Tuesday, September 21, 2010

FINALLY, a common sense Conservative,... too bad he's on his way out

Republican Congressman Bob Inglis of South Carolina, who is as conservative as they come, was defeated for re-election in the Republican Primary.  No chance that seat was going Democratic, but he just wasn't conservative enough.  Why?  Listen to the interview by CNN's John Roberts: 

This hard, hard turn to the right in the GOP is going to devastate this party, if not relegate it to permanent minority party status after this election.  The damage to the GOP brand, the party of Lincoln, is so bad that whatever remains will be a shell of its former self. 

I'm not sure how Moderate Republicans will be able to stay in the GOP?  While I will disagree a whole lot with Conservatives like Congressman Inglis, there is a place for people like him in Congress.  Not a bunch of folks who will only intensify the white-hot rhetoric and push outright lies, misinformation, and distortions as absolute truth. 


  1. I will probably never identify with the label "conservative" but I'm very saddened that moderate conservatives are being pushed out of the GOP. Each group needs its moderates or else the extremes are allowed to rule.


  2. I agree, Latesha. It would be absolute gridlock if only pure Conservatives and pure Liberals were the only ones in elected office. Congressman Inglis is what I would call rational Conservative.

    While I don't know what rhetoric Inglis has used in the past, having been defeated in a GOP primary seems to liberate many of these folks from parroting the party line.

    He's one of the few, if not the only, Conservative to not call the President a socialist or use any of that other inflamatory language with no basis in fact.

    After this election, I could see an exodus of Moderates to the Democrats because of what has happended to the GOP. It's not out of the realm of possibility.

    That new majority could only last a week or not materialize at all if enough of them were to leave. This is contengent on the GOP getting the majority back in at least the House.