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March 15, 2013 4:40 PM A “Rosa Parks Moment” In Idaho

By Ed Kilgore

I generally try to avoid posts on random outrages from obscure wingnuts (despite the constant provocation offered by members of the Tennessee legislature), but because it nicely caps off a day of festive Republican-baiting, and the solon in question isn’t really that obscure, here’s this report from Dan Popkey of the Idaho Statesman, under the subheadline: “‘We need to have our Rosa Parks moment,’ says Rep. Crane in debate.”

The No. 3 Republican leader in the Idaho House says he made a “slight mistake” when he described Rosa Parks as a champion of states’ rights.
“One little lady got tired of the federal government telling her what to do,” Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane of Nampa said during Wednesday’s debate on Gov. Butch Otter’s bill establishing a state-run health insurance exchange. “I’ve reached that point, Mr. Speaker, that I’m tired of giving in to the federal government….”
Crane, 38, is in his seventh year in the Legislature. His father, Ron, is a Canyon County political legend who served 16 years in the House before winning four terms as state treasurer.
A confidant of Congressman Raul Labrador, Crane is high on the list of potential candidates for 1st District Congress should Labrador run for governor next year.

In case you think Crane just got his Alabamans mixed up and meant to say “George Wallace” instead of “Rosa Parks,” he didn’t back down when Popkey informed him of his rather unconventional interpretation of American history:

Crane called his misstatement “a slight mistake” regarding “a little fact.” Five times in our five-minute conversation he said he was “disappointed” about my writing about his error. “You knew my heart, you knew what I was trying to say. I’m saying, just like Rosa Parks, ‘Enough is enough.’”

Can’t add much to that.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on March 15, 2013 4:50 PM:

    Shorter Brent Crane of Nampa:
    "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!"

    Otter (Tim Matheson): [whispering] "Germans?"

    Boon (Peter Riegert): "Forget it, he's rolling."

    Never mind party affiliations, I'd be interested in some statistic about how many of our national and state politicians are total morons, compared to those of other countries?

    I'm betting we'd win, hands-down!

  • Josef K on March 15, 2013 5:12 PM:

    Are we sure a six-martini lunch wasn't involved here? There are "little facts", then there is getting the race and gender of the person in question completely wrong.

  • Peter C on March 15, 2013 5:20 PM:

    “I’ve reached that point, Mr. Speaker, that I’m tired of giving in to the federal government….”

    Ah, the perennial cry of the emotionally stunted: "You're not the boss of me!"

  • Peter C on March 15, 2013 5:28 PM:

    "Five times in our five-minute conversation he said he was “disappointed” about my writing about his error."

    He's not phased about making the error, just about having someone write about it.

    Rep. Crane is a typical Republican: his mouth is open, but his mind is closed.

  • martin on March 15, 2013 5:40 PM:

    It goes nicely with other rightwing facts like "Ronald Reagan never raised taxes."
    She belongs to the ages now.

  • T-Rex on March 15, 2013 6:16 PM:

    An eyewitness to a conference between Mary Matalin and Jerome Corsi, before he hit the interview circuit to promote his latest hate-fest book against Obama. Matalin and Corsi decided how he was to deal with criticisms of his wild inaccuracies and venomous agenda. He had just two answers:
    A. This is not a political book, it's a scholarly work.
    B. (In answer to "why did you claim that such and such happened in the wrong country on the wrong day to the wrong people" or some such question), "That's nitpicking."

  • jjm on March 15, 2013 6:27 PM:

    A survey of US high school students a few years back found that they fully believed the Germans were our allies in World War II, and that the Russians were the enemy.

    Chilling ignorance.

  • Kathryn on March 15, 2013 7:25 PM:

    Any guesses on how Matalin and Carville can be married? Is one of them faking it? I could never by married to a male Matalin.

  • emjayay on March 15, 2013 10:46 PM:

    Kathryn, none of our business of course, but who hasn't been baffled by that relationship? With political opinions down the same alley as Carville, I'd want to slap her every time I saw her. Wait a minute, maybe I'm onto something.....

  • rdale on March 16, 2013 12:20 AM:

    Idaho: Utah without the good skiing and the national parks.

  • Harvey in Eagle on March 16, 2013 2:01 AM:

    Welcome to Idaho. As an Idahoan, I get to put up with this sort of thing every single day. The handful of moderate state Repubs we had were forced out of office the past couple of elections.

  • enriquetabrasini on March 16, 2013 9:47 AM:

    until I looked at the check which had said $6771, I didnt believe that my father in law had been really taking home money in there spare time at there labtop.. there mums best friend started doing this 4 only eighteen months and just now cleard the dept on their appartment and bought BMW. go to,..... http://www.miniurl.com/s/7s6

  • kk on March 18, 2013 1:45 AM:

    This is nothing. The right wing is convinced that the entire Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, would join them in all their "colorblind" policies: voter ID requirements, moving early voting centers to the white suburbs, requiring government ID for old grannies who never drove a car, the whole shebang. They meet one African American surgeon who makes $700,000 a year and say, why can't they all be like that guy. I agree with him!