A Republican I like

Just read this interview with Bob Inglis, South Carolina Republican congressman who lost to a Tea Party candidate. I probably don’t agree on five policy issues with Inglis, but he has my complete respect. This is the sort of guy we need out there right now. It’s about the issues, and if we can debate them with civility, we can unite as a country once again—disagreements and all.

Sadly, it seems unlikely.

Money quote:

“I don’t think we build our party by distraction and we don’t serve our country by division. The key here to pull together as Americans and to build on truth, especially to build a conservative movement, a credible conservative movement, build it on truth.

“The truth is that the president is not a Muslim. He’s – he was born in America. And he is not a socialist. He is left of center, I’m right of center. And, in fact, he might say very right of center. But that’s okay. We can have a debate about real facts. We don’t need to [be]making up things because as time goes on, that gets embarrassing when you’re found out to have built something on false information and on scapegoats rather than solutions. The customer turns away and says you’ve got nothing for me because you’re not delivering a solution.”