Brian Schweitzer Can’t Really Think Of Anything Nice To Say About Obama’s Record

Brian Schweitzer has given every indication lately that he’s not exactly a President Obama fan.

The former Montana governor called the President a “corporatist” last month. Then he told Dave Weigel that the Obama administration is “just not good at getting things done.”

Now there’s MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin’s profile of Schweitzer, who struggled to identify a single positive achievement under Obama’s belt.

“My mother, God rest her soul, told me ‘Brian, if you can’t think of something nice to say about something change the subject,’” Schweitzer said after a long pause, before slamming Obama’s record on civil liberties and the Affordable Care Act.

While ramping up speculation that he’s preparing a 2016 presidential bid, Schweitzer has made it a point to distinguish himself from both Obama and Hillary Clinton.

He suggested last month that Clinton might take a “hard right” turn and took a shot at her for voting to authorize the use of force in Iraq.


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