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Let the record show that Mr. Reid did refrain from accusing Mr. Bundy of being in cahoots with “the billionaire Koch brothers.”

Second, the incident shows the danger of allowing the federal government to become so powerful. As Ronald Reagan observed, “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”

Third, the involvement of people close to Mr. Reid cries out for an inquiry, and perhaps more. Nevada has a law allowing recall of “every public officer in the state.” Nevada’s secretary of state issued a 1977 opinion that the law doesn’t cover U.S. senators, but it’s never been court-tested. Perhaps it’s time.

Tea Party leaders in 2010 launched an effort to recall New Jersey Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez for backing Obamacare. The petition drive was tied up in court until the New Jersey Supreme Court dismissed it as “moot” because Mr. Menendez ran for (and won) re-election in 2012.

Mr. Reid isn’t up for re-election until 2016.

Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.