Throwing out his old, worn standard – the Liberals are coming, the Liberals are coming – Souder has already saddled up his trusty steed of conservatism and started to send out letters soliciting donations. Whining that he is a “good” conservative, he is now portraying himself as a poor, beleaguered Indiana conservative fleeing from the “nasty, old Liberals” who are after his seat.
Souder has the ability to talk much and say little. I have found in the few conversations I have had with him that it is hard to get a word in edgewise, and that tactic becomes useful when you have little to say in an unrehearsed situation.
But, Lord, give him a rehearsed forum, and he can ramble for hours without taking a position a la his performance in 2008 at a meeting he held to try to explain what was happening with the VA inpatient issue in Fort Wayne. By the time the meeting was over, few understood what he had just said and even fewer understood his position.
But, Souder’s hypocrisy has never been more visible than his recent assault against President Obama, calling the President a “liar.” Apparently Souder has forgotten the following pledge that he took in 1994 as he signed the now-infamous Contract with America (bet he had his fingers crossed behind his back):
CONTRACT WITH AMERICA
As Republican Members of the House of Representatives and as citizens seeking to join that body, we propose not just to change its policies, but to restore the bounds of trust between the people and their elected representatives. That is why, in this era of official evasion and posturing, we offer instead a detailed agenda for national renewal, a written commitment with no fine print.
Within the first hundred days of the 104th Congress, we shall bring to the House Floor the following bills, each to be given a full and open debate, each to be given a clear and fair vote, and each to be immediately available this day for public inspection and scrutiny:
- The Fiscal Responsibility Act: Balanced budget amendment & line item veto
- The Taking Back Our Streets Act: More prisons, more enforcement, more death penalty
- The Personal Responsibility Act: Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending
- The Families Reinforcement Act: Use tax code to foster families
- The American Dream Restoration Act: Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes
- The National Security Restoration Act: No US troops under UN command; more defense spending
- The Senior Citizens Fairness Act: Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings
- The Job Creation and Wage Enhancement Act: Incentives to small businesses
- The Common Sense Legal Reforms Act: Limit punitive damages
- The Citizen Legislature Act: Term limits on Congress
Further, we will work to enact additional budget savings, beyond the budget cuts specifically included in the legislation above, to ensure that the federal budget will be less than it would have been without the enactment of these bills. Respecting the judgment of our fellow citizens as we seek their mandate for reform, we hereby pledge our names to this Contract with America.
Hmm – didn’t Souder say he would only run for six terms? Gosh, I guess he lied.