When Steve Bannon left the White House, there was some uncertainty as to exactly where he would land, and what he would be doing once his feet touched back down on the ground.
As many predicted, the media mogul and republican strategist headed back to the Breitbart empire that he had so meticulously groomed for success, presumably to continue he and President Trump’s fight against the GOP establishment. The established “drain the swamp” ethos fresh on his mind, Bannon wasn’t prepared to abandon his position of influence easily, and the original claims that he would be continuing his fight “on the outside” for President Trump seemed to be little more than lip service at the time.
Yet now we see Bannon with a clear, 20/20 vision, unrestrained by the political machinations of the entrenched Washington establishment, and Breitbart is certainly not the only project poised to procure the patented Bannon touch.
Now on the Washington outsider’s plate: The 2018 midterm elections.
“Frustrated with Republican incumbents’ inability to pass any significant legislation, the Republican donor class started meeting with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon over his plan to primary establishment Republicans.
“Former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon met with notable Republican donors, many whom remain frustrated by the Republican establishment’s inability to pass significant legislation such as repealing and replacing Obamacare, tax reform, and funding a southern border wall. The Republican donor class will consider backing Bannon’s campaign to challenge Senate Republican incumbents in the war against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“Bannon reportedly is lining up a series of primary challengers whom he believes will back President Donald Trump’s agenda.
“Andy Surabian, a senior adviser to the Great American Alliance and ex-White House aide, told Breitbart News, ‘We’re planning on building a broad anti-establishment coalition to replace the Republican Party of old with fresh new blood and fresh new ideas.’”
Bannon has joined a growing number of Americans who are rightfully livid with the processes of Washington D.C. in the era of President Trump.
The Donald stormed into office on a wave of American enthusiasm not seen in decades, as the often underrepresented conservative majority of the nation felt that, finally, they had a man in D.C. that could represent them. Given the promises made by GOP leaders near the end of the 2016 election, there was little fear of a silent coup on Capitol Hill during the first few weeks of Trump’s reign, but now, many of those promises have been revealed as nothing more than political chicanery meant as C.Y.A. bets by GOP elites.
With Bannon headed to the bank, those republican stalwarts will soon realize that they’ve written checks with their mouth that their derrieres cannot cash.