From Cliven Bundy to racism to trashing all conservatives in one facile jump

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by Howard Portnoy

Watching the liberal mind at work can be a source of mild fascination. Take the kneejerk reaction to the case of beleaguered Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy. His name has been in the news for a couple of weeks, ever since federal agents showed up on his land, armed, to collect two decades worth of grazing fees. In the brief standoff before the federales were ordered to stand down, they shot and killed two of Bundy’s cattle, confiscated a dozen more, and Tazed his son.

Ordinarily, a case like this — the little man against the vast bureaucratic machine — would evoke the sympathy of libs, but in this instance the man at the controls was Barack Obama, around whom they closed ranks once and for all early in his first term. Accordingly, for the first 10 days or so, commentators on the left played defense, trying desperately to persuade readers that this was not another case of the power-hungry president flexing his big-government muscles.

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