Governor Brian Scheitzer has been making lots of headlines lately – first, he announced that he would be appearing on the David Letterman show on Wednesday, April 25th. Pretty cool – not often a governor appears on Letterman, let alone anyone from Montana. And since Letterman lives (part time) just up the road from Helena, it should make for a neat exchange/interview with lots of Montana goodness. Got my fingers crossed that Jag will make an appearance, too!
Schweitzer then showed up in Times Square in New York City this week, handing out little Billy Bowman stuffed goats, encouraging people to visit the Treasure State, and yes, posing with the Naked Cowboy. All politics aside – whether you voted for him or not – I think he did a great job promoting Montana as a tourist destination.
Then Schweitzer inserted himself into the Presidential race, telling the Daily Beast his thoughts about Mitt Romney: “…kinda ironic given that his family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico, but then he’d have to talk about his family coming from a polygamy commune in Mexico, given the gender discrepancy…I am not alleging by any stretch that Romney is a polygamist and approves of [the] polygamy lifestyle, but his father was born into [a] polygamy commune in Mexico.”
Your logic reminded me of the rhetorical line of attack rightwingers used against President Barack Obama through the past few years — declaring the president a Muslim because his father was born in Africa; as somehow damaged because he was raised by a single mother. We don’t choose our parents — or, in Mr. Romney’s case, our grandparents. Governor, you took a page right out of the right wing’s playbook. I don’t mean that as a compliment. Discussing Mr. Romney’s grandparents (or Mr. Obama’s father or mother) does nothing to advance the political conversation. It’s bunk, adding nothing to urgent policy questions concerning the economy, taxes, healthcare, war or the war in Afghanistan. Of course, you weren’t trying to help Americans understand the issues. You were attempting to damage Mr. Romney and add fuel to the so-called Republican war on women. I get it.