Here's what Schweitzer told National Journal's Marin Cogan about Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in a story posted Wednesday:
Schweitzer is incredulous that Feinstein—considered by her critics to be too close to the intelligence community—was now criticizing the (National Security Agency). "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!" he says. Then, he adds, quickly, "I mean, maybe that's the wrong metaphor—but she was all in!"
Memo to Schweitzer: Yes, that's the wrong metaphor.
And here he is on the -- and we can't believe we're typing this -- relative femininity of Southern men, in which he actually says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) seems gay:
Last week, I called him on the night Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in his GOP primary. "Don't hold this against me, but I'm going to blurt it out. How do I say this ... men in the South, they are a little effeminate," he offered when I mentioned the stunning news. When I asked him what he meant, he added, "They just have effeminate mannerisms. 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."
Why Schweitzer felt the need to make these comments is anybody's guess. What's pretty clear is that he's got basically no filter. So while he might seem folksy and spontaneous one day, he could just as easily offer a campaign-ending gaffe the next day.
Add to that Schweitzer's odd decision to attend Mitt Romney's confab over the weekend and his comments critical of President Obama, and the list of questionable actions grows.
Anybody with illusions that Schweitzer could be a major player in the 2016 presidential race should probably re-evaluate themselves.
Update: Schweitzer has taken to Facebook to apologize for his comments: "I recently made a number of stupid and insensitive remarks to a reporter from the National Journal. I am deeply sorry and sincerely apologize for my carelessness and disregard."
Originally posted at 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday.