Friday, July 09, 2010

When GOPpers Turn

I saw Stephen Colbert attempting to give the "Colbert Bump" to Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) a few weeks ago, but it didn't work and Inglis, a staunch but not insane conservative incumbent lost his GOP nomination to a teabagger due to having actually worked on legislation with Dems to get things done.

Well, a GOPper scorned is one who tells the truth:

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.

"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.'"

Nice -- free to go up against Evil Sarah. Equally free to go after the inherent racism of so much enmity towards our first (half) African-American President:

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.

Wow, Bob Inglis, dare I say...morphing into the type of Republican I could vote for?

Too bad the extremists, charlatans and revival tent hucksters are leading his party now.

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