Bannon Becomes Threat For Republicans On Taxes… Dems Privately Rooting For Him To Succeed
Steve Bannon is becoming a problem for Republicans on tax reform.
President Trump’s former chief strategist is threatening to support right-wing opponents to every GOP senator up for reelection, aside from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
He argues that GOP senators are falling short in enacting the Trump agenda, blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his conference over the failure to repeal ObamaCare.
If the GOP follows up with another loss on tax reform, Republican senators know it will just give Bannon more ammunition to use against them.
“There’s one antidote to Steve Bannon: success,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters on Tuesday.
A win on tax reform could quiet Bannon, Graham suggested.
“If people see us delivering on health care and taxes … all of our guys and gals are going to win,” Graham said. “But if we go into 2018 saying, ‘well, we just don’t have enough Republicans,’ Bannon will beat ‘em all or come close to beating ‘em.”
President Trump on Monday sought to balance his remarks about Bannon and GOP senators.
Bannon’s move to purge GOP may backfire
The GOP long ago purged liberal Republicans out of the party. Now, Bannon seeks to purge moderate, centrist, center-right conservatives and bipartisan Republicans out of the party. What kind of Republican Party will be left if Bannon and far-right conservative groups succeed in their attempts to oust even very staunch conservatives, such as Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)?
There are various potential outcomes to the Bannon play. Trump may seek to persuade Bannon to end his attempted purge and succeed. Trump may not try to persuade Bannon to end his purge, which should show he has been colluding with Bannon behind the scenes.
If Bannon proceeds with his planned purge, his candidates could be defeated by more moderate or establishment Republicans in primaries. However, there is a very strong chance that Bannon succeeds and his candidates win a succession of primaries against incumbent Republicans, in which case, Bannon could well become the most powerful Republican in America.
CONFUSION: Backs ESTABLISHMENT candidates?
Matt Rosendale, the Montana state auditor running for U.S. Senate, recently received the endorsement du jour in Republican politics: Steve Bannon plucked him for the slate of candidates he is backing as part of his war on the GOP establishment.
Rosendale, whose straight-shooting style first impressed Bannon when he still worked in the West Wing, is part of Bannon’s master plan to reshape the party by supporting challengers running against every Republican incumbent in the Senate — except Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
But Bannon’s interest in Rosendale — as well as many of the other candidates on his dance card — also has some Washington GOP power brokers confused by his definition of “anti-establishment.”
SHOCK POLL: ROY MOORE TIED IN ALABAMA…
Republican Roy Moore, the anti-Republican establishment candidate, is tied at 42 percent apiece with Democrat Doug Jones in the U.S. Senate race in deep-red Alabama.
A Fox News Poll also finds that among just the 53 percent of Alabama registered voters who are extremely or very interested in the race, Jones has a one-point edge over Moore (46-45 percent).
The special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is December 12.
The competitiveness of the race is striking. Donald Trump won Alabama by 28 points in 2016, yet the Steve Bannon-backed Moore defeated the president’s favored candidate, incumbent Luther Strange, in the GOP primary.