September 21st, 2010
10:24 AM ET
4 years ago

Inglis on losing to Tea Party, where GOP went wrong

Christine O'Donnell’s surprise win in Delaware is sending shock waves through the GOP. O’Donnell is just one of several Tea Party success stories, which some say is threatening the existence of the moderate Republican.

Republican Congressman Bob Inglis, who lost his primary in June to a Tea Party candidate, is now speaking out against the Republican Party. Inglis spoke to CNN's John Roberts on "American Morning" about where things may have gone wrong for himself and the rest of the GOP.

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  1. Liz the First

    What it shows is that there are some seriously wacko voters out there and their numbers are growing. this doesn't bode well for the survival of our country. the sane, rational folks need to get out and vote in droves or this country won't survive. things are improving but if we don't keep a Democratic congress, we'll do a complete 180 and head back to the cliff. and there may be nothing to keep us from going over that cliff this time.

    September 21, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. John

    The REPUBLICAN PARTY don't who in charge,Saran Palin,Glenn,or the TEA PARTY. The GOP back one person and Saran Palin and the Tea party back another. It divide the REPUBLICAN PARTY in half,and you people think you can run American you can't even run your party.

    September 21, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Jerry

    Just another sore loser that was not delighting his constituents, this moron would probably blame the stove for a bad meal.

    September 21, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. dano

    I'll tell you exactly where the GOP went wrong, Mr. Inglis. It was when they allowed McCain to choose Caribou Barbie as his VP. It was when they started accepting the tea-bagger's money and pandering to them rather than denouncing them for the lunaitc fringe they are. Now they're trying to hijack the party and the old guard is afraid of them. You reap what you sow.

    September 21, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    Rino's beware, we are coming for you

    September 21, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. beth

    I hope they are driving out the moderates...that's more votes for the democrats. The Tea Party needs to be its own party.

    September 21, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Jay

    Very well said. The Tea Party is a joke!

    September 21, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. rs

    Why is this even a question? Since the mid 2000s, the Republicans generally have turned hard right. How hard? Cap and Trade was a Republican plan put forward by McCain Palin. Now, not so much. Ending Don't Ask Don't Tell- high on McCain's list of to do's in the '90s, now a culture war benchmark. Republicans for smaller government? Not after GW Bush. Get government out of our lives? Not if you are talking about gays, non-Christians, or other non-Republican base populations. The Republican Party couldn't accept Reagan today, and would have drummed Nixon out as a Leftie. The Tea Party has only made this situation come faster and worse. Who would dream in a modern America that politicians would talk openly about ending Social Security and Medicare (while nation-building in Afghanistan to the tune of $10 billion a monnth was O.K.?). The Tea Party wants to rend the Constitution stripping out pieces and parts of the 14th and 17 Amendments; would undo the Civil Rights Act; Amercians with disabilities Act. In other words- they are WAY too radical for America.

    September 21, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Marty, FL

    While moderates and independents may have been willing to consider the GOP this election, many of us look at these tea candidates and realize that is simply too far right for governing consideration.

    The tea may have worked for the primary, but moderates and independents are in the general election amazed at these tea extreme positions–no choice for rape victims, overturning civil rights & protections for the disabled, satanic ritual, outlawing alcohol, eliminating SS & Medicare benefits for our seniors, etc. No thanks.

    September 21, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Obozo VooDoo Economics 101: Spend your way to prosperity, tax your way out of recession.

    which some say is threatening the existence of the moderate republican.
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    Correction... Threatening the existence of BIG GOVERNMENT Republicans! Castle's downfall was his support for Cap and Trade. Support Obama's socialist programs, bye bye job.

    September 21, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Lucas

    I saw that and it just made Inglis look ridiculous – sour grapes. I don't know anyone that calls Obama and Muslim or a Soclialist – what a bunch of baloney. He sounds like these libs every days shouting racism because you think someone who happens to be black is doing a terrible job being President. Just driving us farther apart.

    September 21, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. samuel

    how i wish these voices of sanity are upheld. this is one classy and respectful replublican who desserves support... democrats are not his enemies but simply his countrymen with whom he may disaggree but recognises they must still work together for AMERICA,S GOOD. this is the patriot and not the extreme tea party playing on fear race baiting and hatred. well said congressman.

    September 21, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Snow

    What went wrong was Inglas voting in lock step with the demorats. We have had enough of politicans throwing tax payer money away on stupid things like obama closing off shore drilling but then giving Mexico billions of dollars to help them drill in deep water where the US was drilling. Mexico already exports oil and now we are paying them to export more. How stupid can this administration be? obama is making President Bush look like a rocket scientist.

    September 21, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. The Tea Party is another Koch Brothers Product

    You call getting a total moron a sucess story?

    September 21, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Moosehead

    Isn't it a shame, that this man,.. a seemingly decent Republican gets swept aside by radical forces, lies and distortions. Shame on you South Carolina voters. But ..why am i surprised?

    September 21, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. MK

    All these people do is spew hate and bias. Let's see their real platform when the real work begins.

    September 21, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Jeff in DC

    As a left-of-center person, I have to say it's refreshing to hear this guy. "Obama's left of center, I'm right of center, and that's ok, we can have a debate." It really is too bad he got knocked out. At this point I'll vote for anyone who shuns hyperbole. it's nice to be able to say, I disagree with him on a few things, but darn it, I respect the man. everyone else should give that a try.

    September 21, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. PREDICTA

    The shift to the right is coming. People had jobs and money under republican leadership. Now they have bankruptcy and homelessness. They will vote accordingly.

    September 21, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. montag

    OMIGOD! A sane, rational Republican! No wonder the GOP forced him out. Inglis passed the mental.

    September 21, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Ken, AZ

    Inglis is the most sensible republican taht has spoken out yet. And we still don't hear any concrete solutions from the tea baggers or the establishment republicans. TELL US PRECISELY WHAT YOU WILL DO IF YOU HAVE CONTROL. Obviously republicans think that Democrats are much better at providing solutions since they expect the Dems to fix in two years what it took them 8 years to destroy. And, do the republicans expect us to believe that they've learned anything in the two years that they've been in the minority? NOT!

    September 21, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Mikey

    Angle, Tancredo, Bachmann, Fox, Palladino, O'Donnell, Rand, Brewer – Clearly the inmates are on the verge of running the GOP asylum. If we elect this batch of fruitcakes, we deserve everything we get. In general, they want to force their own narrow religious views on the rest of us and cripple the U.S. government. They are the epitome of taking some common sense views to (and perhaps beyond) their illogical extremes.

    Notwithstanding the slow economic recovery, we have made some great strides in the last two years toward addressing several of the important long-term issues facing our country. Extremism is not the answer – not now, not ever.

    September 21, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Matt

    Democrats are funny. They 'hate' the tea party for cleaning up within the republican party and being involved in their own futures. Democrats and media loons are doing everything in their power to marginalize a movement that is trying to fix what is wrong in government - no responsibility.

    At least one party is trying to clean house. Democrats are keeping their corrupt, inept deadwood candidates (ex. Reid, Boxer, Rangel, Watters,...). Pelosi has a popularity of 11% and yet democrats keep voting her in.

    September 21, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Jimbo (the real one)

    The GOP establishment was happy to embrace the Tea Party until they realized too late that the Tea Party was preying on them too. Now people like Rove are being forced to support candidates they clearly don't believe in or face the wrath of Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity. As the saying goes, "be careful what you wish for..."

    September 21, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Alex

    Honest to God, if you read Hitler's biographies, there are so many parallels between the rise of Nazi idealogy and the Teabaggers ideology. They, Glenn Beck and SP are throwing around "Hitler" and "Nazi" – they really need to do some self reflecting.

    September 21, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. j

    The main driving force financing this party are the top 3% who do not want to give up their Bush tax breaks.

    September 21, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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