Cramer Has Been Far More Bipartisan Than Heitkamp Was

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, left, and Rep. Kevin Cramer shake hands at the conclusion of a past U.S. Senate Candidate Debate sponsored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association in Bismarck. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

MINOT, N.D. — The term “bipartisan” is an odd thing in politics. Many commentators treat it as something that is self-evidently virtuous, but it’s not.

The idea of people working together, despite ideological differences, is a nice one, but what should matter most is the purpose at which they’re working.

If Republicans and Democrats strum guitars and sing Kumbaya while spending their way to a trillion-dollar budget deficit, is that a good thing?

Bipartisanship doesn’t turn bad policy into good policy.

Having established that caveat, I will say that the rankings of members of Congress by their tendency toward bipartisanship recently released by the Lugar Center (a non-profit founded by former Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar) are interesting, especially in what they say about North Dakota’s members of Congress.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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