GOP Becoming a Party of 'Crackpots'

A good man goes down because he doesn't hate Obama enough
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2010 8:17 AM CDT
South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis visits The Corner Pocket in Greenville S.C. after the election results Tuesday June 8, 2010.   (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

(Newser) – The Republican Party, once a great, intelligent institution, has been “hijacked by hustlers and extremists” out to destroy not only President Obama, but many in its own ranks, writes Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News. Lupica is furious over South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis’ primary loss to a Tea Party candidate who attacked him for not being “conservative enough.” His crime? Refusing to call President Obama a “socialist.”

“To call him a socialist is to demean the office and stir up a passion that we need to be calming, rather than constantly stirring up,” Inglis explains. “Why do I have to see Democrats as my enemies? I’ve got al-Qaeda. I’ve got the Taliban. I’ve got enough enemies.” That thoughtful, even-keeled approach lost Inglis his primary, but he doesn’t sound like a loser to Lupica. “Bob Inglis sounds like the ignored conscience of an increasingly crackpot party.”

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