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  •  I supported Mary Catherine Heitkamp (2+ / 0-)
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    bobatkinson, Creosote

    enthusiastically when she ran.  I hosted a fundraiser, phone banked, donated, etc.  Even then, I knew she would be a disaster on energy issues.  She was, after all, Vice President or something of MDU, a local utility heavily involved in using coal for electricity.

    I rationalized that she might have been the tipping point between majority leader Reid or majority leader McConnell.  And she was an electable Democrat.  Turns out she wasn't the tipping point.  But she might well be again after the mid-terms.  If the party retains control of the senate by one vote, every surviving member will be that essential one vote, even the odious coward that is Mary Catherine Heitkamp.

    Needless to say, my opinion has changed since she took office.  I will never support her or vote for her again.  I don't care if Dick or Liz Cheney run against her.

    There are other ways to retain control of the senate.  There are other fights to wage.  My limited resources and efforts will go to something I can believe in, not the lesser of two evils.

    It was bad enough that she charged in like a bull in a china shop, going on the Sunday talk shows in her first week in office to bad-mouth the Democratic president.  It was bad enough that she, a lawyer, voted against confirmation of a civil rights nominee because of a client he represented.  Her support of the pipeline I don't hold against her, because I factored that in from the beginning.

    What tipped the scales for me was her vote in support of a Republican filibuster on background checks following Sandy Hook.  Nobody can offer a valid reason to object to universal background checks, because there isn't one.  If we agree that certain people should not have guns, then we must agree that there should be mechanisms to keep those people from obtaining guns.  If Mary Catherine believes otherwise, then she can vote against the bill.   Voting to prevent a vote is simply cowardice.

    Ethical problem: if you had a time machine, would you go back and kill Cheney before he took office?

    by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 02:32:38 PM PDT

    •  So to be clear, if you had to do it (1+ / 0-)
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      all over again, you would rather have had Berg win?

      Remember, "Heitkamp won the November 6, 2012, Senate election by 2,994 votes, less than 1% of the ballots cast."

      New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

      by AlexDrew on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 05:02:58 PM PDT

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