Credit where due: Idaho GOP criticism of Rex Rammell (UPDATED, 1:00 p.m.)

UPDATED, 1:00 p.m., to reflect new statements criticizing Rammell.

In case you're wondering, the Rex Rammell story isn't going away. Or at least Rammell isn't.

And a growing roster of Republicans are criticizing Rammell for continuing to make what he calls sarcastic comments about "Obama tags," hunting permits targeting the president.

Sen. Mike Crapo, Rep. Mike Simpson and former Gov. and state GOP chairman Phil Batt have condemned Rammell's comments, as the Statesman's Dan Popkey has reported today.

Meanwhile, the rogue gubernatorial candidate issued a press release this morning — copied on his Twitter feed — following up on his "Obama tags" remark from Tuesday. Here it is.

"Anyone who understands the law, knows I was just joking, because Idaho has no jurisdiction to issue hunting tags in Washington D.C."

Unbelievable. When you're in a hole, quit digging. Rammell apparently has never heard that one.

In our Rammell editorial this morning. We posed a question: Will Idaho Republicans reject this rabble rousing, or will they sit quietly on the sidelines?

To their credit, some Republicans were quick to criticize Rammell for joining in on a joke about "Obama tags."

• "The Idaho Republican Party does not condone Rex Rammell's comments, whether in jest or not," party executive director Jonathan Parker said Thursday night.

• As the "Obama tags" story picked up steam in the social media Thursday, state Sen. Shawn Keough of Sandpoint promptly denounced Rammell's comments.

• Rep. Stephen Hartgen of Twin Falls (a former newspaper publisher who was my boss at The Times-News in Twin Falls), said Rammell's remarks reflect a coarsening of political discourse. As Hartgen told NewWest.Net/Boise's Jill Kuraitis: “Words have the power of persuasion. If words point someone in one direction, and it’s a dangerous one — of course we have freedom of speech but that doesn’t mean you can shout ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre. There are things you can’t say and shouldn’t say.”

• In our online comments this morning, Rep. Raul Labrador of Eagle condemned Rammell — and said our editorial gave short shrift to the Republicans who have criticized Rammell.

However, I still think our question is germane: How do other Republicans respond?

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Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

You've gotten some of your danish on the monitor, KR.

What will happen next? Will the network cancel Idaho? Stay tuned to LOVE OF LUNACY!

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Especially Otter and Semanko plus Crapo, Risch and Simpson

As the state's top leaders, where do they stand on what Rex said - especially now that his Twitter feed indicates that perhaps he wasn't joking so much after all?

"Obama hunting tags was just a joke! Everyone knows Idaho has no jurisdiction to issue tags in Washington D.C."

Three Republicans speaking out in a state packed full of them? I'm not impressed, especially with this making the national news and yet again painting Idaho as a safe haven for extremists.

Fanselow your absolutely

Fanselow your absolutely right, it is haven for extremists and the IDP allowing Minnick
to remain a (D) reaffirms the lunacy is found on both sides.

Sorry, I don't follow you

Walt Minnick is about as moderate as they get. Which in Idaho makes him a Democrat.

When will Republicans...

stop the insanity - Here is the latest installment - http://open.salon.com/blog/christopher_di_spirito/2009/08/27/birthers_want_to_see_president_obamas_penis. What has happened to rationality in the Republican Party?

What happened to Republicans?

Obama is what happened to Republicans. Democrats is what happened to Republicans. You are hell bent on killing not only the unborn but now the sick and elderly. You people are becoming more and more evil every day. In fact you have acceded to so much evil that it has become part of your nature. It is now considered normal. You can't tell the difference between good and evil. In fact many of you deny evil exists at all. That is what has happened to Republicans.

Thanks for providing exhibit B...

NEXT!!!

That's my line and is THIS the only thing to displace BSU & OSU

SMACKDOWN from WORLD DOMINATION????

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NEXT?

Of course you would think like that. Simple answers for simple minded people.

Greyghost uses 3,000 words, I use one. You complain anyway.

The grind of your life must be eviscerating your cerebral cortex until your mind commits some self-imbued act of torture upon itself. I weep for the fallow axis your sphere of life orbits. Here, effect a panacea on me.

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Awesome.

Oops.
Oneword.
Again.

I almost created a redundancy there.

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There is no life in Idaho...it is a mirror site on god's server. You were dreaming but it is over. Go to your residence and await our commands and THEN we will restore control...

Rabble?

I have never heard of this guy but it makes little difference. Anyone who takes umbrage with his lame joke is looking for a reason feel to it was out of line. I doubt I would want him as governor if that was his best humor, but it certainly isn't raunchy, insulting or criminal. Obama hunting tag jokes don't mean he wishes Obama physical harm as some suggest. I took it as meaning Republicans should go after him at election time and not let up on his anti-American policies during his presidency. The best thing would be if Obama just resigned now and saved the country the turmoil and pain we will suffer tomorrow for his policies of today. We can hope anyway. I doubt it will happen but you never know.

Democrat Whining

Everytime I read about a Democrat who objects to people protesting Democrat thinking I am reminded of how Democrats treated President Bush and how Conservative speakers are received on college campuses. Are we supposed to just roll over and take your lies, deceptions, misrepresentations, bullying and conspiracies to subvert our rights to free speech? You are gradually moving from political opponents to enemy in many, many peoples eyes. This is especially true where it concerns your passion for killing people you don't like such as the unborn and now the sick and old. What is it about death that you people find so attractive? And why are you so anxious to draw close to people who want to destroy our country such as Islamic terrorists?

From political disagreement to ENEMIES.....

Now, just who is unbalanced in this conversation?

Balance?

You commented on the enemies portion of my post but ignored everything else. I assume you have no answers except to ignore the issues that divide us. That is called avoidance. It addresses nothing and reinforces my points.

B - Oops

doubled up

Balance????

With the way you present your argument, I see no avenue to engage you in serious debate. The characterization of your "enemy" is such that there is no way to exchange views productively. I don't read into your comments any willingness to speak to "the issues that divide us."

Your gyroscope is a little wobbly...

Probably because your rushometer is pegged at max.

Failed two-party system

The two-party system is completely dysfunctional and corrupt. The liberals certainly have plenty of issues, but please notice that no one in the GOP is taking the moral high ground and doing anything any differently. American politics is in a constant state of meltdown. No wonder nothing of substance gets done in this country anymore.

Are you kidding me?

The new president has only been in office eight months, not eight years. Not a lot can happen in eight months. However, in eight years, you can sink the world into a deficit that can not even be fathomed. You can send a country to war damn near alone with no support from allies. You can single handedly be accountable for the deaths of over 8K American soldiers. And the sad part about it, he gives less than a rats behind about it. Yeah, thats the guy I want to support. It obvious you are a conservative jacka**, who has never ever done a damn thing for this country, except add to the obesity population. So until you pick up a rifle, dawn your protective gear and man a post, I suggest you do what you do best, which is raid buffet lines, sit on your fat a** and talk crap about nothing. Go find a gym and clue MORON!!

Ah the Good Old Days...

When all we had to worry about was war in a far off land and $200 billion to fight it. Now, in eight months, the new socialist guy has dropped kicked the entire country to the edge of never ending debt, hyperinflation that kills the will to achieve and government take over of the most important elements of our society and puts a corp of low rent government bureaucrats in charge. And what does GA-Boy have to say about it? He attacks someone he doesn't know.

AH, a giant in economic prognostication emerges...

Now you are just trying too hard to prove you are all hyperbole and no rationality.

Rammel

Rammel's an idiot, but not for what he says! I thought that from the first time I heard him whining about his elk farm! What he said, is the only thing he's said that makes sense!

What A Joke

Once again I am hit in the face with just how crazy the Obama presidency has made certain "segments" of our population.
Here is a real piece of "sarcasm" for those wondering about Rammell's explanation: it is nice to know that all the people yelling about respect for the office during W's reign are out there advocating for the same kind of respect during Obama's presidency.
These jerks don't even have the guts to stand behind their racist crapola. I'M NOT AGREEING WITH THE LADY!!!! I"M BEING SARCASTIC. Be a man, you nutjob, and stand tall behind your remarks rather than hide behind some silly excuse.

Some here are unbelieveable

A Republican jokes about the hunting of the president of our country and it's turned around to be the Democrats fault as the "enemy". Republicans must always be the victim in their planet.

Who was that?

I am sorry. I must have missed something. Just who was joking about hunting the President? I never caught that part. I read the piece and am afraid I never saw it. Could you point it out to me and the part about the Democrats being at fault for something. I never read that part either. Thanks for your help.

Obtuse.

Perfect.

What's for lunch?

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There is no life in Idaho...it is a mirror site on god's server. You were dreaming but it is over. Go to your residence and await our commands and THEN we will restore control...

tags

I heard Tags for Obama Already sold out. Maybe he could use this to raise campaign funds for next term. He would get support money from all sides. Sounds stupid but it just might work for him.

The Idaho GOP will do nothng

What is happening to our country? If the republicans don't denounce Rammell's rant, then that could help change our current politcal stance in this great state.

Where have all the moderate's gone? The right is moving more right and this is down-right scary as to what this could lead to.

You should be ashamed of yourself Rammell!

Idaho Republicans only came

Idaho Republicans only came out from the shadows after this story had broken across the United States and was handsomely published as front page news by extremely reputable journalists and news organization websites.

The Idaho Republican Party was well aware of this before the nation media storm hit and they sat back, prepared to let this go. Even you Mr. Richert laughed it off in your opinion and attempted to bury it. In the everyday life of Idahoans words like that would be cause for detainment or even jail, words do mean something! You know that!

Walk your crap off, son. All the hot gas must hurt.

You aren't a Democrat nor are any of the Lynch mob. We have a legal system that decides criminal intent and you are still innocent until proven otherwise.

You guys act like storm troopers.

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I agree with 83701 <nt>

Are you like the Ducks, forgetting the 'O'?

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I see they've finally weighed in

24 hours after the story started going national ... better late than never.

Whats next for Rammell?

Mabey a meeting with Simon Finch and Gabriel Range.

Or Smith and Wesson

As long as it's not Kalishnikov.

Do you mean Kalashnikov?

Vodka or the AK-47? Both are the weapon of my enemy.

No, I mean Ernie...he's a socialist from way back.

Believes in evil things like socialized sanitation systems, roads, national defense, education, libraries...you get the picture. All that stuff that makes us un-civilized non-anarchists.

BTW, martini-sipping-young-ladies congregating at Pair are your enemy???
Who would have thunk that...

Ernie K. OK, I thought he played for the Red Wings.

BTW where's Pair, and do they serve lager. Oh yeah, I don't need any martini-sipping-young-ladies, Mrs. Slipstream is all I can handle.

I'm glad to see this

I'm trying to think of examples from other states where Republican leadership stepped up and said this was unacceptable, and I'm not thinking of any.

There busy planting Teddy.

They will be out posing next week.

Two more Teddy's have already sprouted, Junior and II.

We'll be okay too.

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Kind of like Democrats and ....

the strong objections they expressed regarding Rev Jerimiah Wright, President Obama's spiritual advisor, ("America's chickens have come home to roost") -- oh wait, I forgot, they expressed no such objection!

That's because we wish you guys would learn to...

SCREAM IN PRIVATE.

Don't expect me to even care to argue about it anymore. Is he dead?

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