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

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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