This is absolutely fascinating. I’ve been trying to develop a theory around it in my head for months (if not years!). I think you’re absolutely spot on!

I see people like Nunes, Jordan, Graham, McConnell etc., whether we agree with them or not, they are elected representatives who are palpably not un-intelligent men, yet they seem to revel in the image of them coming across as total morons. Just objectively moronic.

To develop on your great piece, I think it has a lot to do with ‘authenticity’. Politicians attempting to appear SO ‘authentic’ that they try incredibly hard to mirror their voters — so much so that they end up with a “you’re an idiot, I’m going to pretend I’m an idiot too so you think I’m like you”

Writing on US politics from across the pond. Occasional comments in the build up to the 2020 election week. Views rarely my own. Especially the funny ones.

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