Wednesday, October 11, 2017


I didn't get much in the way of news from this morning's Mike Allen story about Steve Bannon, despite the breathless headline -- "Inside Bannon's Plans for a GOP Civil War." "Bannon vows to support primary challengers against every incumbent Republican senator running for re-election in 2018 — with the sole exception of Ted Cruz"? We knew that. Pledging to reject Mitch McConnell as Senate leader is "becoming a de facto litmus test in Bannon's recruitment"? We knew that, too. And we knew from The Hill that Republicans fear Bannon is putting the GOP's majority in the Senate at risk.
The veteran election forecaster Charlie Cook this week said Republicans have only an even chance of holding the majority despite their advantages.

“Given their current disarray, Republicans will need to fight hard to gain any new seats, and losing one or two of their own seats would put their majority in jeopardy,” Cook wrote in National Journal.
(Yes, despite the fact that Democrats are defending 25 Senate seats this year while Republicans are defending only 9, political pros are arguing that Democrats could take the Senate. Yesterday Politico had a story speculating on that possibility, one day after Politico told us that Democrats might suffer a McGovern-size rout in the 2020 presidential election. So Republicans are the verge of doom, unless they're on the verge of triumph -- or maybe they're somewhere in the middle. Thanks for the expert analysis, Politico!)

But I got real insight on Bannon from from an unlikely source: the headline to this radio monologue transcript at Rush Limbaugh's site:
Bannon: One Election Isn’t Enough
Limbaugh quoted this excerpt from Bannon's recent Sean Hannity interview:
BANNON: To take your country back, it’s not gonna happen in just any one election. This is something you’re gonna have to grind out day in and day out for the next five, 10, 15, 20 years. It took us a long time to get here. There’s no magic wand we can wave and drain the swamp. There’s no magic wand we can wave and blow up this establishment. I hate to tell people, you’re gonna have to work.
What's happening here? It's obvious. Now that Bannon is out of the White House, he wants a steady flow of money from his sugar daddy and mommy, Robert and Rebekah Mercer. Breitbart is nice, but he feels he needs to offer them more. And so we have this blow-up-the-GOP project -- which Bannon says is going to go on forever.

Bannon has spent years looking for something that's going to make him rich and consequential. He went to Goldman Sachs. He went to Hollywood. He ingratiated himself with Donald Trump. Now this is what he's doing to make the money and power flow in his direction for a long, long time to come.

Bannon is really into this, and it's causing him to lose perspective. Right now at Breitbart, what's the lead story? It's not what you'd imagine Breitbart's audience would want to read about -- Harvey Weinstein or Jemele Hill or tax cuts. It's this:

Maybe you're thinking what I thought when I read that -- who the hell is Steven Law? As we learn from the story, he works with Rove at American Crossroads -- he's the president and CEO. Bannon is gunning for him in Breitbart's top story, not Hollywood liberals or woke ESPN hosts.

Why? I guess because that's where the money is.

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