I should have seen it coming. The analogy between county clerk Kim Davis refusing to issue marriage licenses and rancher Cliven Bundy refusing to pay grazing fees is nearly complete. Here is a report on a right-wing group, Oath Keepers, threatening to intervene if Davis is ordered back to jail. Here are snippets from Steve Benen at MSNBC/Rachel Maddow Show.
Just so we’re clear, the Oath Keepers group isn’t offering protection for Davis from potentially dangerous critics. This is a situation in which Oath Keepers intend to "protect" Davis from American law enforcement if she defies the law and faces arrest again.
As far as the right-wing organization is concerned, Davis, who was jailed on a contempt-of-court charge last week, should never have been detained. With the very real possibility that the clerk will again defy court orders, and face jail time once more, the Oath Keepers’ Stewart Rhodes says his group is prepared to intervene.
"[T]his judge needs to be put on notice that his behavior is not going to be accepted and we’ll be there to stop it and intercede ourselves if we have to," he said.
In other words, if Davis defies court orders, and a judge orders U.S. Marshals to take the clerk into custody, well armed Oath Keepers activists intend to stand in the way of the legal process – as if it’s up to Oath Keepers, not American courts, to determine how the justice system should operate.
What this group is describing is the prospect of an armed confrontation between law enforcement and right-wing activists who believe Kim Davis should be allowed to ignore laws she doesn’t like.
And also to be clear: this latter attitude is what at least one Republican candidate for President also believes.
I sense a rerun of Waco, sometime, somewhere.