Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer might want to be president – but just how much can you run your mouth and still run for higher office?
He's about to find out.
In an in-depth profile by National Journal's Marin Cogan, Schweitzer, a Democrat, says that Southern men strike him as "effeminate," says that ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor set off his "gaydar," and suggests that Sen. Dianne Feinstein was a streetwalker for the U.S. intelligence community.
"She was the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees," Schweitzer says of Feinstein, "and now she says, 'I'm a nun,' when it comes to this spying I mean, maybe that's the wrong metaphor—but she was all in!"
Cogan called Schweitzer on the night Cantor lost his Republican primary. The former governor had plenty to say about it:
"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."
For the full story, read Cogan's "The Gonzo Option."