Republicans Channel Obama in Coronavirus Response

The West Acres food court is seen at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in Fargo after switching to carry-out orders only. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MINOT, N.D. — We like to describe politics as the “marketplace of ideas.”

If only it were so.

A marketplace, in the economic sense, tends to be innovative. Competition drives a constant need to find the new and improved.

There is little innovation taking place in America’s political thinking. At least at the national level.

When we get bad news — like coronavirus, currently — the national political class reaches for their trusty we-gotta-do-something toolbox.

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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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