Print Column: Heitkamps Feel They’re Entitled to Power, and That’s Exactly Why They Shouldn’t Have It

MINOT, N.D. — Believe it or not, the point of politics isn’t the campaigns. Those are supposed to be nothing more than the means by which we choose who gets to do the much more important job of governing.

Sadly, it can seem as though the whole governing thing is just something the politicians do during the campaign offseason.

Still, before we move on, there are some things left to be said about the election cycle we just went through here in North Dakota.

Something about the Heitkamps, specifically.

Smarting from his sister Heidi’s loss on Election Day in the U.S. Senate race, a thoroughly nettled Joel Heitkamp published a screed on his radio station’s website blaming that loss on myself and my employers at Forum Communications Co.

He described me as a “pitbull” for the company, and whines that my employers didn’t “call off the dogs” during the election.

Set aside for a moment that Joel Heitkamp is behaving like a 3-year-old who just lost a game of Candyland and focus on the sense of entitlement on display.

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Rob Port is the editor of, 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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