Much has been written over the past few days about Mark Souder’s resignation. His fall from grace probably wouldn’t have been so anguishing had he not spent his political career condemning others for any number of failings that he believed were in his purview to control through his role as a representative.
Souder took the podium, eyes red from “crocodile tears”, to chastise the “poisonous Washington environment” for leading to his downfall and to bemoan the fact that he had no “normal” life with his family, his church, his friends, or his community. Perhaps if he had adhered to his six-term pledge given so freely in the 1994 Contract with America, he wouldn’t have found himself staring out at the glare of cameras and the anticipation-laden faces of reporters sent to cover one of the major stories of the Third District .
But what is so ironic about his actions is that, in resigning, the champion of conservative values not only failed in his social relationships but also failed in his obligations to the citizen taxpayers of the Third District by leaving them holding the bag for at least half a million dollars of expense to hold a special election. Budgets are already strained, and imposing an additional burden certainly will not help the Third District, which Souder claims he loves so much.
Souder’s short exercise in oral self-flagellation was nothing more than an exercise in shifting blame to others – something that he has become quite adept at doing as he has slowly morphed into a Washington insider.