Print Column: Heitkamp Preaches Moderation to National Dems Even as State Party Moves Further Left


MINOT, N.D. — “There are opportunities for Democrats to win back rural America, but they have to know how to win.”

That’s what former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said in a recent interview, occasioned by her activism on behalf of the One Country Project.

That’s an advocacy and lobbying group co-founded by Heitkamp to help Democrats figure out the noncoastal, nonurban parts of our nation.

Heitkamp has won just one election in rural America in the last roughly 23 years, so obviously she knows what she’s doing.

So far Heitkamp’s advocacy on this front has been a lot of gum flapping about Democrats needing to be a bit more centrist on issues like health care.

Which is probably good advice, as far as it goes, but also the sort of generic insight the average cable news spectator could come up with without the millions of dollars in donations Heitkamp’s group has taken in.

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