Deja vu all over again?
Gasoline prices were skyrocketing.
Citizens were aghast and disgusted at the immorality and dishonesty exhibited by national leaders.
Because of all this, Jimmy Carter, an obscure governor from Georgia, was elected in 1976 as President of the United States. The voting public veered away from the same-old, same-old continuation of politics as usual.
Is history going to repeat in 2008?
Well, here's betting that a majority of the American electorate three years hence will be yearning to vote for an outsider, someone carrying the mantle of reform, an individual with common man/woman roots.
Who will play the Carter role?
On the Democratic side, is that John Kerry? Hillary Clinton? John Edwards? Joe Biden? Evan Bayh? Bill Richardson?
We didn't think so.
Possibly Wes Clark and Mark Warner fit the description. But Clark came off ill-prepared and unqualified in his aborted 2000 run and he will need to demonstrate from the get-go that his is more than a vanity candidacy. Warner, though successful in governing Virginia, is a millionaire many times over and will need to show an immediate ability to connect with disaffected voters as a 'change' candidate.
Outsider. Reformist. Everyday man. Such certainly describes Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.
He has already positioned himself as the anti-D.C. Democrat. His is a reformist administration to date in Montana. Talk about someone you would want to have a beer with---that's Schweitzer. Plus, he's an accomplished 'artist' at 'framing' language.
Three words: run Brian, run.
Three more words: vote Brian Schweitzer.