Written by Charles P. Pierce (Esquire)
Sedition never sleeps. It grunts and groans and speaks in tongues and it makes a big fool out itself, time and time again. It even files lawsuits. But, dammit, it never sleeps.
Bundy lawyer Joel Hansen handed a copy of the lawsuit to U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in open court in Las Vegas on Tuesday, and he told her that because she’s a named defendant, she should remove herself from Bundy’s case. The judge responded that case law doesn’t let a defendant create such a scenario. But Navarro invited Hansen to try to identify whether her work as a prosecutor in the Clark County district attorney’s office before she was nominated to the federal bench created for her a conflict in the Bundy case. She set a May 25 date to rule whether she’ll step aside. Hansen said that Navarro is beholden to Reid because the then-Senate Democratic majority leader recommended her for the judgeship. Obama nominated her, and she was confirmed by the Senate on a 98-0 vote in May 2010. Hansen complained also that Navarro won’t let outspoken conservative attorney Larry Klayman represent Bundy in Nevada until disciplinary proceedings against Klayman are resolved in Washington, D.C. The filing of the lawsuit came during a detention hearing at which Hansen, with Klayman in the audience, argued that Bundy’s constitutional rights are being violated and that charges against the 70-year-old cattleman should be dismissed.
In merciful brief, Cliven Bundy, a half-mad freeloader, is trying to drag the federal court system into the bat-haunted fantasyland in which he and his supporters live. You might as well ask the judge to recuse herself because once, over coffee and a Danish, she expressed the opinion that the sun rose in the East. Demanding a judge as nutty as you are is a bold—if completely moronic—legal maneuver, which is also true of demanding to be represented by a lawyer who has proven to be as big a public nuisance as you have been. That Judge Navarro didn’t throw these clowns down the courthouse steps fills me with no little dread.
The complaint itself is a bubbling stew of pure crazy. It revives the nutty notion that Senator Harry Reid was behind the whole standoff on Bundy’s land last year because Reid and his son want to sell Bundyland to the Chinese in order to build a solar farm. Meanwhile, the rest of the complaint sounds like it was dialed in from someone’s car to the worst talk-radio show on Planet Stupid. By the way, the president’s sense of humor also is in on the plot. From the filing:
Threatening, mocking and disparaging Plaintiff BUNDY at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner on May 2, 2016, just days after the Plaintiff BUNDY’s successful standoff, Defendant OBAMA made this public statement, which while he couched it as humor, was not in fact humor but a threat to prosecute Defendant BUNDY and his sons and other family members for the successful standoff. This despicable disrespectful mocking threat was made: to further the false and threatening statements of Defendant HARRY REID, as set forth above. Speaking at the dinner and on national and international television Defendant OBAMA publicly stated: “We have some other athletes here tonight, including Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Jamie Anderson is here. We’re proud of her. (Applause). Michelle and I watched the Olympics—we cannot believe what these folks do—death-defying feats—haven’t seen somebody pull a “180” like that fast since Rand Paul disinvited that Nevada rancher from this dinner. (Laughter). As a general rule, things don’t end well if the sentence starts, “Let me tell you something I know about the negro.” (Laughter). You don’t really need to hear the rest of it. (Laughter and Applause). Just a tip for you—don’t start your sentence that way. (Laughter).”
Meanwhile, as Bundy pursues legal remedies based on the well-known legal maxim of“MOMMMMMM, HE’S MAKIN’ FUN OF ME!,” what are his biggest fans up to? Well, Michele Fiore of Nevada, who is running for the United States Congress because democracy is eating its own entrails, had to clarify some remarks she’d made about pointing her many guns at law-enforcement officers. Per The Daily News:
“If I have a rogue agent who literally has a history of death in his past, and if that man ever pointed a gun at me, I’d point right back, because his intentions are evil,” Fiore told ABC affiliate KTNV-TV Monday. The Second Amendment-flaunting Fiore—who gained national attention for her support of this year’s Oregon militia occupation, as well as gun-themed calendars and Christmas cards—discussed citizens’ rights to point a weapon at officers in a recent interview, but clarified to KTNV-TV that she was only referring to BLM, not police personnel.
There is a cost to treating people like Bundy and his crackpot followers as if they have, you know, a case. There is a cost to indulging seditious paranoia. There is a cost to the constitutional order and a cost to the national sanity, and I’m damned if I know what’s worse.