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. WildMontana

    It's unfortunate that the GOP is weeding out its moderate members in favor of politicians whose careers are based on one-liner inflammatory catch phrases. No substance whatsoever.

    We need leadership, not fear mongering. We need politicians who will try to reach across the aisle to solve our problems. Nowadays, if a GOP member is seen even speaking constructively to a Democrat, they are vilified and voted out of office. We'll never get anywhere like this.

    July 9, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Discernment

    SARAH PALIN = Half term governor of the smallest populace State in the Union, , , , , who dropped her commitment to make millions on a speaking tour.

    July 9, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Sour grapes ... we are accountable for our own actions (and votes) ... finally I think the American people are waking up

    July 9, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    He's a republican who committed the cardinal sin in the GOP, he told the Truth! As far as Half Gov. Palin, she's been doing the lowest form of political leadership right from the start. She won't stop the fear lies until real republicans (is there's any left) stand up and say enough of the lies, lets work for the American people. I wouldn't hold your breath though.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    July 9, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC

    The Reupublicans have no leadership but they have those who live in the gutter of nasty and vile political games.
    Like Michael Steele said yesterday – oh so true- all Republicans care about is "winning". To hell with the People and the nation. Republicans have no shame and have no honor on how low they will go in falsely attacking those who don't agree with them. They are the real facists.
    This Party of Corporations is one giant mess and has lost all character, integrity, and human decency. They have no American value I recognize.
    We must keep ALL Republicans out of office in November so we can restore our nation and keep moving forward. Let the Republicans just stew in their hate and self-destruct,

    July 9, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Dude

    Those panels already exist within insurers and private health plans. The difference is they are behind closed doors and there is no effective way to appeal their decisions.

    July 9, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    just seems to me that the republicans that believed the "death panel" speel probably have an IQ of about 60 and listen to fox – who spreads the republican hate mongering to those who sit and listen then believe as they are told to believe. we elected president obama and i think you'll find that "we" are just sitting back chuckling at all the idiocy and will re-elect him next term. i'm just saying...

    July 9, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    This is a clear example of Republicans reaping what they sow. It's okay to cheer on the "idiot circus" when it's good for you, but when it comes around and you loose a primary because of the lies and deception they spew – well that's a different story.

    Those of us (73%) who don't worship fox media and hate radio know and have known (remeber how Obama won big?) Palin is a dangerous buffoon – and it is good that some of the Republicans have gotten honest with that fact as well.

    July 9, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Bill

    We interrupt this ongoing spew of vile and hate from the party of empathy , as well as knee jerk attacks on all things Palin and Republican, to take a moment to read up on the recess appointee Obama just made.

    Before I have to endure the retort that everyone does it, the criteria for recess appointmnets is, 1) They have been in commitee forever without allowing an up or down vote 2) It is an emergency 3) Congress is in some extended recess period. This appointment meets none of those criteria. So why does it need to bypass a heavily Democratic congress. Perhaps because he is blatently socialist.

    You argue that the Health care plans not perfect, but its better than existing and we need to see how it works to find out whats in it. Yet the person Obama appoints to oversee it openly praises the british system and says tthat a successful systems HAS to be redistributional and Has to have rationing. Tis British plan he loves so much is full of end of life care decisions based on formulas. (i.e. Death Panels) The Germans , who Obama based his model after, have this week announced they must raise all premiums and cut care due to the fact they cant afford their sociallized care.

    I dont think Palin should be President, but as this administrations policies unfold more and more, she is being proved more right than wrong.

    We now return you to the personal hate fest of those who can not defend ideas and policies. I apoligize to have to break it up by injecting rational thought based on facts.

    July 9, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. zig

    Bob you are exactly the trash we conservatives plan on throwing out in Nov. It's not a dem / repub thing it's a leftest / conservative thing and I am willing to bet that we conservatives will weed out the rest of the republicans that seem to think tha constitution is nothing more than a piece of paper you wipe your ass with!!

    July 9, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Discernment

    Sarah Palin = Female version of Damian

    July 9, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. G.

    ATTENTION:2 hit songs off the hit album 'I can see Russia' hit the top 10 this week.'Remember in November' hit #3 while 'Just vote them out' topped the charts at #1 by the 1 hit wonder band...
    Failin Palin and the Fleabaggers

    July 9, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Mickey, NY

    I think Democrats...Liberals in general...are more intelligent than Republicans, and especially Conservatives.

    GOP: Domestic terrorists

    July 9, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. G-Man

    It is good that he is gone. If he is not as conservative as the other. Good bye to him.

    July 9, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. True Conservative

    Sarah Palin is a true American. She is protecting the True America, the White Right Wing Christian Conservative Republican from all those other people. Those other peopel is destroying greatest Country in the world, the United States of America.

    We built America, not those other people. Bob, your traitor to your party, your race, and Christians. Sarah Palin is protecting God's people, New Chosen People. Remember, everytime Sarah Palin speaks, you hear God Almighty. Only the Chosen can hear the truth, those other people can't hear God through Palin.

    Good Bless Sarah Palin, Disciple of Jesus Return to Earth.

    July 9, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. W.N. Sanabria, Escondido, CA

    Now that the Tea Partiers are getting their candidates into the general election, they're discovering that they can't get elected with just the radical right vote. So Rand & Sharon have to start backing away from their previous positions, and it's all explainable because they have to be able to "govern". Isn't that the same situation that they punished their own incumbents for, trying to work with the opposition party? Please explain how this is any different? It sure looks like good old fashioned hypocrisy from here.

    July 9, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Katy

    The term "Death panel" is very nearly an accurate term. My spouse is a hospital administrator over a couple of large hospitals. End of life decisions are frequently made by an "Ethics Panel" that jointly decide the amount of additional healthcare a specific person will receive. These "Ethics Panel" discussions are simple "just the facts" meetings. It is a cost / benefit analysis (the expected benefit to the person versus the cost to the hospital). This is because Medicare and Medicaid do not cover the full costs of procedures, indigents and illegal alliens use expensive emergency rooms for minor to major issues, and the hospital must cover the expense by passing on costs to full-pay customers.

    Under the new healthcare law, the "Ethics Panels" have a lower bar (meaning more patients are now subject to the cost / benefit analysis) for making end of life decisions. So, calling the "Ethics Panel" a "Death Panel" is clearly a valid comparison because it deals with the death of a patient and just how long life will be preserved.

    July 9, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    charlie in maine wake up ... what has obama said he would do, what has he done and when he does something ... lind of like the ol' chicago style ... maybe to cold in maine to get rid of brain freeze

    July 9, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. nathan

    When are you all on the right going to get a credible opponent for our terrific president for 2010? Right now you have ZERO shot and its killing you.

    July 9, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Spuds

    To commented WBN – can you provide us with the exact location and language for your claim 'The new health bill is clear that givernment officials will be involved in the "group" making life and death decisions, determining if the patient's age and condition merit the expense of hitherto normal treatments and procedures.' SInce it appears u have read the whole a page number would be nice.

    July 9, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Shaik from OR

    This day and age, being a conservative is not the Goldwater variety – he actually had ideas, beliefs and values....even if you did not agree with him.
    Today, being conservative is to instill fear and anger....and just say "no" to anything Obama and the Dems propose. It is a bankrupt party....including the tea baggers! It is a party hijacked by Palin, Limbaugh and Beck.

    July 9, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Matty

    You have to love people and their fear of "death panels". These are the same people who believe the second amendment is being abolished, when in actually during the Obama administration the amendment has gained strength. People love to fear things they haven't read, seen, or experienced yet.

    July 9, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. PalinIsIdiot

    Does anyone realize that this woman – Sarah Palin is using Media and all of you to get rich? This woman was made instant celebrity by Republican and then she quits her job in middle of her Governership term..! This woman saw opportunity to make money and get rich at the expense of all Americans! Wakeup folks! Stop promoting this woman!

    July 9, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Stephenson Billings

    Who is this guy? Never heard of him! It's so sad he's trying to add some juice to his career by attacking one of America's greatest political heroes. God bless you Sarah! Keep America strong!

    July 9, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Al in Houston

    Inglis was just one of the early Repubs. to be hijacked by the fear mongerers in the party. I used to vote Repub, but never will again.

    And death panel believers have trouble with accepting the truth........that there is/will not be death panels. Wait......look up......quick......they sky is falling!

    July 9, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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