Souder is running scared. He is, for the first time, in his overextended tenure in Washington D.C. facing a challenger who may just send him home to Grabill to tend to his knitting – and to pick up on his rural roots.
Souder has determined that none of his opponents is worthy of debating. This tactic – better known as “now you see him, now you don’t”, provides Souder with the opportunity to remain silently tucked away from any real debate of the issues he has so fervently used to challenge the Democrats.
But, you have to hand it to Bob Thomas, the Indianapolis business man who is sending chills through the Souder camp. He has used the art of commercials early on to hit Souder where it hurts – votes on bailouts and term limits. The commercial linking Souder to Pelosi and Reed is genius at its best. Souder used these very same tactics against Tom Hayburst in 2006 when he continuously labeled Hayhurst a liberal – even though Hayhurst is far from a liberal. The image of Souder in the foreground and Pelosi and Reed in the background is priceless.
This is a race that should draw a goodly number of Republicans to the voting booth in May. Souder has been sent back time and again to Washington, D.C. by the herd of Third District Republican sheep, but Kings tend to fall – often because they underestimate their subjects – and the opposition.
While Souder deigns his opponents unworthy, in the end, it is the voters who will determine the worthiness of Souder’s opposition – a fact that King Souder cannot change.