There were a handful of prolific Republicans who the Left really wanted to defeat on Tuesday: Senator Ted Cruz (they didn’t), Rep. Ron DeSantis (they didn’t), Rep. Steve King (they didn’t) and Rep. Devin Nunes (they didn’t).
Nunes became a target of the Left and some anti-Trump Republicans for his unwavering leadership in exposing the biggest political scandal in U.S. history: How the Obama administration weaponized the country’s law enforcement and intelligence apparatus to spy on a rival presidential campaign then sabotage an incoming administration.
While the California congressman unfortunately will lose his chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee in 2019, Nunes won his ninth term by defeating Andrew Janz, a county prosecutor, by 12 points. Nunes’ victory was a blow to celebrities, the news media and activists rooting against him; rock bands Third Eye Blind and Cake performed at campaign rallies for his Democratic opponent. Nearly $1 million of outside money poured into the district to boost Janz, who spent $7.3 million trying to unseat the popular incumbent.
But Janz wasn’t the only loser Tuesday night. Here’s a brief list of other Nunes foes who have the sadz today:
The Fresno Bee: This paper has been at war with Nunes since the last election, posting hundreds of negative articles, columns and letters-to-the editor about him, and endorsing his opponent for the first time. Reporters have harassed family members – including his wife and grandmother – and made bogus allegations of impropriety. Nunes fired back by releasing a lengthy mailer that detailed the Bee’s unethical conduct and its political crusade against him and his family.
Liz Mair: The so-called Republican consultant operates a shady anti-Nunes PAC that claims to want to protect the Special Counsel’s investigation but really is trying to run Nunes out of office. Mair tweets about Nunes constantly, refers to him as “Dirty Devin,” and weirdly recorded a stunt where she delivered running shoes to Nunes’ Capitol Hill office.
The Weekly Standard: The so-called conservative magazine and its editor-at-large-and-getting-larger Bill Kristol are no fans of Nunes. Kristol objected to the release of Nunes’ February 2018 memo detailing the FISA warrant on Carter Page and has made several derogatory comments about Nunes on Twitter. The Standard published a front-cover hit piece on Nunes, authored by a Democratic operative, last July. Watch for more Standard smears aimed at Nunes as he ramps up pressure for the president to declassify key documents before the end of the year.
Washed-up rockers and movie stars: Celebrities lined up against Nunes: Axl Rose, Mark Hamill, and Jim Carrey were just a few to publicly blast him, and others donated money to his opponent. Valerie Bertinelli warned the “sweet people” in Nunes’ district over the weekend that he “doesn’t care about them.”
But Nunes has one powerful fan: Donald Trump. The president has said Nunes should win a Medal of Freedom for his investigation into FISAgate. Trump has two more months to assist Nunes before Rep. Adam Schiff takes over the committee in January. Let’s get busy.