to be very, very small.

    Actually, I’d suggest that the definitions are wrong, giving us wrong numbers. There are some men, married and single, who consider themselves to be heterosexual, because they want the complete sexual experience with women — love and family along with sex — but who are willing to occasionally take a walk on the Wilde side for sex only. I’d suggest that that group might be a bit larger than people suspect.

  • Quartermaster

    How soon they forget….

    I know exactly who you are and what you are. My analogy stands and your statement is utterly silly.

  • David R. Graham


  • David R. Graham

    When I drove public transit, I remarked that people spent thousands of dollars with shrinks trying to find out who they are, where they came from and where they are going, but public transit operators receive that information every day free of charge.

  • David R. Graham

    Concur, plus, the clerical realm, on which my point focused, is not the same as the at-large population. It attracts queers, part of the power trip of being clergy. It also attracts guys looking to lay women, BTW. Middle-aged and juvenile women not a few throw themselves at clergy. Again, the power trip. People think clergy are closer to God than they are and that phenomenon attracts sex-focused individuals, queer and not, to clerical ranks. Not the only thing that does, but a major one. Not generally known to the population at-large.

  • David R. Graham

    Hardly, you addressed it.

  • Dana

    I’d guess that the priesthood does attract homosexuals, but not for the reason — part of the power trip of being clergy — that you gave. Homosexuals who become priests know that homosexual activity is morally wrong and sinful, but are hoping that the Grace of God will enable them to be what God calls homosexuals to be: celibate. Sadly, for far too many of them, that isn’t enough.

    Part of the reason for that is the seminary, where these homosexuals who hope to be celibate wind up living with other homosexuals who hope to be celibate, and the temptation of proximity, the easy access, breaks down the barriers.

  • David R. Graham