Schweitzer comes out swinging on "Real Time with Bill Maher"

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It's hard to stand out when you're following Ann Coulter and sitting on the same panel as Ben Affleck. But that's exactly what Gov. Brian Schweitzer did Friday night during an episode of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" by, right out of the gate, going after Fox News, where Coulter regularly appears, and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who was a panelist alongside Schweitzer and Affleck.

If you're thinking it must've been awkward for Schweitzer to attack people sitting right next to him, you're right. When the Montana governor effectively touted his first-hand experience living in the Middle East to hammer home a point against Issa, the best the congressman could offer was a snarky: "What's it like having dinner with Gaddafi?" The governor ignored the comment and moved on.

Schweitzer wasn't flawless, but he more than held his own. He also took a jab at VP candidate Paul Ryan's budget, criticized Mitt Romney's economic plan, and, of course, spun all the money talk into a brag about Montana's record surplus. Catch the episode on HBO (subscription required), or via DeliShows (patience required; it's glitchy). Schweitzer and the panel start around the 16-minute mark and gab for about 35 minutes.

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