July 9th, 2010
03:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Inglis goes after Palin: 'Lowest form of political leadership'

GOP Rep. Bob Inglis criticized Sarah Palin and his own party in an interview with the Associated Press published Friday.
GOP Rep. Bob Inglis criticized Sarah Palin and his own party in an interview with the Associated Press published Friday.

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Bob Inglis, who last month lost a primary battle to retain his seat, is now taking aim at some members of his own party - the second ousted Republican to express frustration with the GOP in as many weeks.

In an interview with the Associated Press and confirmed to CNN by his office, Inglis targets the "death panels" phrase made famous by Sarah Palin when the former Alaska governor inaccurately claimed the Democratic-backed health care legislation would ration health care for the elderly.

"There were no death panels in the bill … and to encourage that kind of fear is just the lowest form of political leadership. It's not leadership. It's demagoguery," said Inglis, who lost his primary challenge to conservative Trey Gowdy by 42 points last month and faced heavy criticism for voting in favor of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in 2009.

In a series of Facebook posts last summer, Palin repeatedly suggested the health care legislation would amount to rationing and coined the phrase "death panels" to suggest government bureaucrats, not doctors, would determine the type of health care one receives.

The de-bunked phrase was quickly repeated by detractors of the bill and is credited with spurring heated opposition to the measure.

Inglis said such words amount to "preying on [voter's] fears."

"I think we have a lot of leaders that are following those [television and talk radio] personalities and not leading," he said. "What it takes to lead is to say, 'You know, that's just not right.'"

The comments from Inglis, who has served in Congress since 1993, come two weeks after Bob Bennett, - the Republican senator who was cast aside by his party in a primary earlier this year - suggested the GOP is devoid of fresh ideas.

"As I look out at the political landscape now, I find plenty of slogans on the Republican side, but not very many ideas," Bennett told The Ripon Society, a Republican think tank last month.

"The concern I have is that ideology and a demand for absolute party purity endangers our ability to govern once we get into office," Bennett also said.


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soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. Al

    I agree with Bob Inglis, however, he would have had more credibility if he had spoken out BEFORE he was defeated.

    July 9, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Kevin Collins

    Let's also not forget another Palin lie: She claimed to have not supported the taxpayer-wasteland Bridge to Nowhere when in fact she did support it until the subsequent federal funds for it were cut off due to both our citizens and many politicians. She also claims not to be a quitter yet quit the governorship before she even finished her first term. Finally, her beloved Alaska receives more federal pork per-capita than any other U.S. state, which is quite something in light of her hypocritical GOP-dominated state claiming to hate the federal government and wants to sucede from the Union. Then again, these are the kind of "inconvenient facts" her toe-the-line, head-in-the-sand followers choose to ignore.

    July 9, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. geecee

    What's this about rationining healthcare only now when the new Healthcare Reform Act goes into effect? Health care is constantly rationed. You think a sick person gets anything they want now, or in the past? Never happened. So that won't be changing. The insurance companies have ALWAYS picked and chosen what they will pay for. Where have you t-baggers been the past 30 years?? You just latch onto something and won't let go will you? Palin, Bachmann, Angle - are just fearmongers feeding you scared, paranoid, ill-informed Limbots. You just eat that stuff up, don't you?

    July 9, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Jack

    Remember the Alamo's comment is dead wrong. My mom is 93 and had serious, expensive surgery and had no problem with Medicare coverage. The doctor made the recommendation, Medicare said fine. These people knocking Medicare and Healthcare reform don't know what they're talking about. It's all wild speculation and fear-mongering. Show me the facts. Just because you might want a multimillion dollar medical procedure that may not work, don't blame Medicare for turning it down. I don't want my tax dollars being spent on procedures that don't work. In the new healthcare reform you will have the option of keeping your health insurance. If you're going to rant and rave, do it at them. But I guess you wouldn't–they're a busness, afterall, and businesses have your best interest at heart..

    July 9, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. turtlecat

    Where was this honesty and introspection while they were still in office? The Republican's cult-like obedience to message is unbelievable. I bet a lot of republicans actually agree with these two, but none of them are ever going to come out and say something. They govern based on an ethos of fear because they are consumed by fear – fear of the radical right. They are textbook cowards – talk tough when the cameras are on and cry themselves to sleep at night.

    July 9, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Rob

    Why do all Republicans look alike?

    Anway, Caribou Barbie is a piece of trash. Stupid trash.

    HA!

    July 9, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. TOM

    I really find it funny how people are so quick it bash palin. This guy lost by 42 points in the primary. if palin had that kind of power she would rule the world. And for people that say she is stupid i would love to meet them. she has made millions and became very famous. what have you done besides sat at home waiting for your welfare check? i do not think palin is the best thing since sliced bread, but we see how this joke of a president is doing. we sure do get a lot of change from him. everytime you ask a question they change the subject.

    July 9, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Tam

    She's not a "leader" of anything or anyone! A sad excuse of a life.

    July 9, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    MY HERO!!!!! Maybe this will start a trend of Republicans telling the truth and not bowing to the likes of Palin and Rush and Beck. Thank you for speaking out sir. The people that follow Palin are the low information voters, the hate filled wack jobs, white, and easily convinced of non-truths. This gives me hope people on both sides are seeing this horrible woman for what she really is. She will be her own down fall and by 2012 she will be just a memory.

    July 9, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. dom

    All these tea baggers claiming there are death panels in the new HCR bill have been made fools of by Palin, Beck, Rush, Bachman and the rest of the hatemongers. Where have you all been when your private insurance denies you care JUST BECAUSE they can? Medicare and CMS are patient advocates – they go after provider fraud. Your BC/BS CEO only cares about keeping as much as your premium as they can.

    Sometimes I wonder if the Tea Party movement is some front for the wealthy class in this country to keep their taxes low, stop regulating their greedy businesses and make sure they keep getting their huge bonuses. And they have tricked and duped ignorant and scared (and racist) conservatives into thinking they are for REAL Americans.

    Naw, they wouldn't do that right?

    July 9, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. David

    It appears there is no longer any room in the GObP for moderates.

    Big tent my rear...

    July 9, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Realistic

    What will happen if the republicans don't come out of the mid-terms election with a wide of victory as they are claiming is going to happen?

    A. They will turn on eachother with more ferocity than ever.

    B. Armed insurrection.

    C. Invite all republicans to a shin-dig and take out the machine gun and take them all out and start over.

    D. Proclaim a left wing conspiracy and go on hunting spree(Cheney is invited of course)

    E. Move to Texas, delcare Texas a seperate country and.....

    F. All of the above

    July 9, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. normajean

    If this Republican gentleman were to turn up on my ballot, I would vote for him no matter what he was running for. I have finally found a Republican that I feel I could trust to be honest and who cares enough about his country to say some thing about the lies and deviousness of the Republican party.Where have you been? Are there more like you?A number of the comments on this page are not only incorrect, but are out and out lies. I am of an age that if there were death panels in my insurance plan, I'd sure know it and there are NOT, GOT IT? THERE ARE NOT!SOME OF YOU PEOPLE WOULD BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU HEAR BECAUSE YOU DON'T BOTHER TO READ UP AND FIND OUT WHAT IS TRUE AND WHAT IS A LIE. WAKE UP DUMMIES.

    July 9, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Kiros Mn

    Remember the Alamo, you must be writing from your mother’s womb. Your thoughts and your brain size are just like a 3 and half month’s old fetus.

    July 9, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Zaggs

    I love the attempted undercover Obamatons like Carli. "I'm independent but republicans allow whacko's to design their agenda while democrats are sugar and spice and think for themselves". Bull. Obama is the product of the far left. All the democrats are following the far left. State run health care, Cap and Trade, card check, etc, etc are all products of the far left. Where as those evil tea partiers want less government spending. Wow how radical. They want to know who is crossing our borders. Strangely enough all these ideas meet with resounding approval from the american people.

    July 9, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. jim

    No wonder this guy lost by a margain of 42% vote.He's more in line with democrats and the people that support Obama.

    July 9, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. peggy

    So, Palin is a lier. Is this news? We all know she is a big fat lier.
    She quit her job in Alaska to make more money. She loves the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ :)

    In order for her make more mony, she lies.

    July 9, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Big_D

    The GOP is becoming really big to a small number of bigots and flat earth folks. Even the moderate GOP is starting to get the idea of how small and bigoted and dishonest the tea party is making the GOP. I say dishonest because everyone knows the Bush administration has the lion’s share of the responsibility for the debt but they didn't protest him. 12 trillion of the 13 trillion in debt originated from Bush no matter how nifty they lie about it at the tea party meetings.

    July 9, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. mfhpr

    remember the alamo:

    so for 50yrs you were an idiot and now you're not...hmmm...who actually deemed you NOT an idiot? was it rush, sarah or glen? perhaps...

    are you saying that you used to be a truth-teller but have had to resort to lying to convince people of your "caring and human" soul? and that you used to have a heart, but that doesn't matter anymore? you used to care about intellect but now have faith only in fear-mongering? and last, but certainly not least, bush told all of us the truth all the time, correct??? okay, you've convinced me to go from independent to far right. thank you.

    July 9, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Jay

    Mr. Inglis: Thanks for speaking the truth and telling it like it is!!! Hopefully, there will be others who will be able to recognize the truth, make decisions based upon the facts, and work toward achieving the best that is in the interest of the country. We need the Democrat and Republican policitans working together for its citizens and for the good of the country.

    July 9, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He speaks well, and more importantly, what should be going on within the American public. We need rational and considerate people talking about the issues. We need people to agree to disagree. We also need people to learn how to compromise. It isn't enough to say that I respect you but think you are wrong. We need people who understand that we need to meet in the middle.

    July 9, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. larry

    it's too bad that these republicans grow a pair when they are about to leave office.

    July 9, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. KImberly

    DUH! Palin is nothing more than an UNEDUCATED twit! She was governor of a state with less people than most MID size cities for less than 2 years, she lies every time she opens her ignorant mouth, and FYI, when she was praying to be VP (BWAHHH) she not only wanted Alaska to NOT be part of the US, and her husband was a member of that party, (still is) HALF the damn state didnt know she was governor! SO, basically, she ran wasilla into the ground, and has NO idea how to lead, and finally, the right is speaking out against her!

    July 9, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. Minnesotan

    Amazing. A Republican speaking the truth. Too bad it took his getting bounced from office to finally start speaking the Ugly Truth about the GOP.

    July 9, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Roger

    RE: Remember the Alamo
    TAKE IT FROM THIS ONE WHO WAS A DEMOCRAT FOR FIFTY YEARS. BUTWHEN THERE IS NO MORE GOD iIN GOVERNMENT

    This statement says it all about the wingnuts...................since when was God supposed to be in the government.

    July 9, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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