Democrat Senate Candidate Heidi Heitkamp Says President Obama Has Failed


The Associated Press has a lengthy piece about North Dakota’s Senate race up today, and it makes a lot of the mistakes that most out-of-state political observers make. To wit, I don’t think the Senate race between Rick Berg and Heidi Heitkamp is nearly as competitive as the story implies.

But setting that aside for a moment, I found these comments from Heidi Heitkamp about President Barack Obama to be interesting.

In an interview, Heitkamp made it clear she intends to keep her distance from Obama.

“I think he’s failed in the one test America had for him, which was to unite the country,” she told The Associated Press. “I think he needed to be more hands-on. … I don’t think he’s done enough to think broadly and come up with solutions that would engage both sides in a reasonable dialogue.”

So Heidi Heitkamp is saying, on the campaign trail, that Barack Obama has failed.

Yet, back in 2008 Heitkamp (in now-infamous video that North Dakota Democrats have worked to get taken off the internet) Heitkamp said Obama was going to be “awesome.” And just a few weeks ago Heitkamp told a questioner at a public event that she’d be voting again for Obama in 2012.

So Heitkamp wants to distance herself from the President she thought as awesome and is going to vote for?

Does anyone really find this credible?

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Roy_Bean

    It’s a good example of clear concise democrat-speak.

  • Jay

    If Heitkamp told me the Sun was going to rise tomorrow, Rob, I’d check to see how long we were scheduled to be under an eclipse.

    • I H8 GOPers

       So…Obama hasn’t failed to unite America, in your opinion?

      • Jay

        In this instance, Heitkamp stumbled onto the truth though it’s not at all plausible given her cheerleading for Obama she believes what she’s saying.

        She knows Romney will trounce Obama in her state in November and so has decided to distance herself from Obama accordingly. The problem with that strategy is twofold:

        1) Berg is a more credible Obama detractor.

        2) If Heitkamp keeps this up, then her own base of support–whom she needs in addition to peeling off Berg’s supporters–may be unenthusiastic about supporting her in November.

        A combination of the two will doom whatever slender chances Heitkamp has in November.

  • Wesbutte

    Heidi must have gotten permission from the DNC to trash Odipshit in order to inprove her chances in November.

    • I H8 GOPers

       “Trash” Ha ha, you are funny.

    • $8194357


      No bold, individual, decisive,
      descision making, N Dak way,
      kind of small town “home girl”?


      I think she got group think advice to throw Barry under the bus
      temporary to have a better chance at coming to central planning
      to be a good team player for the “party”.

      (Communist party.)

  • I H8 GOPers

    Failed to unite rational people with the right-wing-elite-fringe. Fail? Is it a fail to not be able to do the impossible…or ill-advised? I don’t think so.

    But…if you want to say he failed to unite with y’all, that’s ok. At least you wouldn’t be lying this time.

    • Guest

      You did catch that the person who said Obama failed to unite the country was Heitkamp, the Democratic candidate, right?

    • Mike Peterson

      I don’t think the “goal” of president is to “unite” the country, nor to run it like a business (which is a huge fundamental flaw in the way people view american government) but rather to… simply honor his oath of office and nothing else…

  • $8194357

    Maybe a government subsidize synthetic coal powered light bulb
     will go off in her leftist head and she
    will realize its not just Barry who is failing?

    Its the whole big government leftist central planning “ideology”
    that has failed, time after time, after time….

    Heidi isn’t the brightest bulb, so it may take awhile yet, huh?

  • Kevin Flanagan

    One mercenary shyster slamming another one?

  • Rick Olson

    Heidi better watch it, or she’ll wind up becoming one of many people that Barack Obama has thrown under the bus.  You know she is making these comments purely out of desperation. She knows her chances of winning in November are slim and none, so she’s doing everything she can to divert attention away from her shortcomings, meanwhile getting some free publicity besides.

  • flamemeister

    A real indicator of how much intelligence it takes to see that Obama has failed (as a President of the United States, not in carrying out his agenda).

  • EugeneGraner

    Heidi fails to understand the success of
    Two-face “Team Dakota” before the new media.

    You have to say one thing here and do another
    in Washington DC. Not both here.

  • VocalYokel

    Obama may have failed, but at least he was an “awesome” failure.

    • Econwarrior

      Don’t you mean “unprecedented”?

      • VocalYokel

         Just trying to make Heidi feel better.

  • Guest1

    If Heidi was so fooled as to say that Obama was going to be that awesome, how can we trust her judgement on other things. How can we trust her?

    We can’t. 

    That’s my issue with this. Trust.

  • Game

    Just because she does not think that Obama has succeeded in being “awesome” does not mean that she would rather have Mitt Romney in office. Why is that so hard for you on the right to understand?

    Obama may have failed to unite the country, but Romney is not the person going to do that. Nobody knows what Romney is going to do, his position on everything changes to much.

    • Rob

      I guess a lot of us aren’t finding Heidi’s election year conversion to skepticism of Obama all that convincing.

      I’m not saying she has to be a Romney supporter.  I just don’t buy this distance she’s trying to put between herself and Obama.

  • Goon

    I can’t wait to vote against Heidi again, the woman is so flawed and wrong for North Dakota, we all know she is a cheer leader for Obumble… Heidi is fooling no one.  

  • Hal491

    So “that woman” (as Bill Clinton would say) says Obama has failed to unite Americans while accusing her opponent of attacking women.  She appears desperate and it seems that she can’t even keep her thought process on track.

    • $8194357

      Maybe she should go back to to flipping the road work
      sign from stop to slow?

      • Camsaure

        Oh, is that what she did? I thought she may have been a bulldozer.

        • $8194357

          I don’t know for sure…

          Just way back in the day there was a red head standing on the road stopping traffic with her sign?

          Just sayin…

          She had red hair and like to boss folks around..
          Stop..Go slow…No stop…

        • two_amber_lamps

          She certainly has a face like a bulldozer blade…  

  • sbark

    How can she say that………Obama didnt Unite the USA…???

    …..I mean—hey he had a “beer summit”……thats on par with Clinton and Carter in recent Dem’cat history…..

    Carter “united” the people so that Reagan garnered some 60 percent of the vote—how much better can that be……when is the last time the people agree to that extent?

    oh ya….31 out of 31 states against Gay Marriage govt intervention……100%

    The only uniteing Clinton did was in the Oval office closet …….but it was as entertaining as a beer summit.

  • Harold

    In a recording I heard recently made by the man who interviewed Rev. Jerimiah Wright for the book on Obama.  Obama told Wright his only probably was he had to tell the truth.  Well Heidi do you need to tell the truth?

  • Nakedearsweretortured

    Obama was the best thing that could happen to GW Bush personally.  Because of Obama, now GW is the 2nd worst Pres of all time, not the #1 spot that he briefly held.

    • tomorrowclear

      Please tell me the other presidents at the bottom and then explain specifically what Obama has done to render him worst. Continuing Dubya’s foreign policies? Keeping marginal income tax rates at low levels? Keeping private insurance companies at the center of our health care system? 

      This guy makes Nixon and Reagan seem like pinkos. Can you imagine if Barry proposed the negative income tax? Or if he created a terrorist organization like the EPA?  Or if Obama raised taxes as many times as Da Gipper? Or if he pulled the Marines out of Beirut like that old cut and runner, Da Gipper, again? Or if Barry had created the first new entitlement in forty years, and then traveled the country begging seniors to sign up, like Dubs? I recall quite vividly the dead silence from you small government warriors on that one.

      Now, in the face of past presidents like FDR, LBJ, Nixon, Reagan and Dubs, you’ll have to try harder.

      • tomorrowclear

        Yep, as I expected, nothing.

  • angelina


  • cylde

    What could have made her believe that he wanted to bring us together? Everything he has done in his whole political career was divisive and based on socialist class warfare. The only time he was ambiguous was in his vapid generalizing campaign  speeches.

  • $141015

    If she doesn’t like Obama, she can endorse Romney.

  • Guest

    Heitkamp’s repudiation of Obama must surely hurt her national fundraising. (Except for the trial lawyers, who are just as cynical as she is.) Here’s Charlie Pierce at the Esquire blog, a smug, Boston leftie who’s on NPR’s “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me.”
    Hiring a Clown for Your Party By Charles P. Pierce at 11:41AM
    What say the Democrats all get together in a big room and declare, “Screw it. Let those maniacs ruin the country. We’ve got ours, Jack,” and then embark in a big old container ship for the Outer Hebrides? Surely, it would be far less painful than watching this incredible passel of self-destructive incompetents try to deal with an insane, but highly unified, political opposition.The latest Democratic candidate to don The Sorting Hat and be designated for Idiot House is Heidi Heitkamp, who is perhaps the single dumbest alliteration I’ve ever heard of. In her quest to become the Joe Lieberman of the upper tundra, Heidi has decided to “distance” herself from the president, and to do so by repeating the single most brainless trope of the campaign….
    Read more:
    Lots of N.D.-bashing in comments.

  • melissapaulik

    “Failed to unite” is hardly throwing Obama under the bus. It’s like one of those lame answers you give an interviewer who says, “Tell me about your weaknesses.” She’s going to have to put a little arm into it to create any distance between herself and Obama’s disasterous regime.