Kevin Cramer, one of North Dakota’s U.S. Senators, is sucking down the Trump Kool-Aid so fast and so completely that one has to wonder if he’s being waterboarded with the stuff. Case in point: impeachment.

Graphic of quote about "Kool-Aid" to accompany impeachment postMind’s eye – Ivanka and Jared, laughing hysterically as they pour the Kool-Aid down Cramer’s smarmy gullet.

I recently contacted Cramer’s office to urge him to vote “guilty” to impeach President Trump at the end of the Senate trial. Cramer’s response was, “…I see no evidence of an impeachable offense.”

Image of Sen. Kevin Cramer letter

Click anywhere in the letter for a more readable version.

No surprise. This is, after all, the guy who promised in his 2018 Senate campaign– repeatedly – that if elected he would vote with Trump 100 percent of the time.

Cramer said, in essence, “I will check my brain at the door.”

Senate cloakrooms had marble jars at their entrances? Learn something new every day.

That’s a dangerous, not to mention irresponsible, promise for someone serving in what was once known as the “most deliberative body in the world” to make. Emphasis on “once.”

Cramer went on to call the impeachment in the House a “nonsensical” crusade, and he promised that if he becomes a juror (which will happen next week), “I will not shirk my responsibility to call out the horrible handling of this process.”


The responsibility to protect our republic? Anyone? Anyone? Cramer?

I actually listened to the House impeachment hearings, read about them in credible newspapers and magazines and watched parts on television. And I, too, read parts of the transcript of the Trump call with Ukrainian President Zelensky.

If Cramer sees “no evidence of an impeachable offense,” I can only conclude it’s because his nose so far up –

Picture of Sen. Kevin Cramer and President Donald Trump

President Trump looks on as Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) speaks at a rally in Fargo on June 27, 2018. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (Vox, Nov. 7, 2018)

Again, no big revelation.

Cramer’s letter is simply a GOP-talking-point-memo response from a man who’s less interested in finding the truth or protecting our republic than nitpicking the process and making sure his party retains control of the White House at all costs.

Only one thing about Cramer’s impeachment response remains a mystery –

What flavor is the Kool-Aid?

Brown. Definitely brown.

Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), proud introvert, veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, and big-time reader. As they say, if you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff. A ginger, too - ergo the "Red" - although some of it's going white. Cinnamon-Sugar, I call it. Tattooed to boot; seven so far. At age 54, I'm stilling crankin' AC/DC & Metallica, but now and again I spin some Eric Church and Black Uhuru, too. I love hanging out with my (much) better half, spending time with our kids, writing, hiking, riding my mountain bike and reading.


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