Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Pence's Legislative Record Shows He's 0 for 62
Mike Pence can talk a good game, but, to put this in Hoosier basketball crazy terms, he’s that annoying guy on the playground that can’t play defense or hit a jump shot.
How can I say that? Well, Pence’s shooting percentage on getting sponsored bills passed committee in Congress is 0.05. Worse than that, he’s gotten exactly ZERO of his bills through Congress. ZERO..ZIP…ZILCH…NADA…NOTHING. In short, he’s been as good of a Congressman for Indiana as I have been, according to GovTrack.us. Now, he wants to be our Governor.
GovTrack.us' analysis is a wonderful picture of Pence’s record as a Congressman since 2001. It rates Pence as a “a far-right Republican” with him high on the leadership scale, and, yes, he has been a Republican leader in Congress despite his rather scant legislative record. However, carrying water for the national GOP’s divisive policies really isn’t what Indiana’s about. Indiana’s politics for the last 23 years have been center to center-right. Certainly, Indiana has not been far right by any stretch of the imagination.
I’m sure Pence will find some way to spin this record. I’m sure it will involve the wheels of Congress not turning his direction and that the Democrats have had control of the Congress during some of his time in office. He’s probably also going to talk about how other Indiana Representatives haven’t had much luck in getting their bills through Congress, either.
While all of those things may be true, Pence has been a longtime high-ranking member of the Republican House Leadership. You would think that he would have called in some of that political capital to get those bills through. Of the nine Indiana Congressional seats, six have had new Congressman that came in behind Pence. Only Dan Burton and Pete Visclosky have represented Hoosiers longer than Pence has in the Lower House of Congress.
These are the things you need to look at when electing an executive of state government. With little to go on legislatively, we really don’t know much about Mike Pence except that he’s, as he says, “Christian, conservative, and Republican, in that order.”
He may be the nicest guy in the world, but I think Indiana deserves better than that. Indiana deserves a guy like John Gregg, who is the kind of Hoosier that can work across the aisle. He's principled, but he's smart enough to listen to people rather than let himself think he has all the answers.
As each week goes by, John Gregg's position looks better and better. When you throw in Pence's scant legislative record, you wonder what might drive anyone to vote for him. He's an ideological empty suit, and he's wrong for Indiana.