“Crossfire” addicts over the coming weeks will get familiar with the politics of former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer, a long-rumored presidential candidate. According to the Billings Gazette, Schweitzer will be appearing as a host four times in the coming month. A CNN representative confirms that Schweitzer will be on tonight and notes, “Viewers will see a guest host from time-to-time.” The standard hosting lineup consists of Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp on the right and Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter on the left.
Schweitzer previously appeared on “Crossfire” in the heat of the government-shutdown battle, when he snickered at the notion of a six-week lifting of the debt ceiling. At one point, he sure sounded like a future candidate for something: “If we want to make the size of government smaller, I’ve got ideas. In fact, I haven’t heard a lot of congressmen in the Republican side with ideas on how to make the government smaller. I’ll give you a big list…. Right now, you could say you we’re going to have vacancy savings. When somebody retires from the federal government, we won’t replace them. And we’ll do, say, 5 or 10 percent of them. If you just incrementally did these things, you wouldn’t hurt these programs, but you could make government more efficient.”
Ah, personnel management. That’s the level of detail that Schweitzer wants to take on. And he’s got the pro-CNN talking points down pat. Of his “Crossfire” guest-hosting appearances, he told the Billings Gazette, “It gives me an opportunity to be in the body politic and gives me a voice in a way that would be superior to a freshman member of Congress or, for that matter, a long-shot (presidential) candidate in Iowa. I don’t aspire to be on Fox or MSNBC. They’re hair on fire. You’re always wrong. You’re always right. At CNN, they want to have a longer-form discussion, so it’s not just talking points. Bring in political and business leaders and you get to drill down.”