Rep. Bob Inglis (R) said 11/12 “he faces an anti-incumbent, ‘throw-the-bums-out’ mood among voters similar to the one he rode to victory” in ‘92. Inglis: “Now I am the bum, so I’ve got to figure out how to help people understand that maybe your local bum isn’t so bad after all.”
Inglis “said voters were already worried about the future before the recession and banking collapse struck.” He “said there is a struggle within” the GOP “now that the coalition of social and economic conservatives and pro-life” Dems built by Ronald Reagan is “running on fumes.”
Inglis “said he considers himself part of the religious right and can’t identify with a new group that has emerged” that he calls the “hard right.” Inglis: “I’m concerned about abortion. It’s very much a concern t me. The hard right really doesn’t care about abortion. They just want you, government, out of their pocketbook, by golly.”
He said “hard-right activists have told him that they are willing to let people without health insurance ‘die on the steps of the hospital’ to make a point about the problems of ‘free riders.’”
Inglis: “As a religious right guy, I’m thinking there was a guy named Jesus who has some things to say about these kinds of concepts. And I don’t want to live in a society that lets a few test cases die on the steps of the hospital. I can’t go there” (Bell, Greenville News, 11/13).