Heidi Heitkamp’s Local Campaign Narrative Doesn’t Match Her National Narrative

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Liberal Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp was on the Ed Schultz Show last night on MSNBC so that they could run through her campaign’s latest talking points.  But something was interesting about the tone of the interview.  According to Schultz, Heitkamp has been “helped” by President Obama’s policies. He even suggested that a Republican ad juxtaposing Heitkamp and Obama was actually helping her out (a suggestion that leaves Heitkamp a little flustered in the video after he mentions it).  And yet, during the recent debate between Heitkamp and Republican Rick Berg (a debate from which Schultz shared footage) Heitkamp ran about as far from President Obama as she could.

Here’s the MSNBC video:

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If you listen to the full debate audio (available here) you’ll hear Heitkamp say (when she’s not doing her best Sarah Palin impression) that when she looks in the mirror in the morning she doesn’t see a “tall, African American skinny man.”  

Her intent with that awkward phrasing was to suggest that she’s not Barack Obama.

Yet Schultz claims Heitkamp is succeeding in North Dakota because she’s allied herself with Obama.  That might be a nice narrative for an MSNBC broadcast, but the reality on the ground here in North Dakota is that Heitkamp is performing well thanks to her success in running away from President Obama and telling the media she styles herself as an “independent” rather than a Democrat.

Of course, when you’re appearing on a liberal cable network appealing to a national liberal audience in the hope that they’ll pour national liberal money into your campaign coffers a candidate like Heitkamp can’t just admit she’s been spending the entire election season trying to depend like she’s not a Democrat.

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. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • VocalYokel

    Byron and Gaylord perfected this ruse years ago.
    Slap on flannel shirts and jeans, talk populist to the rubes in ND, and then go vote ‘progressive’ in D.C.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      That’s exactly the sort of campaign Heitkamp is running. When she has campaigned nationally she’s fundraised with pro-abortion and far-left groups, but here in North Dakota she pretends as though she were a Republican.

      • Roy_Bean

        She’s a lawyer. Lawyers have to be able to represent the position of their client even when they don’t agree with that position. She just has to get into lawyer mode and pretend her client is a conservative North Dakotan and she’s set to go.

  • Harold

    Heidi’s got to be a conservative at home or at least appear to be one, and once she’s elected then she can become a uber liberal that she is already, no more academy award performances will be needed if were dumb enough to elect here this election cycle.

  • steve

    she was on her brother’s radio show again, she gets a 4 hour commercial everyday as people call in and say how great she is.

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