Bannon is not the dark specter that many have portrayed him to be. I have found him to be super sharp, gruff in a generally positive way, and highly capable. (Which may be why some dislike him so much.) He has come out many times against crony capitalism, though he seems to hold some important parts of the libertarian economic critique at a respectful arm’s length. He never struck me as racist or anti-semitic in any way.
Man, Trump is something else. And I really liked saying the name “Scaramucci.” Oh well. Who’s up next?
If Scaramucci is a pitbull Bannon is a mastiff I guess. And Kelly’s an alligator.
“Step one, says Elliott Abrams: Get rid of Steve Bannon.
“He’s not a good influence on the president,” Abrams, no man to mince words, tells me. Having the White House’s chief political strategist on the National Security Council “was a terrible mistake,” and booting him was a good start to what needs to happen. A giant smile spreads across his face at the thought of Bannon being forced out of the White House completely.“
So let’s see. The House Leader, a Bushite Financier, a former Chief for Staff for Arlen Spector (!) who switched from Democrat to Republican to Democrat, and a Goldman Sachs guy. Oh hooray!
See Democrats you had nothing to worry about. Things are looking more and more Clintony with each passing day.
The swamp. It lives.
I would have put the word “risky” in quotes in the headline. Shoot, what isn’t risky in Washington?
The congressional conservatarian wing is asserting itself with Trump. It does not like Obamacare-lite. Steve Bannon understands this wing and why it is so important to give the members of this group a seat at the table. Can Mr. Bannon broker a deal? Probably.
I interviewed Steve Bannon a couple years ago on a panel and he said the same thing then.
Indeed it is a fight. The old guard isn’t just going to lay down and acquiesce. It will fight tooth and nail. The “administrative state” will scrap, and scrape, and get down in the mud, and wail and moan and bite and tear. The crony capital enjoys an elevated status. Its denizens will never just relinquish the trappings of big government.* Never.
How Steve Bannon won the election with one brilliant idea
As a point of information both co-founders of this site have written for Breitbart. The website can be divisive to be sure. (It can also be quite good.) It also makes mistakes just like every news website sometimes does. But Breitbart is certainly no worse than the Huffington Post or Salon in its “outrageousness.”
I once interviewed Steve Bannon at the National Press Club. He was part of a panel on “the future of conservatism.” I’ve spoken to him a few times and I’ve written a number of articles for Breitbart over the years. He strikes me as a tough, bulldog of a guy. He doesn’t take any guff and he knows the tactics of the social justice warriors better than most of the social justice warriors themselves. He can out Alinsky the Alinskyites.
The company says that it believes the audit is politically motivated.