posted on June 17, 2011 15:53 :: 1211 Views
The flair of Governor Brian Schweitzer, and the rebellious message of Rep. Derek Skees (R-Whitefish) are featured in Time magazine as The Great Nullification Debate continues.
Click here for the full story, here's an excerpt:
On Skees: Polite and affable, he
wore a nameplate in the shape of his state, a teapot lapel pin and the inscrutable smile of a guy sitting on a secret. He peppers his arguments
with allusions to the Magna Carta, the Federalist Papers, Plato and de Toqueville, and at one point whipped a copy of the Constitution from his
jacket pocket to bolster a point. “Jefferson gives me goose bumps,” he says. “Most of my heroes have been dead for 200 years.”
On the Gov: Governor Schweitzer has had a good time lampooning the nullification movement, whose members he calls “un-American” extremists. “Any day in this building could be an episode of the Colbert Report,” he says. A former mint farmer with a bolo tie and a showman’s flair...
But Schweitzer isn’t shy about tapping into the state’s deep vein of anti-Washington sentiment either. In 2007 and 2008, he spearheaded the successful opposition to a federal ID card. “We are putting up with the federal government on so many fronts, and nearly every month they come out with another harebrained scheme, an unfunded mandate to tell us that our life is going to be better if we’ll just buckle under on some other kind of rule or regulation,” Schweitzer said then, adding that sometimes the best way to deal with Beltway bureaucrats was to “just tell them to go to hell and run your state the way you want to run your state.”
Congrats to Time for telling that angle of the nullification debate that never seemed to really make the news much in Montana.