Analysis: Nunes’ decision to leave Congress for Trump’s social media company indicates where power lies in the conservative movement
As the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, Devin Nunes was next to become its chairman if Republicans took over the House in 2022. That is, Nunes would have achieved what is widely regarded as the most powerful presidency in the House of Representatives.
And all he had to do was stay in Congress.
Nunes’ decision says a lot about where power lies in the conservative movement – or, at least, where Nunes thinks it is. This is not about writing complex tax legislation in Congress. No, Nunes’ decision indicates that he believes the power lies in the pro-Trump media.
And Nunes is not wrong. I have long emphasized that key figures in the right-wing media – people like Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and many others – have much more influence on the state of the GOP than lawmakers, including powerful figures like than Mitch McConnell.
Lawmakers don’t define the narratives inside the GOP as much as they react to their constituents’ action on those narratives. The people responsible for setting up the narratives are the media propagandists who much of the conservative base trusts and whom they turn to for their news and information.
Nunes has indicated for some time that he understood this, becoming a regular commentator on Fox News over the years. His decision to leave the ship on Monday shows that he is now fully committed to this path …
It’s also not as if Trump’s business is hugely successful. Yes, Trump says he got a $ 1 billion investment. But Truth Social is still a fledgling company that has – in a short period of time in the public arena – put up some serious red flags.
In other words, Nunes isn’t even leaving Congress for a safe bet on a right-wing platform like Fox News. This makes his gesture even more remarkable …