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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/08/art.inglis.gi.jpg caption ="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. Las930

    The health care bill did not establish death panels. We have had death panels for a long time. They are called hospitals. They decide whether you get additional care. They decide if you live or die.

    July 9, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Phillip Bias

    Obviously he is to stupid to understand. Hay idiot either do what we say and not what you think, or loose your seat to someone who will. Oh thats right you allready have...Good ! SO either the GOP moves right and i mean way right or the teabaggers will send you packing too.
    And i know you aint smart enough to get it so by by baby

    July 9, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Pat

    I have TWO words for sarah palin, and I suggest strongly that she pay attention to them: anita bryant!

    July 9, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Gene Hubbard

    Sounds like a sore loser to me.

    July 9, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. BSH

    Okay, Palin is an idiot, but that doesn't mean that Inglis isn't also an idiot. He voted for TARP, how could he expect anything other than a primary challenge with a likely loss? TARP sucked, just like the "health care" bill. Every member of congress who voted for those two turkeys is on extremely thin electoral ice.

    July 9, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Katy

    Republicans attacking republicans = political implosion that will benefit the Democrats. The only possible reason for Rep. Bob Inglis attacking another Republican is an immature and childish response to losing his seat. The "take away" from Rep. Bob Inglis statements indicate that he should have never been voted into office to begin with. If he didn't have the courage or huevos to make the statements while in office, he has no credibility or integrity when making them after becoming a loser.

    July 9, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |

    Palin is dumb scum

    July 9, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Steve (the real one)

    Death Panels? Lets see. Who is the new medicare/medicaid administrator? You know, the guy who was just recess appointed! The guy who lusts after the European model, which has care rationed and determined by a government panel! Yeah, THAT guy! Oh well!

    July 9, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. DontGetIt

    The way I understand it is that only people that believe that there are death panels will be subject to them. As an Obama supporter, I firmly believe that there are no death penalties, but it seems that several of the teabaggers and Palin sycophants (look it up) believe there will be death panels. Oh well, you get the health care you believe in.

    July 9, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. popnsa

    That woman is an idiot.

    July 9, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Bubba

    So I guess now he's a RINO? Drum him out of the Party! Wait until Rush takes him down a few notches, he'll be wishing for a death panel.

    July 9, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Eric

    Good riddance to bad rubbish

    July 9, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Shucks

    How sad, but we "real Americans" already know that the republican party has stooped so low they have to look up to see a snakes belly. All you have to do is listen to them. They are moronic in everything they say. They speak in nothing, and I really mean nothing but sound bites. There isn't a fresh idea in any single one that is endorsed by candidates that could turn the party around and make it respectable again. Of course the democrats know there will be some casualties in the coming election. Parties become complacent when there leadership is at the helm. Problem is that if too many of these ultra conservatives get into office, you will see total stop to anything being accomplished in washington for years to come.

    July 9, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    Right on Tibala!!! This guy is such an idiot along with the other ones with the infantile names such as "obummer, obozo, nobummer, etc." This is the repulican party at its best. Now we can see why Palin is so popular among them. Hey Palin followers, ever get the impression you are greatly out numbered in these comments? More against her than for her!!! Love it.

    July 9, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. dallasmarine

    Since when did Fox Opinions become CNN forum discussions? Mr Inglis is one of the last few Republicans who still has his cajones for speaking up against bs lies.

    July 9, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Barry

    The Republican extremism is killing their own party and alienating former supporters (like me). People who believe in death panels also believe that Saddam Hussein attacked the WTC. They cling to self-beliefs. They are fearful, ignorant people who are easily manipulated by propagandists like Palin. It's sad.

    July 9, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |

    As a democrat I love to see Palinrepugents take over,these people are so outragesouly to the far right only a handful of nut cases will support them in real elections,here in California Whitman and Fiorni are trying to distance themselves as much as possible from the Palin,s of the party, going so far to say the immigration law in Arizona is bad, to try and get the Latino vote, ain,t gonna happen they can see right thru them. These next two years are going to be like a soap opera, As the Republicans turn into dust.

    July 9, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. eree

    And you have never been denied coverage by your insurance company? What's the difference?

    July 9, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Ted

    How come these repukelicans out of power can talk? Because Boner and McConnell have told their compatriots in DC to shut up and say NO to every idea Obama/Dems come up with. FACT. All of you Repubthugs suck. You are all racists. You have no ideas. All you want to do is to scare the citizenry with your lies and made up stories. YOU support the idiots such as Palin and Angle and the rest of the morons.

    July 9, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. AndNowHeOnlyEatsGuitars

    What a crybaby. You're done, Bob. And Sarah Palin's future never looked brighter.


    July 9, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. valwayne

    Rep Inglis seems to be expressing a severe case of sour grapes. His problem isn't really with Gov Palin, but with the primary voters who sent him packing. As for his complaint about Death Panels, Rep Inglis sounds like Obama. We all know there was nothing in the bill labeled "Death Panels". However, the bill does call for a board which will determine what medical procedures/treatement will be covered and which will not. They will indeed make decision based on what they consider to be cost effectiveness measures that will mean life or death for those who need treatment to survive. When they decide a treatment is not cost effective it will mean death to those they refuse to cover. So death panels isn't really that bad a discription. Also when Republicans start sounding like Democrats after they are defeated its isn't hard to understand why Republican primary voters gave them the boot.

    July 9, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Tina

    Anyone not in the healthcare industry has no clue. "Rationing" has been going on for years in the insurance industry, it has many names, and disguise's; Is your treatment "medically necessary" in our big insurance manuel, you need to "pre-certify" your hospital visit, let one of our insurance nurses review your case, "utilization review" , let one of our nurses manage your disease, "disease management". and I can go on and on...just read your insurance booklet its all there people!

    July 9, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. dom

    "Actually, the bill does alter the way that seniors get care......converting seniors from mostly medicare, to mostly private insurance plans that they must pay for.

    Since most will be unable to pay, that amounts to a death sentence for them, and the death panels phrase is not far off the mark at all, as some bureaucrat is going to be passing judgment on the services they can receive."

    Rick McD – this is just wrong and another example of how misinformation gets pushed into the mainstream. The HCR wants to get rid of Medicare FFS plans that were put into place by Bush – essentially Medicare coverage that was contracted out to PRIVATE insurance companies. This was a huge fail, with senior citizens being stuck with huge co-insurances fees and deductibles, and the insurance companies pocketing the benefits. Seniors on Medicare already pay out of pocket for Part B benefits – the coverage for doctors – and they always have. Nothing will change, except for those senior citizens who were being fleeced by the contractors. They will probably go back on Medicare and have to chose a supplemental plan that covers the other 20% (Medicare only covers 80%) – or chose a HMO or PPO that covers both. Just like every other senior citizen in America. This is how Medicare has been run since it's inception – but because it's explained in detail in the new HCR bill, all of of sudden Obama is taxing our seniors to death. And don't look now but a bureaucrat is rationing YOUR healthcare as we speak.

    July 9, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Where was this guy when the lies were spewing from palins mouth like the Deepwater Horizon?

    July 9, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. AEJ

    Remember when John McCain brought her out of the wilderness on stage, she never even had clothes to wear. She is such a dumb bell.

    July 9, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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