North Dakota Democrats Opt for More of the Same

North Dakota Democratic Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

MINOT, N.D. — I was going to begin this column with a now-familiar recitation of all the ways the Democratic-NPL is all but irrelevant in the governance of our state, but I’m not sure I need to.

By now you get it, right? North Dakota’s Democrats have been lost in the wilderness for nearly 30 years. Their statewide candidates are routinely routed. Their legislative candidates lose everywhere but a few blue pockets around the state’s campuses and Native American communities.

The conventional political wisdom on this state of affairs is that the local Democrats are the victims of their national counterparts. Figures such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck SchumerHillary Clinton and Joe Biden are deeply unpopular in North Dakota, and that toxicity of brand is something most local Democratic candidates can’t overcome.

I don’t believe that.

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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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