What do Bob Inglis, Robert Bennett, Arlen Specter, Lincoln Chaffee have in common?
Three of these people will be joining Mr. Chaffee out of politics soon. Or actually out of elected office as Mr. Chaffee is running as an independent for governor of Rhode Island.
These are all people that have lost either in Republican primaries (Mr. Inglis and Sen. Bennett), switched parties to avoid defeat (Sen. Specter) and ran so far to the left no one could tell he was a Republican (Mr. Chaffee).
Count soon to be former congressman Bob Inglis in the garbage out category. The six-term South Carolina Republican unloaded against those Republicans in South Carolina that just said no.
Jimmie Bise over at Hotair.com has the goods on this reprobate. Remember, when people remind a politician that their votes mean something, such as voting for the TARP bank bailout, they are the bad ones. Not how said congressman voted.
Now Mr. Inglis says that the Republican party is being led by demagogues and talk-radio types. As if. And he pulls the ol' rabbit out of the hat when all else fails.
Here is Mr. Inglis lying about the infamous "spitting" incident against Black congressmen as the so-called health care "reform" vote was taking place:
Inglis said he was shocked during the health care votes as he watched protesters jeering Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who was beaten as a leading civil rights activist in the 1960s.
Inglis said he was too far away during the jeering incident to hear whether the protesters shouted racial epithets, as Lewis and other black lawmakers have claimed. But Inglis said the behavior was threatening and abusive.
“I caught him at the door and said, ‘John, I guess you’ve been here before,’” Inglis said.
First, the protesters were not jeering at Mr. Lewis specifically. They were hooting and hollering at the collective of Democrat congressmen making themselves a laughingstock. Remember, it was Speaker Jackass Nancy Pelosi walking with the Black congressmen with some ridiculous over sized gavel. The protesters were righteously angry with any supporter of the so-called health care "reform". And since by Mr. Inglis own admission, he was too far away to know anything that the protesters said or did. Yet he made a comment to Mr. Lewis trying to indicate that he knew what these people were all about.
What Mr. Inglis did not want to tell in the same interview is that he was trying to pass a watered-down version of the so-called health care "reform". See, Mr. Inglis plan was also one that would have forced Americans to buy health insurance. Read the following:
Mr. Inglis favors requiring everyone to carry health insurance, which he said the government "is uniquely suited" to enforce. He also supports making insurers guarantee coverage to anyone willing to pay for it, subsidizing premiums for people on low incomes and a series of policy changes intended to reduce premiums for everyone.
Really, what is the substantive difference between Mr. Inglis and the Dear Leader, President Obama, and what the Democrats did?
Hmm, it appears that the major difference was on the abortion issue. Continuing,
Mr. Inglis says he opposes what he calls "Obama Care" because it includes public funding for abortion and a government-provided option for coverage that would ultimately cause "a devaluation of life" and public costs to spiral upward.
And again, what was the major difference between Mr. Inglis ideas and the Dear Leader, President Obama and the Democrats.
N O T H I N G!
In the end, Mr. Inglis was actually trying to jump on the health care "reform" express and in the end got burned.
But it is not his fault that the Republicans in his district found this the wrong approach. No, he blames talk radio, Glenn Beck and raaaaacists.
What Mr. Inglis does not realize is that we the people are not interested in big government "solutions" to problems. We do not want to be told we have to buy health insurance. We do not want to be told what to eat, how to dress, when and what we can drive, whether or not we can use plastic shopping bags. The list goes on.
Had Mr. Inglis actually looked at and promoted a free-market approach to health care reform, he would probably not have been defeated in a primary as he was last month. What the people are saying is look at other ways to deal with problems.
It has nothing to do with talk radio, Glenn Beck, racism. It is the feeling the government at all levels is getting bigger and bigger and the individual is getting smaller and smaller.
My advice to people like Bob Inglis, Robert Bennett, Arlen Specter and Lincoln Chaffee is this.
Stop demagoging people that oppose you. Listen to them. If you can not convince them of what you believe to be right, then let the chips fall where they may.
But in the meantime, with Bob Inglis, it is garbage that voters chose to remove. Rightfully so.