Politics in America are increasingly eccentric and erratic; anything plays as long as it leads to political control. We see an Alabama Republican senate seat viciously fought for by Mitch McConnell who backed a former state attorney general named Luther Strange who replaced Senator Sessions’ vacant congressional seat while Steve Bannon and a posse of conservative Trump supporters like Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, even Nigel Farage threw their considerable weight to Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy S. Moore for that same Republican seat. It was figuratively, a fight to the death between establishment Republicans and the anti-establishment who now challenge them. The uncertainty for Strange despite the millions funneled his way, stems from McConnell’s campaign of personal destruction paid for by the Washington party establishment to denigrate Roy Moore. Dirty politics, the kind McConnell used, did not augur well for the cunning GOP play. Moore said, “the people of Alabama are not for sale.” He criticized the silk-stockinged DC elite for trying to control the votes of the people of Alabama, and he was right to say it. When millions are used to slam one Republican against another, it becomes clear there are two party factions screaming for attention within the Republican party – the less well heeled represented by Roy Moore who claims he will support Trump’s goals vs a big monied establishment candidate, Luther Strange, supported by RINO’s like McConnell and Ryan who have mastered only one thing: the practice of sabotaging Trump’s agenda.
Bannon made no bones about it. He described Mitch McConnell and other establishment leaders as “the most corrupt and incompetent group of individuals in this country. This election is $30 million being spent by Mitch McConnell to destroy Judge Moore.”
He also said, “Your day of reckoning is coming,” Bannon was strident!
Alabama delivered a resounding primary victory last night for Bannon’s man, Roy Moore who hung in there and proved his merit! All that money didn’t matter much. Moore walked away with a stunning 55% of the vote to Strange’s 45%. No different from the billions spent by Hillary vs the lesser amount spent by Trump. It was the message that counted and the American people have learned to discern the difference.
Moore told his supporters, “It is time to go and make America great.” He also said, “Mitch McConnell needs to be replaced.”
Predictably, with all that establishment money, Strange would have fallen right in line with the D.C. elite. It’s unlikely he would have been a proxy for Trump though that was the hand he played. Moore, a far more constitutionally adherent candidate, and a colorful principled gentleman, not easily bought and sold, would be less likely to do the same.
So why did Donald Trump support Luther Strange, the establishment candidate? Did he bestow a political gift to McConnell who is no defender of anything President Trump has attempted to do? Just yesterday, the Obamacare repeal and replace fell flat yet again. It would have given states more autonomy to mandate health care price discovery. To no one’s surprise, it didn’t happen.
Speculation tells us Trump may have jumped to the left in an attempt to woo establishment or he may have believed Strange would work with him. That’s a long shot with an unlikely result. Others surmised Trump was listening to individuals giving him bad advice. There’s speculation Jared Kushner encouraged Trump to endorse Strange. If true, Kushner’s judgment is seriously flawed.
From what we know, Trump is not a man easily cajoled into believing the RINOs might act in his best interests if he threw his support toward Strange.
Is it possible Bannon and Trump hatched a plan? A long shot, perhaps, but if it happened here’s how it played out: Bannon with his formidable gang of celebrity conservatives went to Alabama to fight for Moore (which they did) while Trump feigned support for Strange and the establishment (which he did). Either way, Trump walked away unscathed. Contentious Bannon/Trump squabbling was an easy card to play even if the two were really playing an artful game of chess for the win.
So too, Trump has pioneered an approach that imparts truth to the world in the frankest terms possible. Many in power are appalled by his ability to do that. Is it likely Trump was fooled by the likes of Mitch McConnell?
Moore’s runoff win, not so hard to calculate, was a referendum on Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment’s failure to perform. The American people are on to McConnell’s wily game of deceit. Many support Trump despite the main stream media’s bombastic assertions to the contrary.
Journalistic rules have ceased to matter. There are none.
This could be the start of something new for incumbent Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections if Moore is able to defeat his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones on December 12th. Bannon’s much ballyhooed departure from the White House was a calculated ploy to attack the establishment from outside the parameters of DC. Bannon made clear that was his objective and told us so on Sixty Minutes and Hannity’s new Fox time slot. The goal is to quash RINO’s, those pesty swamp creatures so Trump can enact legislation for the people.
Two can play that game. Shape up or we’ll ship you out. That’s Bannon’s willful intent and no one is counting him out. Not anymore.
Bannon is on point to hunt down establishment Republicans. “You’re going to see in state after state after state…people who follow the model of Judge Moore,” he warned.
Congressional sellouts should be worried.
Whether or not Trump and Bannon concocted a plan in Alabama doesn’t matter. The people delivered a scold and rebuke to the GOP establishment who supported an establishment foe.
Trump received a better result than he may have bargained for. It surely reveals Bannon’s power to effect change. He demonstrated his clout last night and how effective an ally he is for Trump. Bannon/Trump synergy works well in these times of fever-pitched leftist-madness.
It is up to the American people to stop it. Bannon intends to help them do that and we’re all paying attention.