After Voting With Him 97% Of The Time, Heidi Heitkamp Helps Other Democrats Campaign Against Obama


You really have to admire the chutzpah.

In her 2012 campaign, Senator Heidi Heitkamp worked long and hard to brand herself not as a liberal Democrat, but as an “independent” who would “stand up” to President Barack Obama. Such rhetoric was necessary in a state where Obama lost by more than 20 points, and Heitkamp herself won by just a few thousand votes. It’s hard to imagine Heitkamp being in the US Senate now had she not campaigned so hard against Obama.

But she did, and she won, and then spent her first year in the US Senate voting with President Barack Obama 97 percent of the time according to an analysis by Congressional Quarterly.

That’s quite an about face.

Compounding that hypocrisy is the fact that Senator Heitkamp, standing on her own anti-Obama campaign record, is setting out to help other Democrats campaign against Obama.

Obama lost all of West Virginia’s 55 counties in 2012 and won just 35.5 percent of the vote statewide. West Virginians take the administration’s proposed pollution rules on coal-fired plants, among other regulations, as an affront to the coal industry, an economic driver here that is perhaps even more important to the state’s cultural identity.

Tennant, the 46-year-old secretary of state, tailors her message accordingly. “This is about an opportunity for me to show that West Virginia is first and foremost to me,” Tennant told The Associated Press. “I’ll stand up to the president when it comes to coal, when it comes to his job-killing EPA regulations.”

She recently campaigned with North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a former private-sector energy executive who won her Senate seat in 2012 railing against the Obama administration’s energy policy, even as the president lost her state by 20 percentage points.

Given Heitkmp’s hypocrisy – railing against Obama’s policies only to snuggle up to his agenda once in the Senate – you sort of have to wonder about the candidates she’s supporting.

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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  • Roy_Bean

    Democrat is as democrat does.

  • Ratbite

    Is that a surprise?? She’s your typical Marxist Democrat that LIES. Most of the Marxist Democrats would not know the truth if it bit them in the gluteus. As far as they’re concerned the end justifies the means cuz they are far superior to those North Dakota hicks that she fails to represent.

    • Guest

      Can you point me in the direction of a non-Marxist Democrat? I have a feeling there is no such thing in your little Alex Jones world. If you believe Marxist and Democrat mean the same thing, why are you using redundancies in your post. I’d guess you’re just quite dim.

      • Onslaught1066

        We still use the word idiot when talking about you even though we mention you by name, gusty.

        Redundancies are a fact of life.

        get over it.

        • HomeSchooledMoronOnslaught

          You’re an idiot. Get over yourself. Do you have any friends at all?

          And seriously… WTF is Gusty? You seem to think all of your imaginary friends are named Gusty. Is that someone who hurt your feelings on this blog from years back or something. You seriously need to get out of your mom’s basement every once in a while gusty, you Marxist, Stalinist, Leninist, Gorbachevist, Yeltzinist, Putinist, Liberal, Democrat Progressive.

          • Onslaught1066

            Who needs friends when I have you to kick around?

            Sorry gusty, you’re stuck with that moniker til you get a proper handle.

            Speaking of basements, does boob let you watch while he “pays” his rent to mommy, or do you just hide in the closet with a camcorder?

      • Bat 1

        “Can you point me in the direction of a non-Marxist Democrat?”

        Tough question to answer. Perhaps a Joe Manchin. He’s something of a throwback to the old JFK/Harry Truman anti-communist liberal. But the eagerness of contemporary Democrats to blindly support the Obama/Reid/Pelosi troika, and the shameful lack of criticism from Democrats over the current regime’s failed domestic and foreign policies, not to mention the truly historic array of scandals, make it pretty tough to name more than a tiny handful of non-Marxist Democrats.

    • Bat 1

      “The end justifies the means.” Yep, that about covers it. Another Democrat that lies with a truly well-honed ease. Next story?

  • DelawareBeachHouse

    Private-sector energy executive? The reporter gets it wrong: Serving on the board of Dakota Gasification does not make one an energy executive. It makes one a director. (Heitkamp has played up the connection, but not, to my knowledge, misrepresented her role.)

  • Randy G

    Heitkamp is a liberal, liberals lie, always, about everything…

    • Guest

      Thanks for your smart, intelligent, and insightful comment, Randy G.
      -A liberal

      • Randy G

        Thanks for your dumb reply Joel.

    • Borderhawk

      Heitkamp voted for 12 million Democrats via amnesty, leftwing judges, Obamacare funding, Big spending. The only vote she took was against the cop killer lawyer.

  • rolandjames_318

    When I was growing up in the 50s under that “socialist” Republican Eisenhower and mostly Democratic congresses , the middle class was expanding, the top marginal income tax was 70-91%, and the corporate income tax accounted for ~40% of federal revenue. However, business was booming and manufacturing accounted for over 50% of corporate profits, now less than 10% and making “bets” on Wall Street accounts for more profit than making “things.” “Liberal” is a term that became a household word in America only in the 60s and 70s. Before that time, we were all just Americans and Judeo-Christian. Since then, Americans have taken sides on just about everything. We disagree about what the goal of life is and how to get there. We reject any “big picture.” There is only the individual and the social constructs that the individual creates. I fear the “conservatives” will have their endless wars against terrorism, the poor, immigrants…., as the “liberals” can’t get beyond analysis. Conservatives are incapable of honest self-critique–of themselves or of the institutions of which they are apart. Liberals seem unable to call their own consumer lifestyles into question and cannot see their complicity in the system to radically critique it, in the way that the O.T. prophets and Jesus critiqued Israel, and the Temple.

    • Thresherman

      The “socialist” Republican Eisenhower would be considered a right wing extremist today by progressives. They call themselves progressives because they have so slandered the name “liberal” that they had to abandon it lest they be identified by their own extremism.

      Seriously,”“liberals” can’t get beyond analysis”? Did you miss a little thing called the ACA? Have you noticed that after 5 years of “smart diplomacy” that no one refers to the US as a “superpower” anymore? That the National Debt has shot up 71% in the past 5 years?

      “‘conservatives’ will have their endless wars against terrorism, the poor, immigrants.” Again, seriously? Last I checked conservatives were not the ones attacking with drones while Harry Reid and other Democrats call us “terrorists”. In the fifties objecting to fraud and waste was called being a good steward of public funds, now it’s called attacking the poor. And conservatives have no problem with legal immigration, but progressives seem to think that if you follow the rules and laws to immigrate to this country you don’t count as an immigrant, you have to break the law to get in here before they support you.

      But then again, since the media now has a habit of falsely portraying one side and whitewashing the other, it shouldn’t be too surprising that you or many other people would hold these views.

    • ArthurMcGowan

      In the 50s, most wives did not work outside the home. Married couples split their income between them, putting them in a much lower tax bracket. Hardly anyone paid the 91% rate–Hollywood stars, and that was about it. The child deduction was $500, equivalent to about $10,000 today. “Middle class” people with a few kids paid almost no income tax. Liberals have insisted on allowing inflation to make the child deduction almost worthless because they hate large familes–or any families. They certainly hate children: They think that 57 million dead babies in NOT ENOUGH.

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    I think Ms. Heitkamp is overall fairly friendly to the energy industry. If you study my beliefs, I don’t always toe the Republican Party line even though I’m a member. I think our state Republican party made some stupid decisions at its recent convention.

    Does that make me a hypocrite?

  • mudguy1

    Ms. Heitkamp is the reason I will never ever vote for a Democrat. None of the can be trusted. She learned well from Obama

  • Borderhawk

    Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) votes with Republicans less than Heitkamp votes with Obama.

  • ArthurMcGowan

    Heitkamp is a pro-abortion “Catholic.” Where does she go to Mass and receive Communion?