Many Tea Party organizations are backing away from their support of Bundy, as are most prominent Republican officials. They say that their opposition to the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) does a better job of symbolizing their opposition to big government, and many of them are uncomfortable with Bundy’s narrative of a wealthy rancher who has refused to pay his legally assessed grazing fees. One Nevada conservative activist says:
People who aren’t in tune with the story just jumped all over it. And then you go back and read the facts of the story, and then you go, ‘Uh oh.’ … This is one of those things that got way out of hand. It just feels like something that should have been handled a long time ago.