Sounds a lot like the Republican Party today. I agree he is emblematic. Pence is proud and aggressive, kind of like Bush when he led us into a war with Iraq based on trumped up evidence.
His "Pledge to America" or whatever the most recent Republican version of their failed "Contract with America" is called is quite short on details as well as basic math. There are lots of specifics on tax cuts and very few on spending cuts.
We've seen this Republican equation before, high proud rhetoric with calls for instant-gratification tax cuts without the pain of spending cuts result in huge deficits that threaten the fiscal stability of our nation.
For the finances and future of our children, I long for the Goldwater Republicans.