Devin “Luca Brasi” NUnes

Devin "Luca Brasi" Nunes

by digby


Resembling a local, conservative news site, “The California Republican” is classified on Facebook as a “media/news company” and claims to deliver “the best of US, California, and Central Valley news, sports, and analysis.”

But the website is paid for by Nunes’ campaign committee, according to small print at the bottom of the site. Leading the home page this week: A photograph of Nunes over the headline: “Understanding the process behind #ReleaseTheMemo.”

The story, like many others on, largely excerpts other publications, including both conservative and mainstream sources. Headlines include “CNN busted for peddling fake news AGAIN!,” “California’s budget future isn’t as good as it looks” and “Billions of dollars later, Democrats and the LA Times start to see the light on high-speed rail.”

Lulz. This "news site" are also on top of the Russia Investigation. In December they featured the blockbuster story “Mueller’s missteps began from the get-go. They’ve gotten worse.” This one too: “The Russians are everywhere… and nowhere.” The piece says that "seeing Russians around every corner has been the downfall of credibility for many arm-chair pundits.” No word on who they might be talking about.

Nunes went down the rabbit hole some time ago. And it's interesting that he did it because until recently he was one of the more vociferous tea party antagonists, defending the leadership of the House against those who bucked it. Now he's been moved up in the family to become the chief thug for President Donald Trump.

Devin Nunes is a mob enforcer --- the Luca Brasi of the Republican Party.