A “Rosa Parks Moment” In Idaho

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.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.