Chu has been hammering at this topic ever since Tsai announced her campaign on May 23rd (2010). In fact, asking Tsai to promise the full term -- but not what Tsai has to offer for the New Taipei City -- seems to be Chu's major concern since day one.
Tsai already responded, on May 25th, in a press conference (video) that she will "be responsible to the end" if she is elected. That doesn't seem to slow down KMT's attack on this issue at all.
But that's not the issue here. Chu, who has the audacity to question other's commitment, is a politician with outstanding records of quitting his public service positions in the middle of the terms. As shown in the table below, the first column is Chu's political service record; the 2nd: the official Legislator term, and the 3rd: the official commissioner term. Note the dates marked with red.
Eric Chu's Runaway Record
First column: Chu's political service record; 2nd: Official Legislator term;
3rd: Office commissioner term. TCC: Taoyuan County Commissioner
The 4th Legislator
Start campaigning for TCC
|2001/12/20 Quit!||4th Legislator|
Resign to campaign
for New Taipei City
Chu broke away from his commitments twice -- the first on 2001/12/20 when he quit the legislator (see the official record cited in  in the end of article) to take up the post of Taoyuan County commissioner (TCC), and the 2nd on 2009/9/9 when he quit his TCC post to be sworn in to the vice premier position. In his political career, he served only two public-elected positions (legislator and TCC), yet he dumped them both.
Why does a person of such a record think that he is in a position to question others' commitment ?
The news release I cited in the beginning might shed some light. Chu wrote:
He argued, and wrote clearly in black and white, that he finished his legislator term before he started campaigning for the Taoyuan County commissioner !! In a video, he smiled at the camera and delivered that outright lie without a blink of eye:
The as-a-matter-of-factly attitude of fact-twisting is truly mind-boggling. Did he really believe that's what happened ?
He also argued that "leaving the post only 3 months earlier before the end of the term" doesn't count as leaving the post earlier. With that kind of twisting, he went on to attack DPP being fact-twisting.
Now we know at least one thing --- he is probably in such a delusional state of total denial to the fact that he did run away from his duty twice. When a person is so far out of the touch of reality, his mental health is in serious doubt.
KMT's Suicidal Campaign StrategyBut this might not be as simple as a single politician going delusional. The KMT campaign is handled by KMT Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), Ma Ying-jeou's most trusted spin doctor and the master mind behind all KMT's campaign strategy. Chu's move has to be approved by King. In fact, Chu's delusional statement echoes King's, which was made on the same day.
It triggers some pondering on KMT's campaign approach: Chu has a complete record of breaking away, yet Tsai has none. So Chu is like "using own weakness to attack others' strength." Isn't that suicidal? The more Chu chases this subject, the more people will be reminded of Chu's own record of dumping his commitments, not to mention that this attack is delivered in a manner of Chu going delusional. Chu's credibility will be further crashed, and his mental health will be questioned. Both would seriously jeopardize his chance of winning the New Taipei City election.
Why on earth would the KMT adopt this stupid and apparently suicidal strategy to trash her own candidate ?
It is even more suspicious if we take into account that Chu is considered Ma Ying-jeou's successor in the KMT. Not only is it the consensus of public opinion, but also Ma's move of making him the vice premier is considered a pre-arrangement for KMT's future. Sacrificing KMT's next generation leader is like eradicating KMT's own lineage.
Previously I pointed out that the KMT plans to use admitting incompetence on all fronts as their campaign strategy. In which I asked why the KMT would adopt a self-trashing approach for the year-end campaign. Chu's move described here pushes the KMT one step further along the suicidal path.
But, why ? Do Ma and King have a priority other than winning the Battle-Of-Five-Cities - the year-end election that is considered the most critical for Ma if he wants to win the 2012 presidential election, such that they don't mind sacking KMT's own lineage ?