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Inglis: I got Teabagged 


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.

I'll tell you how you respond to that - you say, "You people are insane. use your damn head
and realize Beck is a crying handjob who's using your stupidity to gain power, fame and money."

As he tells this story, the veteran lawmaker is sitting in his congressional office, which he will have to
vacate in a few months. On June 22, he was defeated in the primary runoff by Teabagger Trey Gowdy,
who had assailed Inglis for supposedly straying from his conservative roots, pointing to his vote for the
bank bailout and against George W. Bush's surge in Iraq. Inglis, who served six years in Congress during
the 1990s as a conservative firebrand before being reelected to the House in 2004, had also ticked off
right-wingers by urging Teabaggers to "turn Glenn Beck off" and by calling on Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)
to apologize for shouting "You lie!" at Obama during the president's State of the Union address.

For this, Inglis, who boasts (literally) a 93 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union,
received the wrath of the tea party, losing to Gowdy 71 to 29 percent. In the weeks since, Inglis has criticized
Republican House leaders for acquiescing to a poisonous, tea party-driven "demagoguery" that he believes
will undermine the GOP's long-term credibility. And he's freely recounting his frustrating interactions with
Teabaggers, while noting that Republican leaders are pushing rhetoric tainted with racism, that conservative
activists are dabbling in anti-Semitic conspiracy theory nonsense, and that Sarah Palin celebrates ignorance."

I predicted it many times:
These Teabaggers are picking off the old-guard Republicans.
Their power seems to be killing Republican incumbents.

Can a Teabagger win a general election?

I say no, except in teabag states - OK, TX, UT, WY, AL, etc.

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