Republicans scrambling to distance themselves from Cliven Bundy, the man they called a "patriot" and embrace until he make fools of them all through his racist comments.  Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks during a news conference near his ranch on April 24, 2014 in Bunkerville, Nev. Photo via NBC

Republicans scrambling to distance themselves from Cliven Bundy, the man they called a “patriot” and embrace until he make fools of them all through his racist comments.
Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks during a news conference near his ranch on April 24, 2014 in Bunkerville, Nev.
Photo via NBC

“I’m not a racist.” – Cliven Bundy

AFTER Cliven Bundy’s racist comments started spreading through conservative quarters, it was full scale panic in the Republican right wing. On his radio show, Sean Hannity said that the remarks “are beyond repugnant to me. They are beyond despicable to me. They are beyond ignorant to me.” Then he immediately blamed the left Democrats. Other conservatives were equally panicked on how to get out of the mess they created.

National Review writer Kevin Williamson gave TPM a quote the perfectly summarizes the insanity of the Cliven Bundy debacle for Republicans.

“Mr. Bundy’s racial rhetoric is lamentable and backward,” Williamson said in an email. “It is also separate from the fundamental question here, which is the federal government’s acting as an absentee landlord for nine-tenths of the state of Nevada.”

“I very strongly suspect that most of the men who died at the Alamo held a great many views that I would find repugnant; we remember them for other reasons.”

Once again the GOP right wing blew it and getting out of it has been ugly.

Not ready for primetime doesn’t begin to describe it, but that’s how Dana Loesch, a right wing talk radio host out of St. Louis, Missouri, saw it. All Cliven Bundy needed was a little training.

Secondly, I hope no one is surprised that an old man rancher isn’t media trained to express himself perfectly.

Senator Dean Heller of Nevada didn’t waste any time in praising Cliven Bundy as a “patriot.” What makes a United States senator suck up so quickly to some rancher without knowing who the man is? After the furor erupted, Heller sent his spokesperson out to disavow the welfare rancher’s comments, but no one is going to forget Heller’s bad judgment.

Senator Rand Paul, who wants to be president, was also quick to defend Cliven Bundy during the initial BLM confrontation.  Then right on cue after his racial bigotry was exposed, Paul said, “his remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him.”Â 

Republicans are now trying to split the BLM baby from the Cliven Bundy racism dirty water, but it’s too late.

This is a matter of character and judgment, but also the need for the Republican right to whip up a cause and the public around any emotional issue that can start a rhetorical fire.  It’s the biggest reason our politics is so caustic.

After being thoroughly embarrassed by his own actions to exalt Cliven Bundy, Sean Hannity tried to make it about Democrats.

“They want to say that conservatives are racist. Conservatives hate women,” Hannity said. “Conservatives want old people to die, granny over the cliff. They want the young people to fend for themselves. They want to poison the air and poison the water.”

“People that for the right reasons saw this case as government overreach now are branded because of the ignorant, racist, repugnant, despicable comments of Cliven Bundy,” he said.

The Republican right wing is filled with emotionally immature, unserious people that have no impulse control whatsoever. Every second is an opportunity to exploit some small grievance they have in order to whip up the emotions of people, finding the lowest common denominator among us all.

Blaming Democrats is their go to tactic and a way to try to put salve on very raw nerves.

When Hannity listened to Bundy try to explain himself on Thursday, he got so frustrated he didn’t want to listen anymore.  Who can blame him after the fool he’s made of himself.

Hannity, Senators Heller and Paul, Dana Loesch, and so many other right-wingers, including the National Review, became part of the Cliven Bundy’s story through their own ignorance.

While every other rancher in the country abides by laws that were created by Ronald Reagan signing an executive order creating grazing fees on federal land, Cliven Bundy was breaking the law.

As much as right-wing conservatives hail Ronald Reagan, they don’t seem to know squat about how he governed or what he would have done if he was governor when someone like Cliven Bundy refused to pay fines after losing in court.