Grand Forks Herald: Collin Peterson Needed As A “Bridge Builder”

The Grand Forks Herald endorsed Representative Collin Peterson yesterday calling him a “bridge builder” and claiming that we need more like him in the United States House of Representatives:

Why is he succeeding where other moderates are failing?

Like we said: He makes it look easy.

As the Journal suggests, the House soon will have lots of members on the far left and even more on the far right. It’ll have precious few in the middle.

But the middle is where successful legislation is made. That’s where legislation wins not just partisan but bipartisan support, the kind of support health care reform lacked — and that’s a weakness that might yet prove fatal.

Peterson’s comfortable in the center, a vital but increasingly lonely place. After Tuesday, he’ll be needed there more than ever. Our nation as well as his district would benefit from his re-election.

I have always been of the belief that the problem Republicans have had in the 7th District is that they believe it to be a conservative district. It is neither conservative nor liberal but rather a supremely moderate district. Peterson understands this and it is why he wins so comfortably every election year. This year looks to be no different.

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