Is Steve Bannon About to Bring Down the GOP?

Let’s be frank. The current Republican party faces many challenges — corruption, racism, cronyism and a fracturing party with a reality TV show star as their standard-bearer.

Now they have one more: Steve Bannon is preparing to bring them down.

Yes, President Donald Trump’s right-hand man — the person who blueprinted his rise to power through the GOP primary and set him on a throne — is now officially off government duty. After Bannon was ousted, he claimed that he was just returning to doing what he does best — helping Trump, just in the civilian realm instead.

But the GOP has started to realize that helping Trump doesn’t necessarily mean helping Republicans as a whole. In fact, Bannon appears to be stoking the flames of an ongoing mainstream versus Tea Party schism — and he’s only planning to make it worse.

Appearing on 60 Minutes for his first interview after leaving the administration, Bannon called the Republican party the real enemies of President Trump and declared that they wanted to “nulify” the 2016 election:

The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That’s a brutal fact we have to face…I think Mitch McConnell, and to a degree, Paul Ryan. They do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented. It’s very obvious. It’s obvious as– it’s obvious as the– it’s obvious as night follows day…

If any doubt existed that Bannon was, in fact, starting a war with “establishment” GOP, it was removed as Bannon began floating a plan to recruit potential primary candidates that could take down sitting politicians.

“President Donald Trump’s closest allies are planning a slate of primary challenges against Republican senators, potentially undermining the party’s prospects in 2018 and further inflaming tensions between GOP leaders and the White House,” reports Politico. “The effort is being led by Steve Bannon, Trump’s bomb-throwing former chief strategist, who is launching an all-out war against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment. Bannon has begun holding private meetings with insurgent challengers, vowing his support. He’s coordinating with conservative mega-donor Robert Mercer, who is prepared to pour millions of dollars into attacks on GOP incumbents. Bannon has also installed a confidant at an outside group that is expected to target Republican lawmakers and push the Trump agenda.”

According to CNN, the potential targets in the Senate are “Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake” — and, in one of those races, they appear to be moving full steam ahead. Bannon is eagerly throwing himself into the Alabama Senate Republican primary, backing extremist right-wing Judge Roy Moore over incumbent Luther Strange.

Two sources close to Bannon say with Moore leading the race just two weeks out from primary election day, Bannon sees an opportunity to take credit for an early scalp and scare Republican incumbents into ending their burbling criticism of the President,” Talking Points Memo reports. “’Steve views this as the flashpoint in his national war against McConnell,’ said one source close to Bannon. ‘We’re sick and tired of these Senate and House Republicans thinking they can get away with a free shot at the President without facing any consequences.’”

So how scared is the GOP establishment?

At this point, Republicans appear to be trying to blow it off as an angry ex-aide with a lot of bluster. “’Now that he’s been fired, no one’s going to really care about anything else Steve Bannon has to say,’ Christie told ‘Newshour Monday’ on PBS. The prominent Trump ally added that the Breitbart editor was in his ‘last 15 minutes of fame,’” writes Newsweek.

It’s difficult to know who to root for when it comes to a GOP schism this vast. A primary win brings the party even further to the right and will make it impossible for any sort of cohesive federal level governing to happen. On the other hand, the more the GOP caters to its extremes and takes out its own moderates, the more likely Democrats are to win and regain power.

Do you hope for a Bannon victory, or a Bannon loss? Either way, we are definitely in for a long and bumpy ride.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore, Via Wikimedia Commons

49 comments

Jennifer H
Jennifer H1 months ago

Challenges? "The current Republican party faces many challenges — corruption, racism, cronyism " This is what they want and promote.....

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JT Smith
JT S1 months ago

https://ace910046sca1.blogspot.com/2016/12/its-neither-spoiler-nor-protest-vote.html

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JT Smith
JT S1 months ago

My reference to the media is in regards to how we've been hearing for decades that voting for a third-party candidate is a wasted vote. Let's face it, the media is owned by the elites [http://www.whiteoutpress.com/timeless/who-owns-the-american-media-here-s-the-list735/], and the elites are the ones who try to give us only two candidates between two parties every election cycle. The media has been burying all the various third-parties, and the media has control of the vetted information. Examples: "Mainstream media ignore third-party Senate challengers" [http://www.coloradoindependent.com/159013/colorado-local-news-media-2], "These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America" [http://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6], "Media Deception: You Are *Not* Getting The Truth" [http://www.newsfocus.org/media_control.htm], and "10 Brilliant Quotes by Noam Chomsky on How Media Really Operates in America" [http://www.alternet.org/media/10-brilliant-quotes-noam-chomsky-how-media-really-operates-america]. The dual party system as a whole has been sold to you. Frankly, you do better to stay well clear of American corporate media for your important information.

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JT Smith
JT S1 months ago

For a long time now, the Democratic and Republican parties have effectively controlled American politics between them while blocking out any other parties from truly participating. And thanks to the cozy nature of the relationships between those two parties and the media, the American public has been told ad nauseum that a vote for any other party's candidate would be waste of a vote. As a result, people accept this blindly without realizing that the status quo *can* and will change if enough people say: "No more!"

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heather g
heather g2 months ago

A strange man ....

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Rose R
Rose R2 months ago

Bannon is one scary man, often backing and promoting things and people who work counter to everything the United States stands for.

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One Heart i
One Heart i2 months ago

Thanks!!!

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Kathryn I
Kathryn I2 months ago

That would be nice!! Don't really care if he does! Thank you for sharing!

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Lisa M
Lisa M2 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M2 months ago

Noted.

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