Kent Conrad Is “The King Of Legislative Vaporware”
[Kent Conrad is] the king of legislative vaporware, constantly signaling that he’s about to release some big plan than never seems to make it out the door so that it can actually be discussed in the light of day,” writes Nick Gillespie at Reason noting that Conrad is being something less-than-honest about his push to pass a bi-partisan budget.

“I’m not interested in furthering the political divide,” Conrad told Politico. “I am focused on getting a positive result for the American people. And I believe the best way to do that is to start in the middle with a plan that already has strong bipartisan support both in Congress and across the nation.”

So what did Senator Conrad introduce in his Senate Budget committee? The Simpson-Bowles budget plan. The thing is, that plan has already been voted on in the House and it failed by a wide, bi-partisan margin of 382 against and 38 for.

“If someone as vaunted and powerful and super-duper as Kent Conrad (so say all his press clippings) can’t push his party to slug out their vision of how much the feds should spend and tax in a given year, Congress doesn’t deserve any respect,” writes Gillespie.

I’ve been saying for a while that America’s budgeting process will be better for having Kent Conrad removed from it.

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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  • Jay

    The United States Senate would have been better without Conrad in the Senate since 1987. Too bad North Dakotans didn’t realize that.

  • opinionated

    They were too busy thanking him for the reservation money and the air bases

  • The Whistler

    It was pretty hard for people that only followed politics casually to know what a fraud Conrad is.  I’m pretty sure that it’s not a coincidence that Conrad’s bailing now that there is an alternative media in the state.  

  • Randy G

    North Dakota will be a better place, when Conrad moves into his beach house…In Delaware!

  • Bat One

    It is simply beyond comprehension why anyone pays any attention to anything Kent Conrad says.  Calling his pronouncements “vaporware” is an act of unwarranted kindness.