MINOT, N.D. — When news broke that North Dakota’s two Republican U.S. senators, John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, would be among those voting to advance a bipartisan infrastructure bill, my phone lit up with exhortations from conservatives activists and groups asking me to be critical of that decision.
My response to them?
Why would I be?
Far from being critical, I’m cheering them on.
For years Republicans have governed in a way that pleases the Fox News crowd, up to and including disgraced former President Donald Trump. This has not been a sound strategy. The Trump era has been a disaster, from a conservative perspective, and Democrats have been empowered.
They are well-situated to advance the progressive cause farther and faster than perhaps any other time since the Great Society programs of the Lyndon Johnson era.
You might be inclined to believe that reality means it’s no time to compromise.
You’d be wrong.