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. Palin needs a black boyfriend

    If you don't like the republicans that are in office now, wait until this next wave comes in. They will make Strom Thurman look like Gandi. They are fueled by the anger and frustration over the economy. They will say anything to get a vote no matter how big of a lie it is. Palin's Political Posion is an ounce of truth mixed with a gallon of lies.

    July 9, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. How's That Dopey, Mangey Thing Workin' For Ya, Sarah?

    And I might add, "lowest form of intelligence" to that list. That would be Sarah, not Trig.

    July 9, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. John

    It's common knowledge that Democrats sell hope and Republicans sell fear.

    July 9, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Stewart - Las Vegas

    Once again, CNN reporting "mis-information" just like FIX NEWS

    The TARP "troubled asset relief program" took effect while Bush was in Charge in 2008.

    This guy stood by his "party" and voted for Tarp just like the rest of the repugs did. Remember, John Mc Shame stopped his campaign to go to washington to assist?

    Then here comes the dingbat from Wasilla throwing everyone under the bus.

    If everyone simply registered as "independant, what would these knuckleheads do then huh?

    July 9, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. tag

    sounds like sour grapes....he is no republican.....that is why he lost....good riddence!

    July 9, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Dale

    Everyone keeps saying "sour grapes". To which I reply, what kind of a party is it where members aren't allowed to voice their true feelings? Why didn't he say this during the campaign? Because he would have been taken down by the GOP for being "unpure". Now that he is out, they can't kick him out and he is free to speak his mind. GOP has chosen to be an organization of "pure" white fogies who think moderates like myself are liberal.

    July 9, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. rdepontb

    Mr. Inglis,
    As several others have stated, it is quite unfortunate, if understandable these days, that you chose to wait until now to debunk the talk-show mentality that has swept through the Party. I hope you have the wherewithal to stand this new ground, and hope supporters from your state will come out in droves-before it is too late for all of us.

    July 9, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Bob of Lompoc

    Palin is a phony – he is correct. BUT, he and people like him, Bennett of Utah, etc., should have attacked her BEFORE they lost their seats. This looks like sour grapes. She was a phony before they lost and a phony after they lost – they just got to the station late and missed the train. Keep it up though – attack her and her "ideas". Her support is a mile wide and an inch deep. Go after her!

    July 9, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Boo-Yah

    It's refreshing that even a Republican can see how truly off the mark they've become as a Party. The GOP is now the Gotten Old Party.

    July 9, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Fred Riek

    I think Bob Bennett's words need to be heeded this November. The Republicans have lost their way very badly and are probably beyond redemption. The Tea Baggers have been the major reasson that most Republicans have lost any sense of reason. Bob stated: "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.

    July 9, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Basic math shows that to be a 71% – 29% defeat. And you're blaming Palin???? Sounds like a chronic case of sour grapes to me. Want some cheese to go with your whine?

    No cheese needed, Fair. Inglis has been saying this for two years now. In his defense of Palin, your Buddy Rush was all over Inglis' comments and vowed to take him down.

    That Rush succeeded speaks volumes of the power Rush holds within the GOP.

    July 9, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Are you kidding me?

    If it walks like a LOSER, talks like a LOSER, it's probably a ???????LOSER!!!!!!!!!!! It takes a LOSER to know a LOSER so I am inclined to think he might know a little of what he speaks. The problem is he knew it was all lies when she said all that crap and never said a word then. Now that he is a LOSER also, he wants to speak out. Typical GObP gameplan..... Keep up the good work President Obama!!

    July 9, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. tweety

    My how refreshing, a Republican willing to stick his neck against Falin' Palin.
    Its about time one her own speaks up about her Dip-sh!t-ness., outloud and public, instead of hiding and speaking up. You betcha!

    The ONLY good thing about Ms. Thing running for office would be to watch SNL and Tina Fey impersonating her....priceless.

    July 9, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. M. in CT

    To Dan G.

    Are you suggesting people are NOT dying needlessly TODAY because a "panel of administrators" (in this case, one employed by health insurance corporation and PAID to reject as many claims as possible) denies them care???

    Get real!! The Obama health care plan isn't perfect, but it's a heck of a lot better than what we had before, when countless of insured and uninsured Americans alike died when insurance companies refused to cover them or denied their legitimate claims because (gasp!) they might LOSE some money. I'll take a government administrator whose salary MY taxes pay over one paid by a health insurance corporation (whose primary obligation is to their shareholders, not patients) any day!

    July 9, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Zaggs

    Funny thing is, if Obamacare isn't going to ration health care why then did Obama himself give an example of rationing during that live town hall Q&A session with ABC when he told the daughter of a woman suffering from heart disease that pain pills would be better then a pace maker so long as his appointed doctors agreed that was the method the country would follow? Sorry but when Obama talks about panels of experts who are going to decide what is cost effective treatment for everyone else to follow, thats rationing. You cannot argue around that.

    July 9, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. GDMS

    Sarah Palin is smarter then any Democrat, see how they are destroying the country since they got into power in 2006. President Obama is the worst.

    July 9, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Mike

    Nothing like waiting till after the bill passed 4 months ago to say anything...doesn't anyone have any self respect anymore. I palin can't help it because she is stupid, but are they all stupid?

    July 9, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. A disgusted former Republican

    Palin is the ultimate Republican whore pandering to her base and spreading lies and fear. Republicans have nothing so they have to go with what they have.

    July 9, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    Speaking truth to political powers carries a heavy price. Just ask John the Baptist, the Dixie Chicks & Jesus Christ.

    July 9, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Dale

    By the way, a for profit death panel nearly killed my insured mom by dropping her insurance when she got cancer. She was employed and insured for many years. The she got sick, and her employer immediately let her go, and her insurance company dropped her. Rationing is real with the old pre-Obama system. But with the pre-Obama system, the guy doing the rationing gets a big bonus if he rations more.

    July 9, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. USA401

    I agree with Bob. I was hoping the party would drop fear tactics after the last election but it just seemed to get worse and we resorted to anger tactics instead for votes. It worked, which I guess is good, but it definitely is not the way to win voters.

    July 9, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Bob of Lompoc

    CNN, in the future, when you feature a politician, please list the State he/she is from. Many of us out here have not heard of some of these people. You name them and their Party, and whether they are in the U. S. House or Senate. We need to know the State, please.

    July 9, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    Finally, a Republican with a shred of common decency – maybe there's hope for us after all. Of course he lost his primary because of his views. But he's still out there. Thank God!

    The new Republican Party is tearing this country apart, using hate and fear, and some of us are too stupid to recognize it. They don't have a plan other than to turn us against each other. Then what?

    July 9, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. David in Seattle

    If you read about him, you will find that he is been a "fair and balanced" rep from SC. But the Republicans in their goal of gaining back control at any cost, have unleased the attack dogs like Palin. When all the talk about death panels came up, how many Republicans refuted those comments? Very few if any. Yes, they will regain power and continue the path of destroying the economy and the environment to keep them selves in power - and nobody either seems to notice or care.

    July 9, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. David H

    Remember the Alamo: Calling other people idiots? Just read his/her diatribe. Full of lies. Idiot? Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?

    July 9, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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