As I predicted, North Dakota Democrats largely kept President Obama at arm’s length while he was in the state.
The state Democrat party posted nary a mention of the President’s visit on their official webpage or Twitter account. They didn’t even send out so much as an email blast, limiting their acknowledgement to their party’s national leader’s presence in the state to a quick link to the live stream of his speech on Facebook.
In advance of the visit North Dakota Democrats worked pretty hard to push out disclaimers that they don’t agree with the President on everything, and Senator Heidi Heitkamp even tried to claim on Twitter that she doesn’t agree with the President on many things at all.
We don't agree on many things, but improving the devastating realities many #Native families face is an issue Pres. & I can agree on
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) June 14, 2014
That statement from Heitkamp is a little hard to square with reality. After all, according to her actual voting record as compiled by Congressional Quarterly, Heitkamp voted Obama’s way on the issues 97 percent of the time.
Heitkamp says she doesn’t agree with Obama on many things, but that’s just not true. It’s a matter of public record that she has agreed with him on just about everything that has come up for a vote in the Senate.
Heitkamp and her fellow North Dakota Democrats know how toxic President Obama is politically in North Dakota, which is why they kept their distance while he was in the state.
Heck, try finding a photo of Obama from yesterday’s visit with a single Democrat from the state up to and including Heitkamp (there certainly weren’t any in the Senator’s Facebook gallery from the event).
That didn’t happen by accident.