Heidi Heitkamp Caught Not Standing Up To Obama Again


After a campaign for the US Senate in which she ran long and hard against President Obama and her national party, Heidi Heitkamp isn’t spending a lot of time following through on some of the promises she made.

As the Obama administration moves to downsize America’s nuclear weapons arsenal, Heitkamp (who counted a group of anti-nuclear activists among her biggest campaigns supporters) has remained mostly silent. That despite promising to be an ardent supporter of the nation’s nuclear mission.

On the Keystone pipeline, too, Heitkamp has paid lip service to being a supporter of building the pipeline. Yet, as the Obama administration continues to stall, Heitkamp is AWOL from efforts in the US Senate to pressure the President into approval. Heitkamp’s North Dakota colleague, Senator John Hoeven, sent out a press release today detailing a bipartisan list of Senators urging President Obama to support the Keystone pipeline.

See if you can spot Heitkamp’s name on the list:

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven and a bipartisan group of seven senators Thursday held a colloquy, or discussion, on the U.S. Senate floor to underscore the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline project for the nation.

One by one, both Republicans and Democrats made common cause, urging the Obama Administration to approve the long-delayed project, saying it will create jobs, boost the nation’s economy and help advance the country toward true energy security.

In addition to Hoeven, also participating in the floor discussion were Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) sent on a statement of support, which Hoeven read into the record.

Here’s the video of Hoeven’s colloquy with Heitkamp nowhere to be seen.

I’m starting to get the feeling that the whole “I’ll stand up to Barack Obama” thing was just a campaign ruse aimed at pandering to Republican North Dakota voters. Anyone else remember this flyer Heitkamp sent out in the late days of her campaign (click for a larger view)?


Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. 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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  • Yogibare

    Did anyone really believe Heidi was going to stand up to Obama or Reid or Pelosi?
    Her whole campaign was a “wink wink–nudge nudge” The last laugh is on the Republicans who stayed home or did not vote for Rick Berg. We deserve what we got.

    • two_amber_lamps

      My guess is some of the sluggards who voted for the Bulldog thought she was some kind of independent…



    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

      Nope, not all, but of course there were a few people that were fooled into believing that she was a conservative.

  • DelawareBeachHouse

    Council for a Livable World also endorses Markey for Massachusetts Senator, Chuck Hagel for DefSec.

  • Camburn

    Senator Heitkamp is on the public record supporting Keystone XL.


    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Well sure, she pays it lip service, she’s just not actually doing anything about it.

      • Camburn

        Rob: http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/278929-freshman-dem-senators-quickly-join-keystone-pipeline-push

        What more could she be doing? Her public position is well known.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          I don’t know, maybe participating in floor discussions set up by her colleague?

          Heitkamp didn’t have any problem blaming Rick Berg over the farm bill despite his having done everything a single house member could do.

          Heitkamp isn’t even doing the minimum on Keystone.

      • Camburn

        Let’s save the criticism for something she does that we know is wrong, instead of inferring something that her public comments, signature etc show she supports.

        • Opinion8ed

          Joel is this you again?

          • Camburn

            Better not be Joel.

          • Guest Observer

            Probably the Mighty “Quinn”.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          I think we can infer a lot from what she doesn’t do.

          What she doesn’t do can be as important as what she does.

      • SusanBeehler

        A press release is doing something?

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Bringing together a bi-partisan group of Senators to demand Obama move forward on the issue on the floor of the Senate is doing something, yes.

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

      Yeah, sure she is, lets she her put her money were her mouth is… She won’t do it. She won’t throw her dear leader under the bus.

  • joe mauer

    156 Inside joke that Rob, two-dim-lights, and I get. HAHAHAHA

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob


    • two_amber_lamps

      157 utterances of a low grade moron Joe?


  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    I’m sure she counting on the Forum properties covering for her like they did for Conradwide and Dorganoff.

  • matthew_bosch

    Shocking. Still don’t understand ticket splitting.

  • Roy_Bean

    “I’m starting to get the feeling that the whole “I’ll stand up to Barack Obama” thing was just a campaign ruse aimed at pandering to Republican North Dakota voters.”

    If you are just starting to get that feeling now, I have an investment opportunity for you. There’s this bridge out in Brooklyn….

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

      Heidi is lock step all in for Obama.

  • Opinion8ed

    It must be tough finding time for the people’s work while looking for flannel shirts and office decorators

  • Anti-NCAA

    Rob, could you keep track of these so they can document a chronological example when November 2018 rolls around?

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

      I would be willing to bet that Rob will have it laid out, line by line.

  • Patrick R. Pfeiffer

    Now wait…you’re inferring that Hedi said ONE thing to get elected; but then will behave a DIFFERENT WAY in Washington?
    Ha ha Rob you silly Goose no politican in their right mind would possibly think they could get away from that in an informed state like ND? Ha ha ha.
    Not for a whole 6 year Senate term! Definitely not for a 30+ career!

  • PK

    Do you have a top secret classification Rob? If not, you can’t really say if we do or don’t need 5000 nuclear weapons. How can you be in favor of having a certain amount of nukes for national security, while having no idea what is actually necessary for national security? Ever think that 70 year old technology may be obsolete?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      This is the appeal to authority fallacy. I’m not a defense expert, so I can’t have an opinion?

      Fine, I’ll turn the tables on you. You’re not an expert, how do you know we don’t have them?

      • PK

        Well exactly. I didn’t say you couldn’t have an opinion, just that it’s not going to be a good one if you don’t have a top secret classification and know what weapon systems are out there, therefore it’s not fair to criticize others for remaining silent on the issue. That’s my only point. I’m not agreeing or disagreeing with your want to have a large arsenal, because i don’t know one way or the other, but it’s very likely we, and other superpowers, have directed energy missile shields and space-based weapon systems that would make nuclear warheads with ICBM delivery systems obsolete. If we don’t need them, why pay to maintain them? That’s conservative isn’t it?

  • chadb

    In the photo she looks like she has a bit of a black eye. Obama probably punched her when she stood up to him. She now knows her place.

  • yy4u2

    Color me and everyone else that didn’t vote for her surprised.

  • jimmypop

    if voters are (and they were) that stupid, we get what we got. worse, shes probably got that seat until she dies.

  • sbark

    Contrast her non-actions with Texas Senator Cruz……….who is on a crusade.
    I guess Heidi, as a rookie Senator——just knows her place better than Cruz.