- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 19, 2014

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer apparently doesn’t think Southern men are manly.

Following Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor’s stunning loss last week, Mr. Schweitzer initial response, according to a profile in The National Journal, was, “men in the South, they are a little effeminate.”

“They just have effeminate mannerisms,” Mr. Schweitzer said. “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.”

Mr. Schweitzer has flirted with the idea of running for the Democratic nomination for president, casting himself as a possible alternative to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Mr. Schweitzer has built a reputation for speaking his mind, and in the National Journal profile - called “The Gonzo Option - he also criticized Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate intelligence committee, for trying to have her cake and eat it too when she accused the CIA of spying on the congressional staffers that were investigating the way the agency handled terrorism suspects under President George W. Bush.

“She was the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees, and now she says, ‘I’m a nun,’ when it comes to this spying!” Mr. Schweitzer told the National Journal. “I mean, maybe that’s the wrong metaphor—but she was all in!”