Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Souder's Sandwich Fit

Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) must have been upset about some of the commentary surrounding his recent embarrassing attempt to use religious discrimination as a straw man to defeat ENDA during House debate. The Hill reports Souder became quite testy with a Capitol Hill cafe worker over whether his turkey sandwich was grilled or toasted. The Hill's "In The Know" column writes today:

Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) stormed out of a café in the Capitol basement in a fit of irritation last week. The reason? His turkey sandwich — it was grilled, not toasted.

With just a few people in line at the deli counter, the café was not bustling. But Souder was apparently in a rush and preoccupied, hunched over his BlackBerry for much of the time. First, he asked for his sandwich to be grilled. Then, toasted. The deli employee grew confused.

“Big guy, you want lettuce and tomato?” he called out to Souder.

Souder then realized his sandwich was being grilled, not toasted. “I said toasted,” the congressman said. To which the employee replied, “Nah, man, you said grilled.” Still, he offered to re-make the sandwich.

Souder then mumbled angrily, “It’s already taking too long,” and left, sandwich-less. Souder had a different take on the incident.

“Mr. Souder was asked for — and gave — his order three times,” wrote Souder spokesman Mark Green in an e-mail to ITK. “After around 20 minutes, he was still
waiting, so he canceled the order and walked out so as to get to his next meeting on time. Despite the poor service, he decided not to file a complaint. We are disappointed that what happened has been misrepresented to you.”
The Hill's gossip columns are great. The other day they reported on some congressman from West Virginia who had a little too much to drink at a local watering hole and kept bumping into and shoving everyone in sight, women included. You would think these guys would learn they're living in a fish bowl out in Washington and would behave themselves accordingly.


varangianguard said...

Maybe Rep. Souder should try working in a deli with 435 overbearing, demanding customers. Might give him some much needed perspective.

If he was in such a hurry, he does have staffers who could have helped out.

Bart Lies said...

How ironic he ordered 'turkey.'

Anonymous said...

Of all the things he should be upset over, he chooses a sandwich. Seriously, who in the heck are we putting in office?!

Anonymous said...

Indiana has had its share of silly members of Congress.

Back in the 70s, our to senators were commonly-referred to as "Bayh and Bought." Sen. Vance Hartke has one of the most quirky members of Congress ever.

Now, we've got Dan Burton wandering the halls looking for a--to grab. Julia seeing little girls at picnics--that no one else sees (and then reciting this anomoly on statewide TV).

Souder is living proof that God protects children and idiots.

And he's on borrowed time.

Anonymous said...

Souder is probably a bit grouchy these days over not being able to digest a GOP sandwich that includes the following diverse ingredients: National Right to life lettuce endorsing Fred Thompson. Terre Haute Attorney Jim Bopp representing Fort Wayne evangelical mayoral loser-big-time indictee Kelty. Same Jim Bopp legal counsel to same National Right to Life......same Jim Bopp bit advisor to Mitt Romney Campaign. The envelope with the Tums, please. Any thoughts, Gary, as to how all this gets mixed together?

Anonymous said...

Souder is a goof but his district seems to like him...I wonder what that says about the voters in his district.

Anonymous said...

Not much different than it says about the voters in Monroe Gray's district.

Anonymous said...

Nobody pays much attention to Souder in his district. Kinda like Dan Burton.

And I'm hoping that transfers to Monroe Gray soon.

Hey, a fella can hope, can't he?

Anonymous said...

If the Democrat councilors elect Monroe Gray as minority leader then they all need to be driven from office.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it will happen, 8:44.
Unless the black councillors scream "race!" again, which is a tired old card, and which cost my party dearly last week.

This just in: this wweek, Woody is using the Burton brain, so Souder isn't the only Hooser Congressman acting stupid.

Which gives all Hoosiers a degree of comfort, I suppose.

Anonymous said...

Somehow this doesn't rise to the level of Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd creating a "human sandwich" with a member of the wait staff at LaBrasserie.