Ward's oratory abilities -- or lack thereof -- had already become apparent when he comically referred to Puerto Rico, an unincorporated U.S. territory, as an independent country during a debate. When his opponent (who happened to be from Puerto Rico) seized the opportunity to unleash a justified verbal smackdown, Ward retaliated with the cunning argument: "I really don't care what it is. I mean, it doesn't matter." Because, you know, why would a congressman care about U.S. territory?
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Common sense in the back seat, geography in the trunk.
Perhaps this is why Ward started preferring other people's words to his own. Only, instead of hiring a speech writer or brain therapist or whatever it is politicians prone to speaking out of their asses do, he resorted to stealing shit from other politicians.
No fewer than five of the 10 position statements on Ward's website were copied verbatim from the websites of fellow Republicans, including big names such as future vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. There's still a chance Ward might have shrugged that shit off, if he hadn't also seen fit to steal some of the most memorable lines from President Obama's 2004 Democratic National Convention speech. Granted, it's a well-regarded speech that launched Obama into political super stardom, so it's far from the worst one you could quote ... for a political essay, properly sourced. If you happen to be a Republican trying to pass those words as your own, you're up shit creek within minutes because every single political journalist recognizes the text as the famous speech given by the reigning ultimate Democrat.
Let's take a look at Ward's Xeroxing, courtesy of Idaho's NewsChannel 7:
Obama: "We stand on the crossroads of history"
Ward: "As we stand on the crossroads of history"
Obama: "We can make the right choices and meet the challenges that face us"
Ward: "I know we can make the right choices and meet the challenges that lay before us"
Obama: "If you feel the same urgency that I do, if you feel the same passion that I do"
Ward: "If you feel the same urgency and the same passion that I do"
Obama: "Then I have no doubt"
Ward: "Then I have no doubt"
Obama: "The people will rise up in November"
Ward: "That our voices will be heard in November"
Obama: "And this country will reclaim its promise"
Ward: "Our country will reclaim its promise"
Obama: "And out of this long political darkness"