North Dakota’s Delegation Should Demand Bi-Partisan Leadership Change In Congress


This arrived in my inbox from a reader this morning:

When our congressional delegation gets to Washington this is what I would like to see.

I would like to see Sen. Hoeven, Sen.-elect Heitkamp and Rep-elect Cramer, to all stand together and announce that they are willing to work in a true bi-partisanship way. Then all three ask their fellow members of Congress to select a NEW Majority Leader of the Senate and a NEW Speaker of the House. This way the new congress will be starting from the same starting points and the stonewalls that have been in the way of solving our problems here at home and in congress will be out of the way.

This would demonstrate to us here at home that Heidi, John and Kevin truly are going to Washington with NoDak values and work ethics; that they are willing to work across the aisle to get things done.

It has to start somewhere, and hopefully they will have our neighboring states members also standing on the steps with them.

We know that both parties and the papers read the SAB, so let’s get the ball rolling.

I think sometimes we tend to fetishize “bipartisanship” and “reaching across the aisle,” as if the act in and of itself were a good thing. Bipartisanship in pursuit of bad policy is hardly a virtue, I think.

That said, I’m all for new leadership in Congress on both sides in the aisle. We couldn’t possibly do any worse.

Will it happen? Probably not. Heitkamp, especially, isn’t going to turn her back on Reid after he funneled millions into North Dakota to get her elected.

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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  • Game

    I don’t think Cramer has enough power as a first term congressman, however, I think the Senate may be a better possibility. I would be willing to push aside Harry Ried in order to bring sacrifice Mitch McConnell any day. MCConnell tried his best to ensure that Obama was a one term President, and even though he took the country to the edge of collapse to do it, he failed. We need to get a Senator who can put country first. I would say somebody like Tom Coburn. Colburn is a hard core conservative, however, he does not want to serve after 2016 so he does not have to worry about being “teabagged” if he does something to tick of the extreme right.

    I would replace Ried with Dick Durbin. That would put two members and supporters of Simpson-Bowles in leadership roles.

    • Kidtransport

      Rob, I think that is a great idea.

      Game, you use the work “teabagged”. You are being as offensive with that word as “nigger” is to the black community. Grow up.

      • Game

        You know, I am a person that in general enjoys political disagreement, but every once in a while, somebody like you comes along and makes a statement that is so stupid that I have no choice but to call it out.

        First off, the term “tea bag” was first used by members of the Tea Party themselves when on tax day in 2009 when the sent tea bags to members of congress and the President. The talking point was “Tea Bag the Fools in D.C.” . Look it up on the crazy thing they call “google”.

        So it is their term, and I am embracing it.

        Second, to compare the term the anti-tax folks gave to themselves (admittedly, I don’t think they knew of the double meaning) to a term that has been used by people with extreme hatred towards their fellow man is ridiculous. It amazes me how much so many people in our country have pretended every type of mocking and ridicule is equal. Nobody in the Tea Party movement has ever been lynched because they don’t like Obamacare. Nobody in the Tea Party has ever been forced to pay a poll tax because they think a 38% tax system is “socialism”. Nobody in the Tea Party has been judged to be sub-human because of their DNA.

        Words have real meaning Kidtransport, and you are a compare a term of hate to a term of good natured ridicule, and pretend that somehow the two words are equal, you are an idiot.

        But keep up the good work on your part, because if we have learned anything from this election, it is that your parties lack of understanding, compassion, and knowledge of minorities and general xenophobia
        is the key to ensuring that your party never gets back into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

        • Kim Watson

          “your parties lack of understanding, compassion, and knowledge of minorities and general xenophobia”

          Way to be bipartisan. *golf clap*

          • Phil Gay

            We need more Carrington values.

        • Rob

          So its OK for you to insult people, but not others?

          I don’t know that “tea bagger” rises to the same level of a slur as the n-word, but common. Don’t come here and throw around insults and then act all indignant when you get them back.

          • Game

            I was not insulted personally in his post. I am insulted and called names all the time on this blog, and really don’t care. I am called a communist, socialist, freeloader and blah blah blah… You know what, none of those terms begin to raise to the level of the n-word either, and how stupid would it be if I tried to make that comparison?

            I acted all indignantly because of the absolute ignorance behind that one comparison. It was stupid and it needed to be called out.

          • Rob

            Hey, I get insulted here all the time too.

            People get passionate about this stuff. But if you want to persuade people, calling them “tea bagger” might not be the way to do it, no?

            Unless you’re just here to troll.

          • Game

            That is fair enough. For clarification, I did not call anybody a “teabagger” I said that Coulbrun would not have to worry about being “teabagged”. What I was referring to was that he did not have to worry about somebody like Richard Murdock coming after him from the right when he was attempting to run fro re-election, because he is not planning on running for reelection. I really did not think that “tea partied” had the same effect.
            However, for the purpose of being a bigger man, I will apologize for my use the term and in the future, I will use other terms when making my point.
            However, I will never concede the point that it is comparable to the n-word.

        • DarkDrow1

          Your argument goes both ways ‘Game’. Ever listen to rap music? Or a convo at the local barber shop? Your piety is hypocritical Sir…..

          • Game

            I listen to a lot of rap music. It does exist, however, more recent music has less than say 20 years ago.

            Ironically, last time I went to a barber shop I did here the n-word. Remember, however, I live in North Dakota, and it was a 60 year old white dude who was using the word to refer to our President.

  • NDSiouxFan

    Good idea. I would give up one McConnell and one Boener to get rid of Pelosi and Reid any day.

  • Richard R Solberg

    Reid is the one most in need to go , Senate hasn’t passed a budjet in 3 years under his sorry ass .

    • ‘Tom Crawford

      I will be surprised if a budget gets passed until republicans take back over.

  • dfm

    If Reid was to go, it would probably be Schumer as leader. I don’t think my friends on the right would like that too much. Best to stay as is.

    As for McConnell, he might survive, but I suspect he will be booted …. you can only keep losing seats so many times before you are discarded (and is 2010/12 enough). By all accounts, in two cycles the GOP left 5 very winnable seats in D hands (MO, IN, NV, CO, DE). If he was a baseball manager, McConnell would be gone.

    • BadgerFan82

      While I agree with the post (all four really ought to go), I don’t think you can blame McConnel for MO and IN. Referring to “rape” in anything other than the most empathetic terms is political suicide, and representatives of the GOP were doing it both nationally and at the state level. They also lost an assembly seat in WI that should have been easily winnable when their candidate talked about how “some girls just rape easy”.

  • borborygmi

    As 7.62 puts it X10