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. bettie

    These sensible Republicans need to leave the party and join the Democrats, who are actually trying to get something done.

    July 9, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Weep for America

    Funny how so many on here talk about all the distortions and lies coming from the GOP when its really distortions and lies from both parties. It seems when these mis-truths come from your own party you decline to complain about it because you are in agreement with them. Hypocrisy!

    Now, on to Ingles. The dude lost for the same reason the repubs lost the last 2 elections. They lost their way on govt spending and on what really makes this nation function. They turned a blind eye to the mortgage lenders because the thought of every American owning a home seemed like a win/win (both parties fail on this one). They lacked a real energy policy that moved us towards energy independence. They should have had one that did this in a business friendly and environmentally beneficial way and not the way O wants to ram it down our throats with C&T that will put millions more out of work.

    Repubs were mad at repubs because they had lost the responsible conservative ideals on those items that have impact on most of our lives. They were instead acting like dems in trying to spend all they could for their projects regardless of long term costs. Its true that many of the tea partiers seem a bit on the fringe but no more so then many on the left who are already in office.

    The people are hungry for change alright and this time it will work against the party in power as always. What the current dems don't seem to get is "IT'S THE ECONOMY STUPID" just as it is every time. O's focus should be jobs and nothing but jobs which in turn would give him the political power for his social agenda but he instead seems to think the other is far more important. Its either that or he and his staff and the dems for that matter really don't have a clue as to what to do about it. Either way, big dem losses coming this fall.

    July 9, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Swandog

    Let's see, Sarah Palin utterly bungles an interview with Katie Couric and proves she's never even read a paper. Doing so, she ends all hope for saving McCain's already sinking ship. Now, she's the voice of the Republican Party? Talk about catering to the lowest common denominator. I'm changing my registration to Libertarian. They'll never win but at least I won't be associated with Sarah Palin.

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

    After Sarah claimed her foreign policy experience was based on her ability to "see Russia from Alaska", I knew she was too stupid to lead this great country.

    The 300+ other stupid and idiotic statements she has made since John 'Maverick' McCain unloosed this wickedness on America, was more confirmation Sarah is the female version of Damian and Jezebel wrapped in one.

    July 9, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. mike

    see you this November dems

    July 9, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Doug

    He lost by 42 points and CNN interviewd him.............Why? I'd call that a misallocation of resources. Or are the Libs that desperate to find someone to say something bad about Sarah Palin? You be the judge.

    July 9, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. mfhpr


    so you're saying that republicans are the only Americans. huh, i had no idea that if the rest of us want to be American we have to follow the fear-monger machine, tote guns with us, own slaves (yes, our founding fathers owned slaves) and wish to live in the dark ages rather than to progress in life. and all this time i thought that since i was born here, raised here and lived only in the U.S. i was American. thanks for the heads-up. i'll revert to caveman status right way...

    July 9, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Discernment

    SARAH PALIN = Biblical version of Jezebel

    July 9, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Matty

    Palin, Paul, the crazy women in Nevada, these are the Tea Republicans of 2010. Its not a Republican party anymore. They defend and support the ramblings of these fear mongers and prey on the weak minded white majority. As liberals, we must make our Republican opponents choose what side they are on during this election time. Are they backing the end of the Dept. of Education? Do they support cutting medicare and social security. Do they support an end to the income tax? Do they believe in an armed revolt against the U.S.? These are questions voters will be asking this year and we will take notice of those Repubs who supported and never denounced the tea party's fanatical ideals. Then watch the flip flopping begin.

    July 9, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Charlie in Maine

    "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,"

    Refreshing to finally here a Republican tell the truth about the direction of the party. It is what we in Maine would call a "Margrett Chase Smith Moment". Alas our two "moderate" GOP Senators have been nowhere on the record: even as the Tea Party has taken over their State Platform.

    July 9, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    He lost his re-election bid, right? The best whines are made of sour grapes! Buh-Bye!

    July 9, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Nellie Bly, Minneapolis, MN

    Thank you, Rep. Inglis, for finally having the courage to speak out. It might be too late for you but maybe other GObPers will finally speak out against "Imbecilla from Wasilla" and the horrible, deceitful lies she spews forth.

    July 9, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. Jack in Des Moines, IA

    " Who is Sarah Palin? I get the impression she is some nobody who has insinuated herself into politics. " Brian, Brian, Brian. A little history 101 for you...Sarah Palin was a 1st term Governor of Alaska that nobody in the lower 48 had ever heard of until McCain chose her as his running mate. The liberal media went bonkos at her selection. After the election, they continued to go bonkos every time she opened her mouth, which ironically kept her name in the news. The more the liberal media carped, the more attention she got, and the more support she got from the hard right wingers. All this had made her "politically relevant"...don't blame me, I am just reporting the facts. Had they ignored her pot stirring comments, she would have blended in with the wall paper. It's kind of funny when you really think about it.

    July 9, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    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.

    Most seniors are fully aware of what the details of the bill are, and what that really does boil down to. Obama is sacrificing seniors for the poor.....pure and simple, in spite of the fact that seniors paid into medicare, expecting to be taken care of, in their declining years, and now they have paid the taxes, and must pay again, to buy private insurance.

    Inglis needs to do more homework, when he makes his comments. No wonder he lost his primary.

    July 9, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. conserv1

    This dude's middle name is Crist

    July 9, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. ART

    I think GDMS is living in an alternate universe or is just extremely stupid

    July 9, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. RAG

    Where was his outrage when he thought he was benefiting from it? His outrage now just shows how opportunistic he was before he lost. He is correct in pointing out the Partial Term Aborted Governor's moral corruption and factual dishonesty, but his timing puts him in the same moral toilet as she.

    July 9, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. normajean


    July 9, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Mark from Louisiana

    Actually the guy that obummer appointed while congress is in recess to be head of medicare & medicaid is in favor of not only death panels but redistribution of wealth by the health care system.

    July 9, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Dean

    When a panel determines that a member of your family cannot receive expensive medicine or treatments please remember that that scumbag Sarah Palin warned you...........You voted for Obama for change and you got it.

    July 9, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Ben

    Discernment – "SARAH PALIN = Biblical version of Jezebel"

    Clearly you can't discern anything. Get educated and get a clue.

    July 9, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Dude

    Like a dying sun, the GOP keeps imploding and shrinking

    July 9, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Davit

    Sanity may not have prevailed, but at least it has spoken.

    July 9, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. b yarbrough

    the reason inglis got beat is because he is such a dumb-ass... and here again he displays it... maybe he needs to be a democret!

    July 9, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Bob Dog

    Mr. Inglis seems like a thoughtful, hard working, and caring politician.

    There is no room for failures like this in the Sarah Palin's republican party!

    "Either crush the opposition with fear and lies, or get out of the way!!!"

    July 9, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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