Bob Inglis, R-S.C



  1. The Long Game
    • Bob Inglis Wanted to “Destroy” Bill Clinton during the 98 Impeachment. Years Later He Tracked Him Down to Apologize.
      • Profile
        • Bob Inglis was leading the charge 20 years ago to impeach President Bill Clinton. Inglis was an up and coming Republican congressman from South Carolina, and a self-described bomb-thrower.
        • A few years ago, Inglis asked to meet Clinton at his offices in Harlem. He walked into that meeting and asked Clinton’s forgiveness.
        • This is a conversation about how that transformation came about, and about what Inglis is up to now. He’s been a lonely voice on the political right seeking to raise awareness about climate change, but he said that conservatives are slowly coming around on the issue, and that whenever President Trump exits the stage, he will “take climate disputation with him.”
    • Videos
      • Distance In Heaven
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      • Podcast #1
        Published On:- 2019-December-6th
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    • Transcripts
      • Senator Hollings
        • From Heaven
          • Grace
          • Relative Justice
      • Climate Change
        • Carbon Dioxide
          • Internalize Negative Externality
          • Negative Effects
        • Policy Difference
          • Al Gore
            • No Difference
          • Elizabeth Warren
            • Regulation Based
            • InEfficient
        • Economic Approach
          • Milton Friedman
        • Conservative Reticence
          • Scientific Consensus
          • Language
            • Language of Alarmist
            • Language of the Left
          • Old Contest between Faith and Science
          • Solution Aversion
            • If I don’t have a solution that fits with my values, I have to doubt that there is a problem
        • Energy Industry
          • Alarmist
            • United Nations is going to come and take over
        • Movement on the Right
          • Good Economy
          • Personal Experience
          • Messaging on the Right
            • Eco-Right
          • Lost the House of Representatives in November 2018
            • You don’t win control of the House back unless you win suburban district
        • Kevin McCarthy
          • Kevin McCarthy said to the Washington Examiner we need to change on Climate Change
        • Talking Points
          • Talking points has yet to be passed down
        • Presidential Cache
          • Donald Trump
            • Took Climate Change disputation with him when he leaves Office ???
          • George W. Bush
            • Took Military Intervention with him when he left Office
            • Iraq and Afghanistan
              • George W. Bush
                • You had to be with the president on this
              • Donald Trump
                • He trashes George W. Bush about once every month on Iraq and Afghanistan
                • And, people cheer
          • The Cache of a President is temporary, they move on, and something new comes
          • We are certain he is going to take climate disputation with him when he leaves office
      • Impeachment
        • Expressing Freely
        • Constitutional Republic
          • Establish Principles and live by those principles
          • What will we do if Barack Obama had done this
        • News Island
          • Sean Hannity
          • Rachel Maddow
      • Books
        • William L. Shirer
          • Rise and Fall of Third Reich
      • Newt Gingrich
        • Could not see Newt Gingrich issues, until I was burnt by them


The Long Game

Bob Inglis Wanted to “Destroy” Bill Clinton during the 98 Impeachment. Years Later He Tracked Him Down to Apologize.


A former Republican congressman who led the charge to impeach Bill Clinton in 1998 said he paid a visit to the former Democratic president a few years ago to ask forgiveness for his role in the affair.

“I hated Bill Clinton, wanted to destroy him, asked to be on Judiciary Committee so that I could impeach him,” said Bob Inglis, R-S.C., in an interview on “The Long Game,” a Yahoo News podcast.

Inglis visited Clinton a few years ago at the former president’s office in Harlem, he said, in what he described as a “very interesting” meeting. Inglis informed Clinton that he joined the Judiciary Committee as soon as he was elected to Congress in 1992, the same year Clinton was elected president, with the intent of impeaching him.

“I hated you so much that I wanted to impeach you,” Inglis told Clinton.

Clinton “sort of flinched,” Inglis said. “I said, ‘Yeah, I know you hadn’t done anything yet, but so much did I hate you.”
“I told him that it wasn’t good for my soul, it wasn’t good for the country, for me to have that level of animosity toward him,” Inglis said. “He didn’t say the words that you would hope to hear, which is, ‘You’re forgiven.’ But in every way he has expressed that to me. He’s been very kind to accept the apology for sure.”

Inglis left his seat in Congress in 1998, the same year the Republican-controlled House impeached Clinton, to run for the U.S. Senate. He narrowly lost to Democratic incumbent Sen. Fritz Hollings, who had held the seat since 1966.

In the years following that defeat, Inglis says he evolved as he worked through anger and sadness over the loss. He described himself as “sanctimonious” during his stint in Congress in the ’90s, but softened and became more empathetic to people who didn’t share his political views.

When he decided to run for the House again in 2004, his son challenged him to do better on environmental policy. That led Inglis, once he began his second stint in Congress, to join the Science and Technology Committee, where he studied the research on climate change and became convinced that he had been wrong to reject the issue as partisan.

“I used to pooh-pooh climate change. In my first term in the Congress, six years, I said: ‘A bunch of nonsense. Al Gore’s imagination,’” Inglis told PBS in 2012.

He lost his seat in Congress in 2010 to a primary challenger, Trey Gowdy, who went on to become a conservative star. Inglis says his promotion of a carbon tax to reduce emissions and help slow climate change was central to his loss.

In 2012, Inglis started the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, which aims to build grassroots support among conservatives for “free enterprise solutions” to climate change.

“Conservatives need to stop disputing obvious climate change and enter the competition of ideas about solutions. Climate change is a serious threat, and it requires action,” his group’s website says.

He told PBS that his goal is “creating a safe space for conservatives to pay attention to science.”

Inglis said on “The Long Game” that his push for conservatives to take climate change seriously was “pretty lonely for several years … but here lately it’s turned around.”

Republican leaders who want to retake the House know the path back to power runs through the suburbs, where GOP candidates will have to move toward the middle on climate, Inglis said, but the message still has yet to filter down to the grassroots.

And of course, President Trump himself has rejected and mocked climate change, and pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. But Inglis said Trump’s refusal to acknowledge scientific consensus around the threat of climate change will not endure.

“It’ll surely end when he leaves office,” Inglis said. “We think he will take climate disputation with him.”

As to whether Trump should be impeached, Inglis said that Republicans should try to think about what they would do if the president were a Democrat.

“What would we do if Barack Obama had done this?” Inglis said, referring to Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. “I think the answer is pretty clear. We would have impeached him and removed him from office very quickly. I just want fellow Republicans to think about that.”


Washington Examiner


Daily on Energy: Kevin McCarthy’s promise for a GOP climate agenda

by Josh Siegel & Abby Smith | October 28, 2019, 12:19 PM


  1. “We need to have an open discussion about, what should the party look like 20 years from now, and we should be a little nervous,” McCarthy said. “We have to do something different than we’ve done.”
  2. A few conservative groups that favor major legislation to address climate change have provided McCarthy’s staff with polling showing Republicans risk losing young voters if they don’t address climate change, sources tell Josh.
  3. “Young voters believe the climate is changing, and they want their elected leaders to acknowledge the issue,” Alex Flint, executive director of the Alliance for Market Solutions, told Josh. “Any politicians who waver on the science is perceived as dodging the issue — of being dishonest, and that breaks their relationship of trust with young voters.”

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