What’s remarkable about Nunes’ move is, 잘, two things:
1. Republicans are strongly favored to retake the House majority in 2022
2. If that happened, Nunes would serve as the chairman of the powerful and influential Ways and Means Committee.
지금, California’s congressional lines are being redrawn by an independent commission and the preliminary maps suggested that Nunes’ Central Valley district is likely to become more Democratic than the seat he has held since the early 2000s.
그래서, Nunes getting reelected — particularly with his profile as one of Trump’s closest allies — was no sure thing. 그러나, given the congressman’s name ID and massive fundraising ability, he would likely have started as the frontrunner in a 2022 경주.
Which means that Nunes chose being the CEO of the latest Trump business
— 어느, not for nothing
, 이다 already drawing some not-great press
— over helming one of the two or three most influential committees in Congress
And that tells you everything about how the center of power and influence within the Republican Party has dramatically shifted in the Trump years.
Nunes is far from the only example
, 물론이야. Florida Rep
. Matt Gaetz, another Trump ally
, was rumored to be courting a job with one of several conservative media outlets as an off-ramp from Congress
. South Carolina Rep
. 트레이 고디 retired from Congress in 2018
그리고 지금은 his own weekend show
폭스 뉴스 채널.
While the likes of Reps. 마조리 테일러 그린, Madison Cawthorn and Lauren Boebert all currently hold House seats, each has made abundantly clear that their priority is building a national conservative brand — via appearances on Fox News and other conservative channels — rather than focusing on the traditional jobs of committee work and, 알 잖아, legislating.
누네스’ move then is simply the latest piece of evidence that Trump is the sun in the Republican orbit; he is the thing around which everything and everyone — congressional leaders, conservative channels, interest groups — rotate.
And the only thing that matters in that universe is proximity to its center. Getting — and staying — in Trump’s good graces, no matter how you do it, is the pathway to fame and, 예, fortune within the party these days.
Nunes knows that. Which is why he walked away from a job that, even a decade ago, every single ambitious Republican in the country would have killed for. That’s just how much Donald Trump has changed everything.