Here's what Rep. Bob Inglis, (R-SC) an incumbent who was defeated in the GOP primary, had to say:
He cited a claim made famous by Palin that the Democratic health care bill would create "death panels" to decide whether elderly or sick people should get care.I would guess the Shia and Sunni line is going to get a little bit of play in the media, lame-stream and otherwise. Oh, and this buried quote might be discussed, too:
"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, one of three Republican incumbents who have lost their seats in Congress to primary and state party convention challengers this year. Inglis said voters eventually will discover that you're "preying on their fears" and turn away.
"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.'" Inglis said the rhetoric also distracts from the real problems that politicians should be trying to resolve, such as budget deficits and energy security.
"It's a real concern, because I think what we're doing is dividing the country into partisan camps that really look a lot like Shia and Sunni," he said, referring to the two predominant Islamic denominations that have feuded for centuries. "It's very difficult to come together to find solutions."
Inglis, 50, who calls himself a Jack Kemp disciple because he has emphasized outreach to minorities as the late Republican congressman did, thinks racism is a part of the vitriol directed at President Barack Obama. "I love the South. I'm a Southerner. But I can feel it," he said.The article also had an interesting background item:
Inglis was first elected in 1992 and left after six years to honor a term-limits pledge. But he won the seat again in 2004.He actually honored a term-limits pledge. Even Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) probably wouldn't have done that. Rep. Inglis has also appeared on The Colbert Report several times, he's a "friend of the show."
There must be others like Bob Inglis out there. The question is how long will the GOP media echo chamber and TEA Party activists prevent them from emerging.
UPDATE: David Corn at Mother Jones, Confessions of a Tea Party Casualty:
It was the middle of a tough primary contest, and Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) had convened a small meeting with donors who had contributed thousands of dollars to his previous campaigns. But this year, as Inglis faced a challenge from tea party-backed Republican candidates claiming Inglis wasn't sufficiently conservative, these donors hadn't ponied up. Inglis' task: Get them back on the team. "They were upset with me," Inglis recalls. "They are all Glenn Beck watchers." About 90 minutes into the meeting, as he remembers it, "They say, 'Bob, what don't you get? Barack Obama is a socialist, communist Marxist who wants to destroy the American economy so he can take over as dictator. Health care is part of that. And he wants to open up the Mexican border and turn [the US] into a Muslim nation.'" Inglis didn't know how to respond.Teatards want to turn this country into a Stupid nation. They must be stopped - by Second Amendment remedies if necessary. (See how ridiculous that sounds?)
Not only did Inglis abide by his term-limits pledge, he confessed that trying to destroy Bill Clinton was wrong:
I hated Bill Clinton. I wanted to destroy him. Then I had six years out [after leaving Congress in 1999] to look back on that, and now I would confess it as a sin. It is just wrong to want to destroy another human being and to spend so much time and effort trying to destroy Bill Clinton—some of it with really suspect information.[Typo of Inglis' name has been corrected. And more evidence that Inglis is reasonable: "Former Rep. Inglis to Launch Conservative Coalition to Address Climate Change", Jean Chemnick, New York Times, June 14, 2011. Wait, the GOP doesn't care about evidence or reason. Well, he might convince some moderates. - July, 2011]