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Wed May 24, 2017, 12:22 PM

North Dakota Democrat rejects the Trump resistance: "I think that's a waste of my time"

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017 04:58 AM EDT

North Dakota Democrat rejects the Trump resistance: “I think that’s a waste of my time”

Heidi Heitkamp, one of the must vulnerable Democrats in the Senate, complains that fighting Trump is not persuasive

MATTHEW SHEFFIELD

In a Monday meeting with a state business group, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat, said that the staunch “Resistance” position many of her party members are taking toward President Donald Trump is “a waste of my time.”

“The thing is that there are two things that are happening that are really challenging us,” Heitkamp told the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce, according to a video that was posted of the proceedings.

“One is the resist movement. Which is nothing. Just resist, right? Don’t do anything, just resist,” she said.



According to Heitkamp, merely resisting Trump is not a way to achieve good public policy. “I think that’s a waste of my time, if all I’m there for is to resist,” Heitkamp said. “That’s not persuasive.”

While Heitkamp has said she opposes to Trump’s current health care plan, she has also voted to confirm his picks to head up the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior. She also joined the GOP in voting for a repeal of an Obama-era regulation on coal mine pollution into streams and rivers.

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http://www.salon.com/2017/05/24/north-dakota-democrat-rejects-the-trump-resistance-i-think-that-is-a-waste-of-my-time/

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Reply North Dakota Democrat rejects the Trump resistance: "I think that's a waste of my time" (Original post)
DonViejo May 2017 OP
Sculpin Beauregard May 2017 #1
jalan48 May 2017 #2
dalton99a May 2017 #4
Doreen May 2017 #3
oasis May 2017 #5
benld74 May 2017 #6
gratuitous May 2017 #7
NurseJackie May 2017 #15
gratuitous May 2017 #22
zipplewrath May 2017 #26
NurseJackie May 2017 #27
inwiththenew May 2017 #8
uponit7771 May 2017 #9
geek tragedy May 2017 #11
geek tragedy May 2017 #10
HughBeaumont May 2017 #12
NurseJackie May 2017 #18
HughBeaumont May 2017 #24
NurseJackie May 2017 #25
dembotoz May 2017 #13
mvd May 2017 #14
NurseJackie May 2017 #17
RhodeIslandOne May 2017 #16
mvd May 2017 #20
Cha May 2017 #19
mvd May 2017 #21
turbinetree May 2017 #23
JDC May 2017 #28

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:28 PM

1. She's really a DINO then, isn't she? As if 'just resisting' is doing nothing. F her!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:30 PM

2. She will pull a Lieberman as soon as the Party moves to the left. Good riddance Heidi.

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #2)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:39 PM

4. Yep.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:35 PM

3. Well, she shows us that not all Democrats are good.

She is the type I see flipping.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:43 PM

5. Heidi's take: "'RESIST' is just a word Dems say when things are being said".

She prefers the "OSTRICH" approach to Trump's administration.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:59 PM

6. Invoking SNL routine here between Akroyd ane Curtain



Heidi, you ignorant,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:04 PM

7. I tend to agree

Resistance - by itself - isn't sufficient. Is Sen. Heitkamp out there with Sen. Warren, Sen. Merkley, Sen. Sanders, and others in coming up with counterproposals, and supporting the Democratic platform? Because I will say that her Senate career can be measured in a very short term if all she is offering as a Senator is Republican lite. Faced with a choice of that or a real Republican, North Dakotans will probably select the Republican. If you're going to lose, you might as well lose as a Democrat, Sen. Heitkamp.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #7)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:48 PM

15. Does this mean you'd prefer to see a Republican senator, rathar than an imperfect Democrat?

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #15)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:56 PM

22. I'm saying that Heitkamp is following a recipe for failure

She is presenting herself as a Democrat who will betray the party's platform and subvert the party's resistance to the Trump administration's ill-considered programs. In 2018, North Dakotans will consider whether to re-elect Heitkamp for another six years or replace her with a Republican. I predict they'll choose the real deal Republican for the Senate. Heitkamp was elected as a Democrat; she should act like one.

EDITED TO ADD: While I agree with Heitkamp that resistance by itself is not a path to good governance, it's about the only weapon the Democrats have to work with right now, being out of the White House and in the minority of both houses of Congress. Certainly the Republicans didn’t suffer with the electorate from 2009 to 2017 for doing little except saying “no” to governing responsibly.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #15)

Wed May 24, 2017, 04:56 PM

26. Out come will be the same either way

Roughly the interpretation is that, using her current approach, one will end up with a Republican senator whether wanted or not. The only possible hope of any other outcome is to be vastly more democratic. The odds are better that she'll win if she stakes out a uniquely different position than her ultimate opponent, not showing how little difference there is.

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #26)

Wed May 24, 2017, 05:14 PM

27. LOL

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:09 PM

8. The Republicans had a decent amount of success with that strategy during the Obama

Presidency. They threw up every roadblock they could. Ended up getting Supreme Court pick they shouldn't have. Turnabout is fair play right?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:13 PM

9. Does she think she's going to win over Trumpsters?

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #9)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:16 PM

11. She has to win about 20% of Trump voters to

 

get re-elected.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:15 PM

10. Trump beat Hillary 2-1 in NoDak.

 

do people want her to lose to Kevin Cramer?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:18 PM

12. If all you are doing is kowtowing to Neo-Fascism out of political expediency . . .

. . . that makes you an accessory. In other words, less than useless.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Reply #12)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:52 PM

18. Would you feel the same way if she was the 51st Dem in the senate? That's not "useless" is it?

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #18)

Wed May 24, 2017, 02:06 PM

24. Counterfactual Fallacy.

If Ifs, Ands or Buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas.

Two Senate "Dems" are the reason we don't have multi-payer.

One of those Senate "Dems" is one of the top three reasons Gore lost 2000.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Reply #24)

Wed May 24, 2017, 03:51 PM

25. LOL!



Hooray for purity and perfection!

All or nothing!

Pride before pragmatism!

Excerpt ------------------
Two Senate "Dems" are the reason we don't have multi-payer.
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Without a majority we'd have had even LESS. But hey... purity and all that.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:24 PM

13. have not walked a mile in her shoes

as a dem she already has a target on her back.
lord knows it takes guts to be a dem in north dakota

perhaps she is our best option in that state

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:41 PM

14. Chamber of Commerce? No wonder she doesn't want to resist

I'd be for a primary challenger if there is a viable one like in West Virginia. The resistance will go on without her.

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Response to mvd (Reply #14)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:49 PM

17. What if she was the 51st Dem in the senate? Would you still want to kick her to the curb?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:49 PM

16. Heidi is a fucking disgrace n/m

 

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Reply #16)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:53 PM

20. Even worse going to business and complaining about the resistance

IMO

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:53 PM

19. Heidi sounds like a big "waste of time".

Glad she's opposed to his vile non health care plan.. that's big of her.

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Response to Cha (Reply #19)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:56 PM

21. Hi Cha

We respresent different tactics sometimes but we both want Trump resistance big time.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:59 PM

23. Standing Rock Human Beings still need to drink water.....and we were the FIRST to RESIST.........

She also joined the GOP in voting for a repeal of an Obama-era regulation on coal mine pollution into streams and rivers.

And we have not forgotten.................ever, and "we" are the resistance forever, defending our Mother Earth, and our scared lands, and it is not a waste of time.................it is life

(Old Petition, that this person got, and did nothing, she did nothing)

http://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/senator-heidi-heitkamp


http://standingrock.org/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 09:02 PM

28. I'll bet she's in for a Primary challenge next go around

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