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Steve Bullock and the Lost Art of Political Persuasion

He’s one of the most popular governors in the country.

Some Democrats think he’d make a great presidential candidate

There’s just one problem: Few outside of Montana have heard of the guy.

BOZEMAN, Mont. —A small collection of the older women of Bozeman, Montana, are deep into their water aerobics class at the Holiday Inn’s indoor pool on a recent cold and gusty Wednesday when the governor strolls by.

About 10 feet from the pool area, Steve Bullock steps into the hotel’s ballroom, a low-ceilinged space packed with round tables and a few dozen of the state’s county commissioners.

Steve Bullock 1a AP LLLLWearing a lightly wrinkled navy blazer, a blue shirt, light gray pants and slightly muddied brown leather shoes, Bullock lumbers toward the head table, shaking hands and grasping…

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