Heidi Heitkamp is a Democrat Senator from North Dakota. And, if the last two polls (one by Fox, one by NBC) are accurate, she is trailing her Republican opponent, Kevin Cramer, by double digits.
Despite Ms. Heitkamp being this far behind, history has taught us that politicians, especially incumbents, can sometimes turn things around very quickly – even a Democrat in deep-red North Dakota.
But now that Heitkamp has voted against Brett Kavanaugh, it seems that, whatever her chances had been, they are appreciably lower.
And, if that weren’t enough, if her chances had not already dropped to hail-mary status, she then came out with this reason for opposing Kavanaugh:
“We communicate not only with words, but with our body language and demeanor. I saw somebody who was very angry, who was very nervous, and I saw rage that a lot of people said, ‘Well, of course you’re going to see rage; he’s being falsely accused.’ But it is at all times you’re to acquit yourself with a demeanor that’s becoming of the Court.”
In other words, Senator Heitkamp is telling her North Dakota constituents that “Yeah, I would have voted for him (you’re welcome Republicans), but I couldn’t, because – you’re not going to believe this – he reacted badly to being accused of rape by someone who provided no evidence, no corroboration, thus no way for him to defend himself, and was treated by the Senate Judiciary Democrats as though the accusations were unassailably factual. What’s wrong with this guy, anyway?”
Reminding you again: North Dakota is a deep red state. Very, very happy with Donald Trump. And, though I have not seen polling data, almost certainly very supportive of Brett Kavanaugh.
Any doubt about how her “nay” vote will play there?