Racist comments from Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy – who earlier this month appeared to win a highly publicized standoff against federal authorities over his two-decade long illegal grazing of cattle on public land – are giving Democrats a new weapon to attack some top Republicans who earlier came to Bundy's defense.To be fair, CNN did sorta cover the story when the BLM special agents had their dogs and guns staring down the various men, women, and children, but as more an afterthought. None of the other networks covered the ranch story when it was breaking, now every network is headlining Bundy's racism. Dog bites man.
As to Bundy, evidently he was crudely trying to make a point about Johnson's Great Welfare Society and its effects on the black community, ie, single mother homes/babies out of wedlock, crime, unemployment, etc. Personally I don't care if he's a racist. Hell, Harry Reid had to apologize for his 'racist remarks' about Obama. Any support I had for Bundy wasn't personal, it was because there was an overreaction. I had the same feeling when Elian Gonzales was ripped out of that Miami home by federal agents carrying automatic weapons and sent safely back to Castro so he could be used as a propaganda tool.
Nothing Bundy says about race changes the fact that federal agents were removing his cattle and threatening him with weapons over a past due bill. They weren't doing it because he wasn't politically correct. It's almost as if some liberals are saying, 'see, he deserved to be gunned down by a BLM sniper because he's a racist!" Meanwhile Al Sharpton has a show on NBC and gets to hobnob with the President while owing over a million in back taxes. Yes, the same guy who has made many a racist remark in his time.
But OK, the left/media has their story now. They'll try to connect Bundy to every GOP politician from here through the midterms, probably using his comments about race as some kind of litmus test in the debates, or maybe even trying to tie supporters to Ted Bundy. After all, they are terrorists.
It's tempting to kneejerk a reply to Dana Milbank's WaPo hit piece on the Bundy ranch racist fallout. But isn't it true, to some degree? There are racists out there and they do tend to associate themselves with conservatism. Those on the right would do well to stand back and take a look at some of their bedfellows without the emotion of the Bundy cause.
Yeah, one can easily point to the left and criticize their bad behavior in the same area, such as embracing people like Bill Ayers, Mumia Abu Jamal and other known radicals, or Pelosi kissing up to the Occupy Wall St movement (who unlike the Tea Party contains some actual domestic terrorists).
But for the conservative movement to advance within a biased climate of left wing media and the low information attention spans they try to manipulate, conservative leaders need to acknowledge racism and some of the other nuttiness that occasionally gets lumped with the right in general. No, it's not fair--the current president hobnobbed with an actual domestic terrorist and the media yawned, which would not have happened had McCain been associated with a figure in the Sovereign Citizens movement. But it is what it is.
Remaining silent will simply further the disinformation and allow the left to smear the entire movement. Speaking out will give conservative leaders the credibility to point out bad behavior of the same stripe on the other side, knowing the media will not.