North Dakota Democrats Try To Send Video Of Heidi Heitkamp Praising Obama Down The Memory Hole

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At the 2008 Democrat National Convention, Chad Nodland (who is one of the state party’s national committeeman) took video of Heidi Heitkamp and her brother Joel Heitkamp praising President Obama. Heitkamp, specifically, said that President Obama was “going to be amazing,” which obviously clashes with Heitkamp’s efforts to distance herself from Obama and her national party this election cycle.

Republicans have been citing the video regularly, and now Nodland has pulled it from YouTube (where he originally uploaded it) allegedly for copyright violations.

…Nodland told The Daily Caller on Tuesday that he asked YouTube to remove the video solely because someone else uploaded his “copyrighted work… without permission.”

“If and when I catch people using any of my original material — pictures, video or otherwise — without first at least negotiating a price or asking for permission, whether they use them for their own use on YouTube or elsewhere, I will take any and all action to protect copyrighted material I own,” he said in an email.

This is a hilarious bit of lying. When Heitkamp first got into the race Republicans linked to Nodland’s copy of the video on his YouTube channel. I emailed the NDGOP and told them that if they wanted the video to be available throughout the election cycle they may want to save a copy of it for themselves because Nodland was likely to pull it.

They did, uploading the video to their own account, and sure enough Nodland pulled not only his copy but got the NDGOP’s copy pulled as well (here is where it was).

Of course, that won’t stop the NDGOP and others from using the video under fair use laws. The NRSC’s copy of the video is still on YouTube as of right now:

This is about as idiotic and tone-deaf a move as he could have made. He’s not helping Heitkamp with this. Her support for Obama was inconvenient enough, but attempts to expunge the record of that support and mislead voters is even worse. The only thing worse for Heidi Heitkamp than her vocal support for President Obama is the perception of her trying to mislead voters about that support.

Update: Apparently Nodland has gotten the NRSC’s version of the video embedded above pulled too, so they’ve started using another service.

I think he’ll have to sue the NRSC to get them to pull that one down. Which I really, really hope he does for the entertainment value if nothing else.

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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  • Guest

    So when you go to vote this fall for your next US Senator, just remember this…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA3X2Z82fIA 

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    Noodlehead’s not the smartest cookie in the shed.  

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I can’t imagine that the Heitkamp campaign ok’d this. They couldn’t possibly be that dense, can they?

  • Bat One

    Rob,  First it was the chair that was obviously overtaxed.  Now its a hallway that’s only wide enough for two normal-sized people.  Aren’t there some pictures available that don’t make the woman look like a bulldozer?

    • $8194357

      (the chair that was obviously overtaxed)

      Subsidzed I’m sure….

    • oh_fishsticks

      You mean like Rob looks like a bulldozer in the ad that pops up when I come to this site?

  • two_amber_lamps

    Heitkamp, specifically, said that President Obama was “going to be amazing,”

    Why would they attempt to expunge their laurels and homage paid to Comrade Obama?  He certainly has been amazing…   an amazing failure.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Heitkamp wants to campaign as a Republican now. She can’t be herself, and must have all evidence of her sincere past statements expunged from the internet.

    • opinionated

      Exactly.. just because they have amnesia does not mean the voters will

    • oh_fishsticks

      If you think Obama is socialist, maybe you should go back and take another swing at high school.

      • Camsaure

        Uh, just what exactly do you think he is then? Truthfully now, please tell us.

        • oh_fishsticks

          ha–slightly less capitalist than most republicans.

      • Econwarrior

        True; he’s actually a fascist.  Govt control of the means of production.  He has already taken over a big chunk of the private sector, and we’re in a protracted economic downturn.  Cause and effect.

  • Demosthenes

     On a side note…. following the law is good idea. YouTube will fold and so will SAB on any requests where copy right infringement is proven. Rob does it even if he is kicking and screaming about it, he still does it.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Legally, sure. If he took the video it’s his, but he’s the one who put it on the internet in the first place and because there is news value here certain fair use provisions kick in.

      I’m not sure Nodland has a case.

      But setting that aside, the politics are terrible. This is historical revisionism. Heitkamp wants to pretend like she never said these things about Obama. That’s some Soviet-level dishonesty.

      • Demosthenes

         I agree, “Politics are terrible” and broken beyond repair.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Candidates who try to pretend like they never said the things they said are part of the problem.

        • $8194357

          So is the leftist propaganda spin on all of it…

      • $8194357

        Or as uncle Walter would have said:
        And thats the way it is…..

        All of our version of whats fit to print or broadcast from our leftist ideolgy and point of view anyway…..
        .
        Never mind it tilts internationalist progressive left at a very sharp angle..

  • Guest

    Robert Conquest, “Inside Stalin’s Darkroom”:  http://www.hoover.org/publications/hoover-digest/article/7288

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Exactly the illusion I was thinking of.

    • $8194357

      Very interestin link..Funny how that kind of stuff works…

  • $8194357

    Heidi’s Watergate moment…
    The cover up is always worse than the crime itself..

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

       That’s a good point.  I wouldn’t hold it against someone for being excited about their candidate in 2008.  Why would they want to cover it up? 

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        A better tact, rather than to destroy the evidence, would be to just say that Obama hasn’t lived up to her expectations or something.

        Don’t pretend voters are stupid and try to hide things.

        • $8194357

          Good point.

  • headward

    I thought liberals were all about being transparent.

    • ellinas1

      You thought wrong.
      Stop thinking about liberals, it is not your forte. 

    • Bat One

      They’re not interested in being transparent.  They just want everyone to believe they are.

    • $8194357

      Only for conservitives…
      Investigative reporting on leftist would slow the march to utopia, no?

    • Camsaure

      They are, if you look in one ear you can see out the other.

  • Jay

    Bets on how many left North Dakotans commit mass suicide after Berg trounces Heitkamp in November?

    Where’s Dakotacyr to say, “You’re lying, Rob!”?

    • $8194357

      Suckin down his kool aid somewhere…
      He will be here tho ya can count on his personal attack line of B/S..

  • Guest

    The copy posted on the Daily Caller is still there; it’s not like this video went the way of the dodo bird (ooh hey- a pun!).  Is it really that sought after, or are you just making the point about Noodlehead pulling the “official” copy?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      You might check the Daily Caller version again. That’s the one embedded above, and it’s not working.

      Nodland is going after every copy he can find because he wants to hide it.

      • RCND

        So we get a bunch of pages to keep posting it… sit back, grab a snack, and watch him go ape$hit trying to find out who has it now and shut them down. When one gets shut down, it goes to another site. Same process… but it won’t get boring to watch; only funnier each time

        • Camsaure

          He will look like he is playing “whack a mole”. LOL

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I think you make a good point, though. In the age of the internet, these sort of things don’t disappear. Nodland is pretty foolish in thinking he can get rid of it.

      • Guest

        Well, as of the time stamp of this posting, DC’s copy is working fine, just a little slow to load.  Better capture it while you can! (I would but I don’t know how.)
         
        In any event, I think we can rest assured that despite Nodland’s futile efforts, he will never succeed in stifling the vid’s spread.
         
        Isn’t it funny (in a pathetic way) that we’re speaking of this video like it’s the missing proof of the Kennedy cassassination conspiracy?  It’s really just a couple windbags filling a hallway full of verbal methane.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Not only will he not succeed in stifling it, hes calling more attention to it then it ever got before.

  • Bat One

    As the campaign toward November progresses, it will be interesting to see how many Democrat candidates in other states try to free themselves from Obama albatross.  Obviously Heitkamp is going to a great deal of effort to distance herself from the top of her party’s ticket.  As I recall, much the same thing happened in 1980.

  • Another Guest

    Chad responds by saying that he pulled a lot of his other videos along with this one, as if it were some routine “scrubbing” he does of his media that’s been circulated.  Smells like feces to me.  From my vantage point, the only way he could pull the Heitkamp video was to pull them all, so as to avoid looking conspicuous.  Was that a vehicle backfiring I just heard in the background?  Or just a left-wing Bismarck attorney groaning in misery?  Massive fail!

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      It is about the most idiotic, ham-handed political move i’ve ever seen.

  • opinionated

    I watched the clip… I remember it happenning and I will never forget no matter what they do…. These people are so desperate is makes me sick

  • Ratbite

    Berg-Heitkamp?? I see little difference other than sex & hair color.

    • Bat One

      Berg is a lot less likely to clog up the hallway.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Then you’re just being silly. There its s lot of difference between Berg and Heitkamp.

  • http://patenttrademarklitigation.com/ Copyright Infringement

    The Democratic National Convention is a series of presidential nominating conventions held every four years since 1832 by the United States Democratic Party.[1] They have been administered by the Democratic National Committee since the 1852 national convention. The primary goal of the Democratic National Convention is to nominate and confirm a candidate for President and Vice President, adopt a comprehensive party platform and unify the party.

    • Guest

      Good counterpoint.  I don’t fault anyone from any party for supporting their party’s nominated horse.  In this case, though, it’s just proof that crap often comes back to bite you in the buttocks.

  • cherz1967

    Boy they sure don’t miss many meals do they.

    • Gern Blanston

      That’s not nice.  Of course, it never stops Dems’ with regards to Limbaugh…

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