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.