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. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Remember the Alamo - good bye and good riddance! You are a teabagging moron of the first order. The [D]s are better for your already having left them, and America will also be the better when you make your advertised cowardly retreat. Say 'hi' to bin Laden when you get to where you are going.

    July 9, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. mfhpr

    Carli-Seattle...I like it! Nice!

    July 9, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    GDMS- you sound like such an idiot! Really, learn some facts.

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

    YOU HIT THE NAIL SQUARE ON THE HEAD , , , , , BUT , , , , ,

    . . . . Congressman Inglis you waited until you had nothing to lose before you spoke to truth.

    July 9, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Juan Jimenez

    What repukes like Palin don't understand is that there is a difference between wit and intelligence. Anybody can open their mouth and get someone's attention. It takes more than that to be a leader.

    July 9, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Missy

    When you lose by 42 points, you've got a far bigger problem than Sarah Palin. The time to have made his feelings known in a legitimate way would've been prior to the election, not after he's already lost. Sounds like sour grapes, even if some of the criticism is warranted.

    July 9, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    is he sure he really wanted to let this slip out? I don't think I have EVER heard a Republican be critical of Sarah Palin and call her out on the falsehood she tells. Expect to be torn down by Boss Limbaugh sir, called a RINO and have Sarah whine that it's the evil left wing media that has gotten to you to say such things.

    July 9, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. JOhn

    This what happens when your party is willing to say and do anything for votes. You let this monster loose on the rest of us for cheap poll points and now "the chickens have come home to roost"!

    Palin will continue to be the Boar anchor around the Neck of teh GOP unit the finally denounce her and her for of polticis. Problem there is that is all they have. They can't run on ideas, they have none, they can't run on policy, everyone still suffering from their last attempt. SO they will keep on lieing and keep on paying for it.

    July 9, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. J Moyer

    Good riddance, FORMER Representative! You vote in favor of bad legislation, and then spout sour grapes when your constituents hold you accountable for bad choices?!? Best of luck finding a real job off the government dole.

    July 9, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Ben

    Hey Inglis: You lost. Shut up and get over it. Don't blame Palin for your problems. Look in the mirror.

    July 9, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Rile

    When the great satan is running the country trying to be bipartisan like Inglis will get you hammered by 42 points in a primary. Sorry as Bob Inglis is a nice guy but fence sitters in a conservative district are toast. This is just the start.

    July 9, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. TTBALA

    @ GDM S,
    ARe you an idiot or what, this is all you expect rom a republican, this country did not go down or was ruined under OBAMA, your IDIOT Bush & Cheney ruined this country you stupid, it is in the open for all to see, are you guys so beyond stupid that instead of shutting up blame someone else, this President is doing what is humanley possible to give you YOU a semi normal life after your precious Bush took it away from you, hey you dont like it leave go and leave somewhere else, this country is not for the likes of you and your party.

    July 9, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Jack in Des Moines, IA

    A correction to this story is required: Sarah Palin did not coin the phrase "death panels". That honor goes to Republican Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. Palin merely repeated it ad nauseum every chance she got.

    July 9, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. MartyinLA

    He forgot the key GOP talking points:


    July 9, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Ben

    Brian – "Who is Sarah Palin? I get the impression she is some nobody who has insinuated herself into politics."

    No, Brian. She's a wonderful lady who's a whole lot smarter, apparently, than you are.

    July 9, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Jilli

    The gentleman is correct. Snark and bumpersticker slogans don't solve problems. Fear mongering has become the consistent MO of the republican party – the results of their efforts...failed policy, a failed economy, and deep division in the country. Pathetic

    July 9, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    That woman, Palin, is an IDIOT.

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

    duck fallas...now THAT'S funny! thank you! it's is so refreshing to hear someone else shout out to the blind that medicare and SS are social forms of human mgmt!!! crazy how people refuse to realize reality that has surrounded them their entire lives! socialism...we all live it in one form or another, whether we want to or not...

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

    Any party that ostracizes members for believing in evolution has big problems. If you think we need segregation, an end to Social Security and Medicare, and industry without any regulation including those that keep them from just stealing your money, vote republican.

    July 9, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Finally!

    It is about time that real Republicans start fighting back against the Sarah Palins and other GOP extremists who have done so much to damage a once great party.

    July 9, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. once upon a horse

    you know what's going to be REALLY funny is some of the comments from right wing conservatives that post here because he "turned" on them. The so-called REAL conservatives LOL!!!

    July 9, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. pete

    where was all this leadership he talks about when sara spewing her drivel. why didn't he stand up to her then?

    July 9, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Tony in Maine

    We need more people like Bob Inglis, not fewer.

    I'm a lifelong liberal Democrat – actually approach democratic socialism (gasp) in some of my beliefs. But, we of the left need an opposition to keep us honest too. Without it, we would be almost as bloated with arrogance is Limberger.

    Just prior to the Civil War, there was a political upheaval resulting in the death of Whigdumb and the birt of the Republican Party. Perhaps we're about to see another such upheaval.

    July 9, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Amused inTN

    This is fascinating to see the Minority party turn and gut its own folk. Keep it up Sarah. You are the best thing to happen to the Democratic party since Bush. Keep talking. Please.
    Between Mr. Steel and Mrs. Palin, the GOP will charge ahead...right into 1927.
    Anyway, thanks for the smiles. I chuckle every time you speak. See, I have a problem. I THINK, and I REMEMBER beyond 3 days ago. Its fun to play "watch the flip flop"

    July 9, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. pflatman

    I hope she replaces Steele as the GOP chair, to truly show America and the world what Republican leadership has become.

    July 9, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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