California Constituents Serenade Devin Nunes With the Russian Anthem
Nunes’ California constituents serenaded him this weekend: with the Russian anthem. They have a clear message to him: get out of bed with Trump and do you job. We want a guard dog not a lapdog.
“Some 300 hooting, jeering protesters hit the streets Friday to angrily confront House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) as he visited his district in California’s Central Valley.”
“Get out of bed with Trump” and “We need a guard dog, not a lap dog” were among the signs seen and chants heard. Some protesters played the Russian national anthem.
“Rarely has the seven-term congressman met with such opposition until this year.”
“Nunes, who served on Trump’s transition team, is “not working for the people. He’s working for the president and that’s not his job,” one protester told KFSN-TV. He’s supposed to be “here for us. I feel his complicity in what’s going down.” Others in the crowd called for an independent investigation into the Russia issue.”
“Demonstrators also called out Nunes for his work attempting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, for the Trump administration’s moves to slash the Environmental Protection Agency, and for Nunes’ refusal to hold town hall meetings in his district.”
“But the current hot-button topic was Nunes’ investigation of the Russian issue, and several signs demanded that Nunes recuse himself from the probe or resign.”
Last week, GOP Congressman Ted Yoho literally said that. He said Nunes ‘Works for the President, he answers to the President.’
Here’s a question, though: who is Devin Nunes and how did he come to head the intelligence committee? What are his qualifications?
Nunes got to where he is-head of the House intelligence committee-not based on what he knows but who he knows.
“Networking, not expertise, got him the Intel gavel so many now want to take away.”
“Any search for a single Republican capable of undermining not only his party’s efforts to project a modicum of independence from President Donald Trump, but also the House’s institutional standing in the world of global affairs oversight, would not normally focus on an alfalfa and dairy farmer turned congressman from California.”
“But such is the uniquely unsettled nature of Washington this spring that the open casting call for the most newly pilloried person at the Capitol this year is over after just 10 weeks, the role awarded by virtually unanimous consent to Devin Gerald Nunes.”
“Presumably unwittingly, Nunes has overhauled his profile early in his eighth House term. The reputation he’d cultivated for low-key diligence, workmanlike bipartisanship and backroom networking during his first two years as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is gone, replaced with singular renown for gridlocking his panel at a potentially historic juncture after freelancing some not-so-smooth sleuthing that left him looking very much like an accomplice of the folks he’s supposed to be investigating.”
“If he’s troubled by the rapid turn of events — which have propelled him from relative obscurity to national ridicule on the sort of trajectory that Washington culture rarely permits to be reversed — Nunes hardly betrays any anxiety.”
“Reports of my political demise will prove to be premature,” he said with a chuckle as he left the Capitol one afternoon last week.
Ok, so he’s shameless as well. No wonder he gets along with Trump so well.
“His 22nd District, which is about half Hispanic, just barely went for Trump last fall even as Nunes was cruising to re-election with two-thirds of the vote. That suggests his political footing back home remains solid, even though the editorial page of the dominant local newspaper, the Fresno Bee, chided his behavior during the Russia inquiry as “inept and bewildering” and labeling him as “subservient” to the president.”
Maybe. Though if Trump underperformed and is now at a 34% approval rating-in yesterday’s IBD poll; Trump is now under 40% in the averages-then maybe at some point Nunes finds that ‘Working for the President’ is a liability?
He’s now the lightning rod he never was before so we’ll see if 2018 is a tougher race for him.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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