To understand Steve Bannon, you have to understand what happened to his father. "I come from a blue collar, Irish-Catholic, pro-Kennedy, pro-union family of Democrats," he once told Bloomberg Businessweek. Martin Bannon began his career as an assistant splicer for a telephone company and toiled as a lineman. Rising into management, the elder Bannon carved out a comfortable middle-class life for his wife and five kids on his working man's salary. Friends say Steve pays frequent visits to his father, now 95 and widowed, at the old family home in Richmond's Ginter Park neighborhood.Bannon has his finger on the pulse of blue-collar whites. They hate "cultural elitists" with the fury of a thousand suns. So what's the background of Bannon's new aide? Surely she's a self-made bootstrapper who attended non-elite schools and studied practical, goal-oriented subjects -- right?
The last financial crisis put a huge dent in Martin's life savings, according to two people close to the family. Steve watched with fury as his former Wall Street colleagues emerged virtually unscathed and scot-free--while America's once great middle class, the people like his father, absorbed the weight of the damage.
"The sharp change came, I think, in 2008," says Patrick McSweeney, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia and longtime family friend. Bannon saw it as a matter of "fundamental unfairness": the hardworking folks like his father got stiffed. And the bankers got bailed out.
Hahn was raised in Beverly Hills and attended Harvard-Westlake, an exclusive private high school in Los Angeles.... She majored in philosophy at the University of Chicago and studied in Paris....That's the top aide to the most powerful man in the White House. Together, she and the Goldman Sachs alum are going to usher in a new golden age for the common man.
Hahn’s senior thesis, about “issues at the intersection of psychoanalysis and post-Foucauldian philosophical inquiry,” drew on the work of Leo Bersani, whose ideas she called “hugely transformational.” Bersani, a left-wing cultural theorist who taught at Berkeley, is known for his provocative writings on Freud and sexuality; his books include “Homos” and “Is the Rectum a Grave? And Other Essays.”
Blue-collar whites, you've been snookered again.