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Greg Hodur, Fargo, Published November 17 2013

Letter: Too much praise for Rep. Cramer

While I agree with The Forum’s Nov. 8 editorial that our U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is doing a better job than his Republican predecessor at mingling with the masses, I think your praise for his doing that is a bit overblown.

First, Rick Berg didn’t set a very high bar for Cramer. Berg, from day one of his tenure, acted like the only thing he had to do as Congressman was not say something wrong and he would be our next U.S. senator.

But that didn’t work out really well for him. Cramer seemed to learn from that.

He’s been outspoken on some controversial issues, some would say to a fault, and we could get into that, but I don’t want to digress. Most importantly, there’s a commonly used term in political circles for what Cramer’s doing, and it’s called a “dog and pony show” – go out and make it look like you’re listening, and then go back and do what you were going to do anyway.

Cramer’s a dyed-in-the-wool tea bagger, and can’t risk irritating that wing of his party to do what common sense dictates would be in the best interests of all of his constituents.

So, regardless of what he hears from his coffee klatches, he’s going to go back to Washington and vote as he has numerous times before not only to repeal Obamacare, but also to end Medicare as we know it. If that doesn’t happen, he’ll vote like a lemming to let our nation fall off a fiscal cliff that will have serious consequences for all of us. He won’t support a farm bill that also assures a subsistence existence for the poorest among us, and he’ll be as oblivious to the problems on our reservations as he always has been.