Now that Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) has abandoned his re-election bid amid allegations that he plagiarized portions of his 2007 master’s thesis, Democrats are in a bit of a bind.
They must find a suitable replacement to run against Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who is heavily favored to carry the seat come November. And they have to do so before Aug. 20. Potential candidates include Nancy Keenan, former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America; John Bohlinger, former lieutenant governor; and perhaps even Brian Schweitzer, the former governor who briefly flirted with a presidential run earlier this year.
But all of those options are sure to have an uphill battle in Big Sky Country, and Democrats may very well need a "game changer" of Sarah Palin variety.
So, without further ado, here are seven very serious game-changing candidates Democrats should consider, courtesy of The Huffington Post.
It would certainly be easier to push uphill.
Brian Schweitzer's Bolo Tie
No red ties or blue ties, just united bolo ties.
A Grizzly Bear
Because they've been known to do stranger things.
Because any fin is possible.
It could help lock up the Chick-fil-A vote.
It certainly has the right color scheme.
Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) weighed in:
BREAKING: AP source: Montana Sen. Joe Walsh leaving race amid allegations that he plagiarized paper.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 7, 2014
ITS NOT TRUE! IM IN TO WIN! RT@AP: BREAKING: AP source: Montana Sen. Joe Walsh leaving race amid allegations that he plagiarized paper.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) August 7, 2014