“I used to spend ninety per cent of my constituent response time on people who call, e-mail, or send a letter, such as, ‘I really like this bill, H.R. 123,’ and they really believe in it because they heard about it through one of the groups that they belong to, but their view was based on actual legislation,” Nunes said. “Ten per cent were about ‘Chemtrails from airplanes are poisoning me’ to every other conspiracy theory that’s out there. And that has essentially flipped on its head.” The overwhelming majority of his constituent mail is now about the far-out ideas, and only a small portion is “based on something that is mostly true.” He added, “It’s dramatically changed politics and politicians, and what they’re doing.”
The Republican base has gone totally insane, and its methods are unsound. You wouldn’t know that from reading establishment media analyses, because both sides do it, axiomatically. A million on the right demanding to see the kerning on Obama’s birth certificate are cancelled out by a guy in Marin who writes his Congressmen about talking to trees.
But my guess is that lots of Republican Congressmen would tell you the same thing Nunes is saying. And that has no parallel on the left.