The Watchword For North Dakota Democrats Is “Extreme”

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A reader emailed this to me last night regarding a telephone fundraising pitch she received on behalf of the North Dakota Democrat party:

Hi Rob,

Received an out of state call (MN, I believe) from a firm fundraising for the ND Dems. Not news, I suppose, but the call itself is pretty sad and outrageous.

The woman on the other end was hard to understand because she mumbled her script in a monotone voice the entire time. “The Republicans passed the most radical anti-woman legislation in the country. They gave big tax breaks to oil companies and refused to fund children’s programs like Head Start.”

Nothing new, but the sheer hyperbole involved in the vocabulary and tone of the script would have made me extremely mad in any other circumstances. Delivered by someone reading the phone book or a grocery list to me, it was merely annoying.

Then was the kicker: The party needs money to (whatever, hard to understand). Would I like to pledge $100?

A hundred bucks? For WHAT? If I *were* a rabid Democrat, I’d be a) hard-pressed to be asked for $100 right off the bat, and b) hesitant to give a dime to this half-hearted attempt to raise my hackles and stir the pot.

I ended the call by telling her no, I didn’t believe a single word she’d said, I’m a libertarian, not a Republican, I follow the news and paid attention to the Legislature and nothing she said was true. Meh.

I’m just astounded at the absolutely inept BALLS this political organization has. Apparently they simply need to repeat the words “Republican” “Radical” “Women” “Oil” “Children” and forget about anything in between, and they expect Democrats to simply open their veins and pay them a week’s worth of grocery money because they asked for it.

I’ve been noticing North Dakota Democrats taking on a more strident tone of late. A quick search of my archived emails shows they used the word “extreme” or some variation to describe Republicans or Republican policies some 62 times in email blasts during the legislative session.

I thought it was interesting when, earlier this year, North Dakota Democrats adopted an official resolution claiming that women were in “emergent danger” in North Dakota simply because they’re women:

North Dakota Republicans have denied and turned their backs on the emergent danger women face by simply being women in this state

This thoroughly marginalized party obviously intends to pave a path out of the political wilderness on the back of hatred, intolerance and victimhood.

And the state’s editorialists, normally quick to lecture about civility and bipartisanship, will be largely silent about 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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  • Say It

    The country has been circling the drain, thanks to all the Democrats that we already have (Obama, Pelosi, etc.).
    Having more Democrats, is like Custer calling for more Indians to the battlefield.

  • WOOF

    A sincere apology to any whose feelings may have been hurt.
    Send your hundreds to the anonymous callers representing police,
    fallen heroes and the widow of the unknown soldier.

    D’s love extreme R’s and are hoping the 2014 ballots contains as many
    Freedomvolks, teatard, Blazer candidates as can be gathered.

    • Prairiemom3

      And of course labels like “teatard” etc don’t reflect any extremism on your part, do they?

      • WOOF

        They are the fringe.

        • Prairiemom3

          And therefore deserving your contempt. And we can just take it on faith that your judgement is the epitome moderation?

          • $8194357

            woof is a legend in his own mind like most liberals.

        • Thresherman

          The Tea Party is fringe and Occupy Wall Street is mainstream, that sums up the perverted mindset of the American left.

  • $8194357

    (This thoroughly marginalized party obviously intends to pave a path out of the political wilderness on the back of hatred, intolerance and victimhood.)
    What ya think the NPL stands for?
    communist non partisian league…
    They owned both parties back in the early 20th century.
    So what is new about that?
    Its what the Frankfort School Marxist taught em to do way back in the 30’s…
    Marxist social justice victimhood critical theory applied to the
    Judeo/Christian rule of law culture.
    Lucifer taught it to the Illuminati, who had marx,document it in the communist manifesto where it was taught to Alinsky who radicalized and codified it to mainstream DNC…Been workin for em for close to 100 years now, huh.

    • Clairvoyant

      The libby Christ pipes in. You guys got your Socialist dress code yet?

      • $8194357

        Good day Ms. Clair….
        I see ya are still the leftard with the false equivalence
        manufactured fool tool arguments…
        How things in your world today?

  • camsaure

    At least the ND democrats are more honest about their extremism(which they are very extreme) unlike the RINOs in the ND legislature hiding behind the R after their name.

    • Rob

      You’re right.

      I think a 62% increase in state spending is the very definition of extreme.

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  • sbark

    Thats what I dont get about the NDak GOP. I can see many districts at the Fed level, where a GOP has to follow the DNC into the govt “free stuff” hole to even compete with the low info voters that predominate dem’cat precints………

    but in N.Dak, its not like the GOP has to compete with the dem’cats in give away programs to get elected………..and yet they take the easiest route, the route that requires no real long term thought and just spend………..

    If they want to be perceived as “compassionate”…why didnt they blow a few million on the milk issue………spending a few billion on more Higher ed bldgs isnt gonna give the impression of compasionate at all…….

    Compasionate would be the abolition of property tax’s……and a move back to private property that is a foundation of our countries progress……But govt is govt

  • Dallas

    Sounds to me she had it about right. Obviously couldn’t read but she didn’t say anything the wasn’t true. Bette, Margaret, Roscoe, Al really are radical nut jobs.

  • melissapaulik

    Something tells me they won’t be very successful playing using the emergent danger argument. (What the heck does that mean anyway?) The ND women I know may be quite traditional, but they are some of the strongest people I know. Of course, I generally only hang around libertarians and Republicans, so maybe my view is biased. Perhaps there are some weak-kneed liberals out there still dreaming about the 60s.

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  • Vugg

    if dems are so smart, how come so many blue states are bankrupt ? hard to believe especially with the Smartest Man Ever in charge and the Smartest Woman Ever waiting anxiously in the wings for her chance to be our next Dear Leader.

  • DelawareBeachHouse

    Oh, “extremist” is a trope that goes back to President Bill Clinton, when he was attempting to link every conservative to Timothy McVeigh and the militia. Ugly and cynical back then and still is today.