Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, who has become a cause célèbre among many conservatives over the past few weeks, made national headlines on Thursday for making comments about African-Americans being better off under slavery. Conservative commentators have denounced Bundy’s comments including Kevin D. Williamson of National Review Online.
However, Williamson maintains his support of Bundy’s acts of civil disobedience against the federal government. He writes, “Mr. Bundy’s remarks reflect poorly on the man, not on the issue with which the man is associated.” But whether Williamson likes it or not, we conservatives are judged by the company we keep and any association we have with someone like Bundy obscures the issue in question.